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2010 10 19 Open Source Research in FP7 Future Networks


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This is my presentation given during the …

This is my presentation given during the
Future Networks 6th FP7 concertation meeting, in Brussels, 18-20 October 2010, which was part a panel session that discussed Open Source & FP7 Research.

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  • 1.
    • Open Source & Research
    • Panel Session
    • Future Networks 6th FP7 Concertation Plenary Meeting.
    • 19 October 2010
  • 2. Introduction
    • Why build on top of open source?
      • Is it
        • To help researchers to share openly important technological advances & disseminate results of a project.
        • A commercialisation avenue to exploit the project potential.
        • A means to sell “know how” and “knowledge”.
          • Example commercial open source business models will be presented during this session
  • 3. Introduction
    • Why build on top of open source?
      • Statement for future Standardisation
        • A tool, a stepping stone in this process towards commercialisation
      • Open source does NOT mean free.
        • Patents might still apply,
        • Even non-patented software can have a “Not for commercial use” license.
  • 4. Experience in 4WARD on legal aspects of Open Source
    • What’s the right way to achieve open source?
      • Licenses
        • Problems with using different libraries and their licenses.
        • Lacking the knowledge of the licensed versions.
    • Copyright laws
      • OSS produced by students or contract researchers.
      • Have to consider difference from country to country on copyright laws
    • Discussions at the start of 4WARD
      • No GPL
    • There should be at least one person, if not a knowledge base to help researcher navigate this area
      • What issues in relation to the existing consortium agreement
    • Recommend
      • A project should have a dedicated chair on Open Source.
  • 5. Observations Maintaining an Open Source project
    • To build Critical mass
      • Metcalfe laws apply.
      • Speed to market, especially if there is a new territory.
    • Why would a company support resources for maintaining an open source project
      • A business model needs to be identified early in the process.
    • Sourceforge
      • A graveyard for many a research project.
      • To avoid, your project needs an evangelist, to build a developer and user community.
  • 6. Beyond the lifetime of an FP7 project 4WARD
    • NetInf
      • /
    • OpenTinos
  • 7. Agenda
    • Guest speakers:
      • Mr Richard Graham, Bird & Bird Law Firm
      • Mr Roberto Galoppini (Commercial Open Source Software)
      • Dr Marko Boger, CEO of Gentleware and Professor for Software Architecture at the University of Applied Science Constance (HTWG Konstanz)
      • Mr Diogo Gomes, IT Aveiro
  • 8.
    • Miguel Ponce de Leon
    • Research Manager
    • TSSG, WIT
    • [email_address]
    • +353 51 302952 (w)
    • e/miguelpdl
    • twitter: miguelpdl