Building eduCommons Sustainability Through Social Sourcing

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A presentation on current efforts to move eduCommons (an open source OpenCourseWare content management system) from a grant-funded project to a community supported development model called social …

A presentation on current efforts to move eduCommons (an open source OpenCourseWare content management system) from a grant-funded project to a community supported development model called social sourcing. This presentation was given at the OCWC Global 2009 Conference in Monterrey, Mexico on April 23, 2009.

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  • 1. Building eduCommons Sustainability Through Social Sourcing
      • Creating community around open source software
    Tom Caswell Project Manager OCW Consortium Photo by dirac3000
  • 2. The Hewlett Funding Is Over… Now What??
      • Creating community around open source software
    Tom Caswell Project Manager OCW Consortium Photo by dirac3000
  • 3. History of eduCommons
      • Started in 2004 at Utah State University
      • Hewlett funded project
      • Used by 50+ institutions
    •       worldwide
  • 4. eduCommons Today
    • Critical transition point:
      • Funding
      • Development
      • Stewardship
  • 5. Risks Product stagnates No support   No new features Community splinters Photo by maxymedia
  • 6. Opportunities and Challenges
    • Opportunities:
      • Leverage existing user base
      • Collaboratively fund development
      • Broader open source community
    Challenges: Find a way forward that ensures the well being of the project now and in the future.   Photo by Sunfrog1
  • 7. What is social sourcing? A project organizing approach that gets diverse stakeholders to participate in creating a sustainable community. Photo by Wade from Oklohoma
  • 8. What is barn raising? A project organizing approach that gets diverse stakeholders to participate in creating a sustainable community. Photo by Wade from Oklohoma
  • 9. Principles of Social Sourcing
      • Distribute the burden
      • Diverse perspectives enrich the final product
      • Focus on creating value for users
      • Give everyone a voice
    Photo by km6xo
  • 10. Social Sourcing Process
        • Study the market (benchmark) ‏
        • Put together a compelling plan
        • Recruit the right people
        • Engage a wide base in refining requirements
        • Ask for money
        • Celebrate successes
        • Sustain it: fun, organization, motivation
        • Regroup, review, and restart...
  • 11. Social Sourcing eduCommons Goal: Grow and sustain a vibrant, healthy community that shares in stewarding the product.
  • 12. Distributed Leadership
      • Development
      • Quality Control
      • Requirements gathering
      • Planning process
      • Marketing
      • Support and commercial services
    Photo by on1stsite
  • 13. Organized, Open Framework
      • Information
      • Governance
      • Communication tools
      • Feedback tools
    Photo by Jeremy Brooks Photo by foxypar4
  • 14. Enabling Social Sourcing
    • Work with ifPeople
      • Collaboration Consulting
      • Code Review
      • Testing
    Photo by yogi
  • 15. eduCommons
    • Shift to community participation:
      • New educommons.com portal
      • Development wiki: how to contribute
      • Encouraging community contributions
        • Feature Development
        • Testing
        • Translations
  • 16. Future Directions Photo by quas
      • OCWC oversight and stewardship
      • Additional recruiting
      • Community sponsors
      • Developers
      • Testers
      • Translators
      • What role you want to play?
  • 17. Get Involved! Let us know your interests!         [email_address] Get the product!     educommons.com Facebook Group:      Search "educommons" Photo by ecstaticist
  • 18. Questions? Contact info: eduCommons info@educommons.com   Tom Caswell [email_address] Photo by Tch0la :)