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On the Sustainability of Open Source Projects: Lessons Learnt from Cyberdam

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On the Sustainability of Open Source Projects: Lessons Learnt from Cyberdam;
Presentation at Online Educa Berlin – 3 december 2009; Pieter van der Hijden MSc (pvdh@sofos.nl); Stichting RechtenOnline (Foundation LawOnline) (www.rechtenonline.nl) & Sofos Consultancy (www.sofos.nl), The Netherlands

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On the Sustainability of Open Source Projects: Lessons Learnt from Cyberdam

  1. 1. On the Sustainability of Open Source Projects: Lessons Learnt from Cyberdam Pieter van der Hijden MSc ( [email_address] ) Stichting RechtenOnline ( www.rechtenonline.nl ) Sofos Consultancy ( www.sofos.nl ) ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2009
  2. 2. Agenda
  3. 3. Cyberdam <ul><li>Learning experience </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cyberdam <ul><li>20+ online role playing games </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cyberdam <ul><li>Virtual cities as playground </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cyberdam <ul><li>Virtual cities as playground </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cyberdam <ul><li>VLE to develop & deliver the games </li></ul><ul><li>Open source & open content </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cyberdam <ul><li>Learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>20+ online role playing games </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual cities as playground </li></ul><ul><li>VLE to develop & deliver the games </li></ul><ul><li>Open source & open content </li></ul>
  9. 9. Four stages
  10. 10. Stage-1: Creation <ul><li>Nice wishes </li></ul><ul><li>Open source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-commercial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low development costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better integration </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Stage-1: Creation <ul><li>Hard reality </li></ul><ul><li>Open source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community not interested </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excessive rates for programmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No continuity </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Stage-1: Creation <ul><li>Nice wishes </li></ul><ul><li>Hard reality </li></ul>Realism Idealism Too little Too much
  13. 13. Stage-2: Survival <ul><li>Free lunches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instrumental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploiting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Stage-2: Survival <ul><li>No momentum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Product oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passive </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Stage-2: Survival <ul><li>Free lunches </li></ul><ul><li>No momentum </li></ul>Market orientation Product orientation Too little Too much
  16. 16. Stage-3: Growing up <ul><li>Scaling up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Stage-3: Growing up <ul><li>Cooling down </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial partner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handicapped by open source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In for the money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No passion-for-learning </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Stage-3: Growing up <ul><li>Scaling up </li></ul><ul><li>Cooling down </li></ul>Passion for learning found Dollar signs found Too little Too much
  19. 19. Stage-4: Independence <ul><li>Server </li></ul><ul><li>Owner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribution of software & content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helpdesk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value added services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roadmap </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Stage-4: Independence <ul><li>Clients </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid service contract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Production server </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helpdesk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Value added services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funded development projects </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Stage-4: Independence <ul><li>Server </li></ul><ul><li>Clients </li></ul>Assertive-ness Modesty Too little Too much
  22. 22. Conclusion Assertive-ness Modesty <ul><li>Indepen-dence </li></ul>Passion for learning found Dollar signs found <ul><li>Growing up </li></ul>Market orientation Product orientation <ul><li>Survival </li></ul>Realism Idealism <ul><li>Creation </li></ul>Too little Too much Stage
  23. 23. Conclusion
  24. 24. Acknowledgements <ul><li>The Stichting RechtenOnline (Foundation Law Online) is the owner of Cyberdam. </li></ul><ul><li>The official name of the 2007-2009 project was Learning in a Virtual World </li></ul><ul><ul><li>project leader Diny Peters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technical project manager Pieter van der Hijden </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It was sponsored by the Dutch Government programme M&ICT (Social Sectors & ICT). </li></ul>
  25. 25. References <ul><li>Enabling Teachers in Higher Education to Develop their Own Simulations: The Virtual City of Cyberdam ; Pieter van der Hijden MSc, Stichting RechtenOnline (Foundation Law Online) & Sofos Consultancy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Presentation at Online Educa 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning in a Virtual World; Reflections on the Cyberdam Research and Development Project ; Harald Warmelink & Igor Mayer (eds.); Wolf Publishers, Nijmegen, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Cyberdam Support Site : http:// www.cyberdam.nl </li></ul><ul><li>Stichting RechtenOnline : http:// www.rechtenonline.nl </li></ul>
  26. 26. Colophon <ul><li>Pieter van der Hijden MSc ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Stichting RechtenOnline ( www.rechtenonline.nl ) </li></ul><ul><li>Sofos Consultancy ( www.sofos.nl ) </li></ul><ul><li>CC-BY 2009 – Pieter van der Hijden </li></ul>

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