Symposium Schedule, Speakers and Topics

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Last updated March 17, 2015.

The symposium was held on September 24 and 25, 2014, and included two or three 20-minute prepared talks from community leaders and panel question/answer. Colleagues were (and still are!) encouraged to use the public discussion site on FOSS4Lib to ask questions of each other and the panel. Links to topics on the community discussion site are included below with each day's agenda.

September 24th: Creating the Conditions for Community Engagement

If you build it, will they come? The structure for encouraging and valuing the contributions of those that adopt the code is of equal importance to the functionality of the code itself. Adopters of an open source project come to rely on the software to varying degrees. In the same way, projects rely on adopters to keep the project moving forward. This session looks at what projects can do to encourage community participation.

Prepared Talks

Seed Questions

September 25th: What Does it Mean to Adopt an Open Source Package

So, whether on your own or through a service provider you've decided to use an open source package to meet an automation need in your organization. You paid nothing for the right to run the software (although you may be paying a service provider for their support of the software), so you have no obligation to the software itself, right? Arguably not. Healthy open source software is supported by a community of users, and the other participants in the open source project are counting on your support -- financial and talent -- to keep the project growing. This session outlines expectations that open source adopters should have when implementing an OSS project.

Prepared Talks

Seed Questions