Opticks - Journey To Open-Source

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Learn about the Opticks application and how it transitioned from government only software to fully open source software. Presented at Mil-OSS working in Atlanta, GA on 12 August 2009.

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  • Opticks - Journey To Open-Source

    1. 1. Opticks A open source remote sensing application and development framework Kip Streithorst 12 August 2009
    2. 2. Opticks – Journey To Open-Source <ul><li>Overview of Opticks </li></ul><ul><li>Why Did We Open-Source? </li></ul><ul><li>The Hurdles </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we today? </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
    3. 3. Overview of Opticks <ul><li>Perform Image and Video Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spectral, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Thermal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar to the following commercial tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SOCET GXP, IMAGINE, RemoteView, ENVI </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extendable with plug-ins: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add import/export support for new file formats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement new data processing algorithms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add new windows, mouse modes, toolbars, keyboard shortcuts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most of the application is implemented as extensions using our public extension API </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why Did We Open-Source? <ul><li>Project was started as closed source in Spring 2000 for the Air Force </li></ul><ul><li>Why Open-Source? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kept running into barriers to entry for others to develop plug-ins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf) is preferred over GOTS (Government Off the Shelf) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not invented here </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What does open-source provide us? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in services business opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access new customers and/or new markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involvement with and support for the DoD’s OTD (Open Technology Development) Roadmap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actively engage colleges and universities in remote sensing processing and explotation </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. The Hurdles <ul><li>Internal Confusion/Conflicts about going open-source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contracted with CollabNet for their open-source expertise to help resolve some of the mis-information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What did our Air Force customer think? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked with our customer from the beginning to get buy-in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do we have the right kind of software to open-source? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OTD Roadmap calls out “geospatial framework/infrastructure” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What about ITAR? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewed internally, determined it was a Defense Article (Category XXI – Miscellaneous Articles), requested Public Release Authorization from the Office of Security Review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What license should we use? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LGPL v2.1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Allowed plug-ins to be closed-source </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keeps the application open-source (even if forked) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Well known license (one less hurdle when people are looking to adopt) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Where are we today? <ul><li>Opticks was released under the LGPL v2.1 in December 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://opticks.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All development is now free and open (no entry criteria) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both source code and development collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remaining Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decided internally to continue vetting all new features/enhancements against ITAR before starting code development (all code development is still occuring in the open) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting government people to collaborate with us in the open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the process of standing up software.forge.mil mirror of Opticks to lessen the blow for new government entrants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing open-source community needs against paying customer needs </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Find Opticks At: http://opticks.org/ Kip Streithorst [email_address]

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