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The Social Sourcing of eduCommons


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
      • Creating community around social source software
    Tom Caswell Project Manager OCW Consortium Christopher Johnson Cofounder and CEO ifPeople Photo by dirac3000
  • 2. History of eduCommons
      • Started in 2004 at Utah State University
      • Hewlett funded project
      • Used by 50+ institutions
    •       worldwide
  • 3. eduCommons Today
    • Critical transition point:
      • Funding
      • Development
      • Stewardship
  • 4. Risks Product stagnates No support   No new features Community splinters Photo by maxymedia
  • 5. 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
  • 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
      • Ecommerce product for Plone
      • Provides payment processing and simple store
      • www.plonegetpaid.com
  • 9. 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...
  • 10. Social Sourcing GetPaid
      • Initial release: central development, distributed funding
      • Now distributed development and funding
      • Over 40 contributors
      • 10,000+ LOC
  • 11. Social Sourcing eduCommons
      • Goal: 
      • Create 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. Current State
    • What is the experience of a new user?
      • Finding product information
      • Understanding what it does
      • Get the product working
      • Get help
      • Get involved
    Photo by yogi
  • 15. Current Work In Progress
    • Overview of current phase of work
      • educommons.com portal
      • software distribution setup
      • features and bug fixes
      • testing and quality control
    Photo by hellochris
  • 16. Tear Down Old Infrastructure
      • Outdated information
      • COSL project site
      • Old URLs 
      • Redirects
    Photo by Outsanity Photos
  • 17. Future Directions It depends on YOU! Photo by quas
      • Currently consulting stakeholders 
      • Preparing plan for OCWC Global Conference 
      • We want to know what role you want to play!
  • 18. Get Involved! Let us know your interests!         [email_address] Get the product!     educommons.com Facebook Group:      Search "educommons" 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 :)