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Presentation by Duane Degler (Design for Context), David Newbury (Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh), and Robert Sanderson (The J. Paul Getty Trust) at the American Alliance of Museums 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumEXPO in St. Louis, MO, on May 10, 2017.
Open-source software has transformed the technology industry, and the movement's goals of community and access align closely with our museums' missions. So why do our open-source projects so often fail to succeed? Three experienced panelists offer three different perspectives and discuss topics such as the role of community and how to foster it, the importance of maintenance and maintainers, Not-Invented-Here, reputation capital, alignment issues with grant-funded projects, business models for open-source projects, and long-term sustainability.