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Cultivating Community

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This is a presentation I did for grid.org. it is a big sad for me now since because of the recession I didn't get to realize all the wonderful contents. But I think it is a great starting point.

This is a presentation I did for grid.org. it is a big sad for me now since because of the recession I didn't get to realize all the wonderful contents. But I think it is a great starting point.

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  • 1. How to Cultivate an Open Source Community in 10 easy steps. (Make that 8 easy steps...) July 2008
  • 2. 1) Find a reason for being The community starts by people asking “why am I here?” To... • develop a project or • advance a cause
  • 3. 2) Create an Open System • Creative Commons license • our User Bill of Rights • all content is available via RSS In the future this means: • source code via subversion • and bug tracking via sbtp
  • 4. 3) Hire someone to lead • For each community you need a dedicated champion • In our case, that’s me and any other employees I nag on a weekly basis
  • 5. 3a) Motivate them I would like to add... •Deadline dates and •Face-to-face meetings are highly motivating!
  • 6. 4) Recruit from the community • Leaders from the community are crucial • The best evangelists can be self- appointed • Give them tools of promotion!
  • 7. 5) Give them something to chew on ...and they won’t easily let go. Content like: •EC2 install •open source code •helpful documentation
  • 8. 6) Welcome criticism • It’s built into our Drupal commentary system • Bug reporting (and tracking) is critical feedback too • Mary, Phyllis and I respond directly
  • 9. 7) Foster discourse • use forums on a whole new level • add aspect of Social Networking • add participation points • get employees involved • get managers involved
  • 10. 8) Publicize • Mary — traditional PR • Silona — Word of mouth, conventions, blog campaigns Examples: • Projects at codeathon for each targeted HPC market • PR for Standards groups
  • 11. Do you have any suggestions? • Am I missing anything?
  • 12. Credits Borrowed heavily from... •“The Art of Developing a Community” http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/02/ the_art_of_crea.html

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