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FOSS	
  Founda*ons	
  Enable	
  Community	
  
               Growth	
  
                Stephen	
  R.	
  Walli	
  
                September	
  2011	
  
What	
  is	
  a	
  Founda*on?	
  

Founda8ons	
  are	
  non-­‐profits*	
  that	
  provide:	
  
                    Legal	
  Structure	
  
                  Business	
  Opera8ons	
  
                   Technical	
  Services	
  




                                      *	
  But	
  they	
  are	
  s8ll	
  businesses	
  
Founda*ons	
  




            *	
  But	
  they	
  are	
  s8ll	
  businesses	
  
Corporate	
  Projects	
  
Why	
  does	
  it	
  ma?er?	
  


     Neutrality	
  encourages	
  contribu8on	
  
       Clean	
  IP	
  encourages	
  adop8on	
  
Founda8ons	
  act	
  as	
  community	
  centre-­‐of-­‐gravity	
  
Founda*on	
  as	
  Community	
  Centre-­‐of-­‐Gravity	
  
Crea*ng	
  Strong	
  Communi*es	
  

•    Support	
  an	
  Architecture	
  of	
  Par8cipa8on	
  
•    Make	
  it	
  easy	
  to	
  join	
  the	
  conversa8on	
  	
  
•    Support	
  and	
  grow	
  commiPers	
  
•    Support	
  lines	
  of	
  communica8ons	
  
•    Provide	
  technical	
  services	
  (forges,	
  code	
  
     signing,	
  etc.)	
  
Neutrality	
  Encourages	
  Contribu*on	
  
                (Inbound)	
  
Neutrality	
  and	
  Ownership	
  

•  Henrik	
  Ingo	
  sta8s8cs	
  on	
  founda8ons	
  and	
  
   project	
  ac8vity	
  (hPp://bit.ly/f3O34M)	
  
Neutrality	
  and	
  Ownership	
  

•  Successful	
  Projects	
  Grow	
  and	
  Evolve	
  un8l	
  …	
  
    –  Apache	
  So[ware	
  Founda8on	
  
    –  OSDL/Linux	
  Founda8on	
  
    –  Eclipse	
  Founda8on	
  
Clean	
  IP	
  Encourages	
  Adop*on	
  
               (Outbound)	
  
Legal	
  Structures	
  are	
  Important	
  


•    License	
  (inbound/outbound)	
  
•    Assignments	
  and	
  Contribu8on	
  Licenses	
  	
  
•    Provenance	
  tracking	
  
•    Liability	
  and	
  risk	
  management	
  
•    CommiPer	
  indemnifica8on	
  
Ques*ons?	
  

                        Stephen	
  R.	
  Walli	
  
        Technical	
  Director,	
  Outercurve	
  Founda8on	
  
               hPp://www.outercurve.org	
  
                     swalli@outercurve.org	
  
hPp://stephesblog.blogs.com	
  	
  (Once	
  More	
  unto	
  the	
  Breach)	
  
     hPp://www.networkworld.com/community/walli	
  
                        @stephenrwalli	
  

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FOSS Foundations Enable Community Growth

  • 1. FOSS  Founda*ons  Enable  Community   Growth   Stephen  R.  Walli   September  2011  
  • 2. What  is  a  Founda*on?   Founda8ons  are  non-­‐profits*  that  provide:   Legal  Structure   Business  Opera8ons   Technical  Services   *  But  they  are  s8ll  businesses  
  • 3. Founda*ons   *  But  they  are  s8ll  businesses  
  • 5. Why  does  it  ma?er?   Neutrality  encourages  contribu8on   Clean  IP  encourages  adop8on   Founda8ons  act  as  community  centre-­‐of-­‐gravity  
  • 6. Founda*on  as  Community  Centre-­‐of-­‐Gravity  
  • 7. Crea*ng  Strong  Communi*es   •  Support  an  Architecture  of  Par8cipa8on   •  Make  it  easy  to  join  the  conversa8on     •  Support  and  grow  commiPers   •  Support  lines  of  communica8ons   •  Provide  technical  services  (forges,  code   signing,  etc.)  
  • 9. Neutrality  and  Ownership   •  Henrik  Ingo  sta8s8cs  on  founda8ons  and   project  ac8vity  (hPp://bit.ly/f3O34M)  
  • 10. Neutrality  and  Ownership   •  Successful  Projects  Grow  and  Evolve  un8l  …   –  Apache  So[ware  Founda8on   –  OSDL/Linux  Founda8on   –  Eclipse  Founda8on  
  • 11. Clean  IP  Encourages  Adop*on   (Outbound)  
  • 12. Legal  Structures  are  Important   •  License  (inbound/outbound)   •  Assignments  and  Contribu8on  Licenses     •  Provenance  tracking   •  Liability  and  risk  management   •  CommiPer  indemnifica8on  
  • 13. Ques*ons?   Stephen  R.  Walli   Technical  Director,  Outercurve  Founda8on   hPp://www.outercurve.org   swalli@outercurve.org   hPp://stephesblog.blogs.com    (Once  More  unto  the  Breach)   hPp://www.networkworld.com/community/walli   @stephenrwalli