2010 10 19 Open Source Research in FP7 Future Networks

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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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2010 10 19 Open Source Research in FP7 Future Networks

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

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