FOSS:
Building a strong ecosystem
          5th November 2008




                Pia Waugh
         Consultant – Waugh Pa...
FOSS?
FOSS?


Software?
FOSS?


Software?
Development methodology?
FOSS?


Software?
Development methodology?
Industry?
FOSS?


Software?
Development methodology?
Industry?
Community?
FOSS?


Software?
Development methodology?
Industry?
Community?
Open Standards?
FOSS


Software
Development methodology
Industry
Community
Open Standards
And, and, and....
FOSS is an ecosystem of
         people
The Idea
The Idea goes public
People can see the Idea
Get the Idea
And contribute to the Idea
So the Idea can evolve
Community distributions
Commercial distributions
Local User Groups
FOSS is an ecosystem
           of people...

●   Projects
●
    Community distributions
●
    Commercial distributions
●
...
... who do stuff

●   Software development
●
    Support
●
    Documentation
●
    Implementation
●
    Demos and talks
●
...
Many do it
for fun
Many do it
for work
Many do it to
improve the world
Communities are driven by

●   Individuals
●
    Technical needs
●
    Vision
●
    Grassroot efforts
The roles of
Government

    ?
Government: Using FOSS

●   Industry develops through market needs
Government: Using FOSS

●   Industry develops through market needs
●
    Community responds to user needs
Government: Using FOSS

●   Industry develops through market needs
●
    Community responds to user needs
●
    Skills dev...
Government: Using FOSS

●   Industry develops through market needs
●
    Community responds to user needs
●
    Skills dev...
Government: Using FOSS

●   Industry develops through market needs
●
    Community responds to user needs
●
    Skills dev...
Government: Using FOSS

●   Industry develops through market needs
●
    Community responds to user needs
●
    Skills dev...
Government: Using FOSS

●   Industry develops through market needs
●
    Community responds to user needs
●
    Skills dev...
Ensure there is a need

Cost savings – Migration or consolidation

Sustainability – National Archives of Australia

Flexib...
Government:
           Developing FOSS

●   Innovate with existing tools
Government:
           Developing FOSS

●   Innovate with existing tools
●
    Use FOSS collaboration methods and tools
Government:
           Developing FOSS

●   Innovate with existing tools
●
    Use FOSS collaboration methods and tools
●
...
Government:
           Developing FOSS

●   Innovate with existing tools
●
    Use FOSS collaboration methods and tools
●
...
Government:
          Supporting Communities

●   Communities are bottom up, not top down
Government:
          Supporting Communities

●   Communities are bottom up, not top down
●
    Support enthusiasm within ...
Government:
          Supporting Communities

●   Communities are bottom up, not top down
●
    Support enthusiasm within ...
Government:
           Supporting Communities

●   Communities are bottom up, not top down
●
    Support enthusiasm within...
Government:
           Supporting Communities

●   Communities are bottom up, not top down
●
    Support enthusiasm within...
Government:
           Supporting Communities

●   Communities are bottom up, not top down
●
    Support enthusiasm within...
FOSS in Australia

✔ Private – strong user community
✔ Education – growing rapidly
✔ The Open Source Industry – highly ski...
FOSS in the
               Australian Government
➢    Over 60% of agencies using FOSS
➢
     Leadership from flagship agen...
World experiences
World experiences
World experiences
World experiences
World experiences




                  ●
                    Sustainability      Education           Local industry
●
   ...
Thank you & Questions

                          Useful links
                      Linux Australia - http://linux.org.au/...
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Building A Strong Open Source Ecosystem - Lessons From Around The World

  1. 1. FOSS: Building a strong ecosystem 5th November 2008 Pia Waugh Consultant – Waugh Partners Founding Member – OLPC Friends President – Software Freedom International pia@waughpartners.com.au
  2. 2. FOSS?
  3. 3. FOSS? Software?
  4. 4. FOSS? Software? Development methodology?
  5. 5. FOSS? Software? Development methodology? Industry?
  6. 6. FOSS? Software? Development methodology? Industry? Community?
  7. 7. FOSS? Software? Development methodology? Industry? Community? Open Standards?
  8. 8. FOSS Software Development methodology Industry Community Open Standards And, and, and....
  9. 9. FOSS is an ecosystem of people
  10. 10. The Idea
  11. 11. The Idea goes public
  12. 12. People can see the Idea
  13. 13. Get the Idea
  14. 14. And contribute to the Idea
  15. 15. So the Idea can evolve
  16. 16. Community distributions
  17. 17. Commercial distributions
  18. 18. Local User Groups
  19. 19. FOSS is an ecosystem of people... ● Projects ● Community distributions ● Commercial distributions ● Local User Groups ● Industry ● Users and innovators ● Advocates
  20. 20. ... who do stuff ● Software development ● Support ● Documentation ● Implementation ● Demos and talks ● User meetings ● Outreach events
  21. 21. Many do it for fun
  22. 22. Many do it for work
  23. 23. Many do it to improve the world
  24. 24. Communities are driven by ● Individuals ● Technical needs ● Vision ● Grassroot efforts
  25. 25. The roles of Government ?
  26. 26. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs
  27. 27. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs
  28. 28. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development
  29. 29. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development ● Best practices
  30. 30. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development ● Best practices ● Reduction of FOSS procurement blockages
  31. 31. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development ● Best practices ● Reduction of FOSS procurement blockages ● Benefits of FOSS systems & industry
  32. 32. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development ● Best practices ● Reduction of FOSS procurement blockages ● Benefits of FOSS systems & industry ● Ask your vendors about FOSS
  33. 33. Ensure there is a need Cost savings – Migration or consolidation Sustainability – National Archives of Australia Flexibility & Collaboration – eGovernment Trusted Systems – eVoting – Diebold, ACT vs Victoria
  34. 34. Government: Developing FOSS ● Innovate with existing tools
  35. 35. Government: Developing FOSS ● Innovate with existing tools ● Use FOSS collaboration methods and tools
  36. 36. Government: Developing FOSS ● Innovate with existing tools ● Use FOSS collaboration methods and tools ● Encourage contribution to projects where appropriate – bugs reports, code, docs
  37. 37. Government: Developing FOSS ● Innovate with existing tools ● Use FOSS collaboration methods and tools ● Encourage contribution to projects where appropriate – bugs reports, code, docs ● Whitebranding easy Government adoption
  38. 38. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down
  39. 39. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down ● Support enthusiasm within departments
  40. 40. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down ● Support enthusiasm within departments ● Encourage participation in FOSS communities
  41. 41. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down ● Support enthusiasm within departments ● Encourage participation in FOSS communities ● Give staff time to learn and develop
  42. 42. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down ● Support enthusiasm within departments ● Encourage participation in FOSS communities ● Give staff time to learn and develop ● Support user groups – venue, pizza, hardware
  43. 43. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down ● Support enthusiasm within departments ● Encourage participation in FOSS communities ● Give staff time to learn and develop ● Support user groups – venue, pizza, hardware ● Run/support events – hackfests, competitions
  44. 44. FOSS in Australia ✔ Private – strong user community ✔ Education – growing rapidly ✔ The Open Source Industry – highly skilled globally successful and local development ✔ The Open Source community – large and skilled community, project leaders several local development labs ✔ Government – great case studies, lacking cohesive leadership and strategy
  45. 45. FOSS in the Australian Government ➢ Over 60% of agencies using FOSS ➢ Leadership from flagship agencies ➢ NAA – archival of Government data ➢ NSW Judicial Commission – core biz apps ➢ AGIMO – Government collaboration – GovDex ➢ NSW DET – FOSS in education ➢ Agencies participating in the community ➢ Increase in pilots and trials “Open Source is the future” - Patrick Callioni, Division Manager, AGIMO
  46. 46. World experiences
  47. 47. World experiences
  48. 48. World experiences
  49. 49. World experiences
  50. 50. World experiences ● Sustainability Education Local industry ● Security ● ● ● Avoiding vendor Learning Flexibility ● Control ● ● lock-in Localisation Cost savings ● Scalability ● ● ● Control over Community Gov investment ● Autonomous ● ● Data IT industry ● Skills devel ● ● Self-determination bootstrapping
  51. 51. Thank you & Questions Useful links Linux Australia - http://linux.org.au/ Open Source Industry Australia - http://osia.net.au/ Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source - http://ask-oss.mq.edu.au Australian Government collaboration portal - http://www.govdex.gov.au/ Australian FOSS Census - http://census.waughpartners.com.au/ Pia Waugh pia@waughpartners.com.au Waugh Partners http://waughpartners.com.au All images are either OpenOffice clipart or Public Domain from Wikicommons
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