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Open Source Won.
So, Now What?
Stefan Keller,
Geometa Lab
Open Source won. So, now
what?
• by Klint Finley in WIRED 2016
• Every major piece of technology is
based on FOSS: web, ph...
Klint Finley / WIRED con„t:
• But it‟s not that an enemy has been
vanquished or that proprietary
software is dead
• Esri, ...
Is FOSS an evolution
or a revolution?
Problems in crowdsourced
projects (1of2)
• Some are underfunded
• Some are controlled by single
company
– MySQL!
– OpenStr...
Community is everything!
Problems in crowdsourced
projects (2of2)
• „OpenStreetMap past(s),
OpenStreetMap future(s)“ by Alan
McConchie
• Scenarios:...
Garden?
• Does not mean a project need be
egalitarian
• But a healthy „mix“ of Stachanows and
a „long tail“
• Inverse „80 ...
Where open source hasn't won
• By Mike Loukides, O‟Reilly 2016
• Open source in gaming (added by me)
• “Open user interfac...
Great, we won. So what did we
win?
• by Anthony Ha, wrapup of Open
Source Business Conference (OSBC)
2008
• Disappointed t...
There are exciting things to
come!
• … More mature FOSS projects
• … Better software, e.g. through
parallelization + distr...
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Open Source Won. So, Now What?

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Lightning talk at FOSS4G 2016 - Open Source GIS Conference, Bonn (D) Mi. 24. August 2016. http://2016.foss4g.org/

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Open Source Won. So, Now What?

  1. 1. Open Source Won. So, Now What? Stefan Keller, Geometa Lab
  2. 2. Open Source won. So, now what? • by Klint Finley in WIRED 2016 • Every major piece of technology is based on FOSS: web, phone, television, car • So, now what? • That was already asked 2008! (see later)
  3. 3. Klint Finley / WIRED con„t: • But it‟s not that an enemy has been vanquished or that proprietary software is dead • Esri, Oracle etc. are not likely to radically change their business models • Did you see someone declaring victory or shouting loud on the streets?
  4. 4. Is FOSS an evolution or a revolution?
  5. 5. Problems in crowdsourced projects (1of2) • Some are underfunded • Some are controlled by single company – MySQL! – OpenStreetMap SW ecosystem? • Some rely on single persons – are struggling with burnout – others have trouble working their way into the community
  6. 6. Community is everything!
  7. 7. Problems in crowdsourced projects (2of2) • „OpenStreetMap past(s), OpenStreetMap future(s)“ by Alan McConchie • Scenarios: 1. Ghost Town 2. Garden 3. Borgesian „1:1 map“
  8. 8. Garden? • Does not mean a project need be egalitarian • But a healthy „mix“ of Stachanows and a „long tail“ • Inverse „80 / 20“ rule?
  9. 9. Where open source hasn't won • By Mike Loukides, O‟Reilly 2016 • Open source in gaming (added by me) • “Open user interfaces” (i.e. user friendly / useful) • Open data • Open data models • Open hardware • Open science
  10. 10. Great, we won. So what did we win? • by Anthony Ha, wrapup of Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) 2008 • Disappointed that FOSS isn‟t living up to some pioneers‟ ambitious goals? • Isn‟t that what happens in most revolutions? • FOSS and Open Data / OpenStreetMap are maturing
  11. 11. There are exciting things to come! • … More mature FOSS projects • … Better software, e.g. through parallelization + distribution • … And hopefully more open things 

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