This year's Open Source Summit will explain how to build, engage with, and maintain open source communities -- and when we say open source, we don't just mean software, we also mean hardware and data.
If you are a federal civil servant that needs to build or engage with an open source community, you should plan on attending.
Be warned however: this is not your average event! The multi-agency planning team is tasked with ensuring that the event provides substantive benefit to federal agency personnel, and the format is uniquely designed to deliver not just abstract content from subject matter experts (of course we have those), but also the opportunity to see this knowledge applied to a specific case study, and then to learn how to apply it to your specific situation.
In addition, we will collate the results of the discussions during the event and make them available afterwards so that others may learn from the shared experiences and wisdom of their peers.
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:
- (3) 10 minute speeches by experts
- (1) hour long vignette where a federal employee will pose a current issue they are struggling with and receive advice from the three experts. There will also be opportunity for the audience and remote participants to provide suggestions and recommendations.
- (2) 1 hour long small group discussion periods during which the participants will propose topic-relevant discussions that the experts and other participants will engage in. All will work to improve their understanding of the topic or find solutions to the raised issue.
- (1) 1/2 hour Report out where all participants have the opportunity to share what they learned in their discussions to further disseminate knowledge and learning.
The fourth is unconference style to allow participants and experts to discuss additional topics they are interested in.
At the end of the event, the proceedings of all discussions will be made available for others to learn from.
Day One - Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|8:00am||Registration Opens with Breakfast|
|Open Source Communities|
How they work. How to engage with them. How to manage them.
|9:00am||Why do people join them? Motivations for engaging in open source communities.|
Pierros Papadeas, Community Manager, Mozilla Corporation
|9:10am||Governance Models and how to set them up.|
Jim Jagielski, President/Director/Co-Founder/Member, The Apache Software Foundation
|9:20am||Federal Legal and Policy issues that impinge on community engagement.|
Vicki E. Allums, Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Defense
|9:30am||Engaging America: The Open-Source Opportunity at the Census Bureau|
Alec Permison, Applications Manager, Census.gov
|10:30am||Participant Problem Solving Session One|
|11:30am||Participant Problem Solving Session Two|
|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?
|2:00pm||Open Source Licensing - and transitioning to one.|
Ben Balter, Government Bureaucrat, GitHub
|2:10pm||How to move a closed development community to open.|
Mike Pulsifer, Lead IT Specialist, Department of Labor
|2:20pm||How to grow users into active community members and get your community more engaged.|
Joseph Porcelli, Director, GovDelivery & GovLoop Engagement Services
|2:30pm||How do We Shift from Government-Led to Community-Led Software Development to Support Cancer Research?|
Juli Klemm, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
|3:30pm||Participant's Problem Solving Session One|
|4:30pm||Participant's Problem Solving Session Two|
|5:30pm||Report Out and Closing|
|6:00pm||Head to the local reception!|
Day Two - Wednesday, June 26, 2013
|8:00am||Registration Opens with Breakfast|
|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?
|9:00am||The Foundations for Community Building. Determining where to host code, who are relevant pre-existing communities, how to reach them, and other fundamentals.|
Thea Aldrich, Random Hacks of Kindness Community Support Manager, Second Muse
|9:10am||Growing a Community. How to find more members and get them actively involved.|
Jeff Walpole, CEO, Phase2
|9:20am||Cross-agency collaboration on open source projects.|
Gray Brooks, Senior API Strategist, General Services Administration
|9:30am||Open Source and Science at NSF.|
Daniel S. Katz, Program Director, CISE/ACI, National Science Foundation
|9:40am||DARPA XDATA: Creating a new community, an organizational framework, and efficient mechanisms for government development and adaptation of open source big data tools.|
Dr. Christopher White, XDATA Program Manager, DARPA
|10:40am||Participant's Problem Solving Session One|
|11:35am||Participant's Problem Solving Session Two|
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.
|2:00pm||Participant's Problem Solving Session One|
|3:00pm||Participant's Problem Solving Session Two|
|4:00pm||Report Out and Closing|
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.
The Planning Team
In order to attract and maintain a confident user community, open-source projects need a software process centered on testing, validation, and transparent communication. This video describes software process and communication tools used by two successful open source software libraries: the National Library of Medicine's Insight Toolkit (ITK) and Kitware's Visualization Toolkit (VTK). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org