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The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
The Social Sourcing of eduCommons
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A presentation on moving a centrally developed, grant funded project towards a community development model called social sourcing. This presentation was given at the Connexions 2009 Conference at Rice …

A presentation on moving a centrally developed, grant funded project towards a community development model called social sourcing. This presentation was given at the Connexions 2009 Conference at Rice University on Feb. 6, 2009.

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    • 1. The Social Sourcing of eduCommons <ul><ul><li>Creating community around social source software </li></ul></ul>Tom Caswell Project Manager OCW Consortium Christopher Johnson Cofounder and CEO ifPeople Photo by dirac3000
    • 2. 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>
    • 3. 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>
    • 4. Risks Product stagnates No support   No new features Community splinters Photo by maxymedia
    • 5. 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
    • 6. What is social sourcing? A project organizing approach that gets diverse stakeholders to participate in the software making process, thus creating sustainable community. Photo by Wade from Oklohoma
    • 7. 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
    • 8. Example: GetPaid <ul><ul><li>Ecommerce product for Plone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides payment processing and simple store </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.plonegetpaid.com </li></ul></ul>
    • 9. Social Sourcing Process <ul><li>         Study the market (benchmark)‏ </li></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>
    • 10. Social Sourcing GetPaid <ul><ul><li>Initial release: central development, distributed funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now distributed development and funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 40 contributors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10,000+ LOC </li></ul></ul>
    • 11. Social Sourcing eduCommons <ul><ul><li>Goal:  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a vibrant, healthy community that shares in stewarding the product. </li></ul></ul>
    • 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. 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. Current State <ul><li>What is the experience of a new user? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding product information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding what it does </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get the product working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get involved </li></ul></ul>Photo by yogi
    • 15. Current Work In Progress <ul><li>Overview of current phase of work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>educommons.com portal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>software distribution setup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>features and bug fixes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>testing and quality control </li></ul></ul>Photo by hellochris
    • 16. Tear Down Old Infrastructure <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outdated information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>COSL project site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old URLs  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redirects </li></ul></ul>Photo by Outsanity Photos
    • 17. Future Directions It depends on YOU! Photo by quas <ul><ul><li>Currently consulting stakeholders  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing plan for OCWC Global Conference  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We want to know what role you want to play! </li></ul></ul>
    • 18. Get Involved! Let us know your interests!         [email_address] Get the product!     educommons.com Facebook Group:      Search &quot;educommons&quot; Photo by ecstaticist
    • 19. Questions? Contact info: eduCommons info@educommons.com   Tom Caswell [email_address] Christopher Johnson [email_address] www.ifpeople.net Photo by Tch0la :)

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