How to make money with open source
Two case studies
OSS Watch
www.oss-watch.ac.uk
twitter.com/osswatch
Sander van der Waal
About OSS Watch
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Open Source advisory service in the UK
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Advice on all things open source
– Procurement, engagement, dev...
Apache Wookie (incubating)
•
Server for uploading and deploying widgets
•
Implementation of emerging W3C standard
•
Extrac...
Networking opportunities
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ASF community
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Other interested projects
•
Mobile apps/widgets community
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Android community
•...
New Partnerships
Results
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Very substantial value added by community
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Income generated for next 3 years: ~£700k
from two FP7 projects
•
On...
TexGen
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Textile CAD modeller
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Developed at Nottingham’s Department of
Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing
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Generate...
Why open source TexGen?
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People can download TexGen and use it for free
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Better level of both knowledge transfer and
ver...
Why not commercialise?
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Limited commercial value
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Commercial customers would expect support
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Small market - casual use ...
Results
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Over 5,000 downloads on SourceForge
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Collaborations with previously unknown partners
•
Renewal of EPSRC's prest...
Lessons learned

High ROI to open source code

Excellent marketing

Free publicity of research group’s expertise

Oppo...
Any Questions?

Get in touch!
info@oss-watch.ac.uk
twitter.com/osswatch
www.oss-watch.ac.uk

http://incubator.apache.org...
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How to make money with open source

  1. 1. How to make money with open source Two case studies OSS Watch www.oss-watch.ac.uk twitter.com/osswatch Sander van der Waal
  2. 2. About OSS Watch • Open Source advisory service in the UK • Advice on all things open source – Procurement, engagement, development, legal • Services – Consultancy, events, presentations, community • Publications – Briefing notes, surveys, case studies, slides
  3. 3. Apache Wookie (incubating) • Server for uploading and deploying widgets • Implementation of emerging W3C standard • Extracted from larger project context as a discrete project • A good fit with Apache Software Foundation • Already some interest from outside the project
  4. 4. Networking opportunities • ASF community • Other interested projects • Mobile apps/widgets community • Android community • W3C Social Web XG
  5. 5. New Partnerships
  6. 6. Results • Very substantial value added by community • Income generated for next 3 years: ~£700k from two FP7 projects • Only actually core funded from Dec 09-Sep10 @ 0.2FTE (around £12k)
  7. 7. TexGen • Textile CAD modeller • Developed at Nottingham’s Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing • Generate geometric models of textiles and their composites
  8. 8. Why open source TexGen? • People can download TexGen and use it for free • Better level of both knowledge transfer and verification • Encourage third-party use / citation • Potential for collaboration • IPR issues are simplified
  9. 9. Why not commercialise? • Limited commercial value • Commercial customers would expect support • Small market - casual use does not occur • All development has to be undertaken in-house • Danger of inhibiting research collaborations
  10. 10. Results • Over 5,000 downloads on SourceForge • Collaborations with previously unknown partners • Renewal of EPSRC's prestigious Platform Grant in 2009 • In total approximately £1m research income
  11. 11. Lessons learned  High ROI to open source code  Excellent marketing  Free publicity of research group’s expertise  Opportunity to create new partnerships  There’s no one single way of doing it  Best application of open innovation in software  Funders love it
  12. 12. Any Questions?  Get in touch! info@oss-watch.ac.uk twitter.com/osswatch www.oss-watch.ac.uk  http://incubator.apache.org/wookie  http://texgen.sf.net

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