Building eduCommons Sustainability Through Social Sourcing <ul><ul><li>Creating community around open source software </li...
The Hewlett Funding Is Over… Now What?? <ul><ul><li>Creating community around open source software </li></ul></ul>Tom Casw...
History of eduCommons <ul><ul><li>Started in 2004 at Utah State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hewlett funded proje...
eduCommons Today <ul><li>Critical transition point: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development <...
Risks Product stagnates No support   No new features Community splinters Photo by maxymedia
Opportunities and Challenges <ul><li>Opportunities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage existing user base </li></ul></ul><ul><...
What is social sourcing? A project organizing approach that gets diverse stakeholders to participate in creating  a sustai...
What is barn raising? A project organizing approach that gets diverse stakeholders to participate in creating  a sustainab...
Principles of Social Sourcing <ul><ul><li>Distribute the burden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diverse perspectives enrich the...
Social Sourcing Process <ul><ul><ul><li>Study the market (benchmark) ‏ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Put together a ...
Social Sourcing eduCommons Goal:  Grow and sustain a vibrant, healthy community that shares in stewarding the product.
Distributed Leadership <ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality Control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requi...
Organized, Open Framework <ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communi...
Enabling Social Sourcing <ul><li>Work with ifPeople  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration Consulting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
eduCommons <ul><li>Shift to community participation:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New educommons.com portal  </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Future Directions Photo by quas <ul><ul><li>OCWC oversight and stewardship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional recruitin...
Get Involved! Let us know your interests!          [email_address] Get the product!      educommons.com Facebook Group:   ...
Questions? Contact info: eduCommons  info@educommons.com    Tom Caswell [email_address] Photo by Tch0la :)
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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 sourcing. This presentation was given at the OCWC Global 2009 Conference in Monterrey, Mexico on April 23, 2009.

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Building eduCommons Sustainability Through Social Sourcing

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