This year's Open Source Summit explained how to build, engage with, and maintain open source communities -- not only with software, but hardware and data as well.
This was not an average event. The multi-agency planning team was tasked with ensuring that the event provided substantive benefit to federal agency personnel, and the format was uniquely designed to deliver not just abstract content from subject matter experts attending, but also gave participants the opportunity to see this knowledge applied to a specific case study, and then to learn how to apply it to a specific situation.
Open Source Communities
How they work. How to engage with them. How to manage them.
Converting Closed Communities to Open
If you have a pre-existing development community and you are open sourcing the project, how do you manage this complexity?
Creating a New Community
So you're releasing a project or data into the wild. How do you find people who care and get them excited about it?
We don't know everything you'll need to learn, so we leave this time for discussions that don't fit cleanly into the other time slots.
This event has four parts, each of which is 4 hours long. The first three are each focused on a specific topic and follow this format:
This event grows out of the past two years of success. The first Open Source Summit was held at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA and focused specifically on NASA's open source policies. Last year, OSS [full schedule] moved to the University of Maryland in College Park and broadened the discussion to include all agencies, including NASA, the State Dept, and the VA on the planning team.