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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
        • 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 :)

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