Building A Strong Open Source Ecosystem - Lessons From Around The World

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Building A Strong Open Source Ecosystem - Lessons From Around The World. MyGOSSCON 2008. Ms. Pia Waugh
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  • 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. FOSS?
  • 3. FOSS? Software?
  • 4. FOSS? Software? Development methodology?
  • 5. FOSS? Software? Development methodology? Industry?
  • 6. FOSS? Software? Development methodology? Industry? Community?
  • 7. FOSS? Software? Development methodology? Industry? Community? Open Standards?
  • 8. FOSS Software Development methodology Industry Community Open Standards And, and, and....
  • 9. FOSS is an ecosystem of people
  • 10. The Idea
  • 11. The Idea goes public
  • 12. People can see the Idea
  • 13. Get the Idea
  • 14. And contribute to the Idea
  • 15. So the Idea can evolve
  • 16. Community distributions
  • 17. Commercial distributions
  • 18. Local User Groups
  • 19. FOSS is an ecosystem of people... ● Projects ● Community distributions ● Commercial distributions ● Local User Groups ● Industry ● Users and innovators ● Advocates
  • 20. ... who do stuff ● Software development ● Support ● Documentation ● Implementation ● Demos and talks ● User meetings ● Outreach events
  • 21. Many do it for fun
  • 22. Many do it for work
  • 23. Many do it to improve the world
  • 24. Communities are driven by ● Individuals ● Technical needs ● Vision ● Grassroot efforts
  • 25. The roles of Government ?
  • 26. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs
  • 27. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs
  • 28. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development
  • 29. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development ● Best practices
  • 30. Government: Using FOSS ● Industry develops through market needs ● Community responds to user needs ● Skills development ● Best practices ● Reduction of FOSS procurement blockages
  • 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. 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. 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. Government: Developing FOSS ● Innovate with existing tools
  • 35. Government: Developing FOSS ● Innovate with existing tools ● Use FOSS collaboration methods and tools
  • 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. 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. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down
  • 39. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down ● Support enthusiasm within departments
  • 40. Government: Supporting Communities ● Communities are bottom up, not top down ● Support enthusiasm within departments ● Encourage participation in FOSS communities
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. World experiences
  • 47. World experiences
  • 48. World experiences
  • 49. World experiences
  • 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. 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