Category Archives: Community

Open source development is often said to be mostly about communities: building communities of users and developers, and working closely with these communities to seek sustainable outcomes for the project.

New OSS Watch videos!

As part of a project on Open Innovation at the University of Edinburgh, Scott Wilson from OSS Watch took part in a series of videos on software in open innovation, particularly open source. All the videos are licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA, so feel free to use them in your courses and training materials. The … Read more

Open or Fauxpen? Use the OSS Watch Openness Rating tool to find out

Is your software open or fauxpen? This is the question that OSS Watch, in partnership with Pia Waugh, developed the Openness Rating to help you find out. Using a series of questions covering legal issues, governance, standards, knowledge sharing and market access, the tool helps you to identify potential problem areas for users, contributors and partners. Unlike … Read more

OggCamp14

Last weekend I organised the first OggCamp to be held in Oxford. OggCamp is an annual free culture unconference, where 300 people with a variety of interests related to open source, open hardware, creative commons and more meet up to share projects, ideas and experience. As an unconference, the vast majority of the scheudle is … Read more

Research Software Engineers AGM report

Last Monday I attended the first (hopefully of many!) AGM of The UK Community of Research Software Engineers.  The group has been formed to champion the cause of software engineers producing software of research, be they developers who are embedded in research groups, or academics who have found themselves developing and maintaining software.  Throughout the … Read more