Consortium StructureOn this page, some insights about, first, the activities of the Consortium and, second, its governance system.
Activities: Projects, Initiatives and Local ChaptersAt OW2, everything starts with a Project. However, we are conscious of the market requirement for easier component integration, this is why we have introduced Initiatives. In a nutshell, Projects are technology driven whereas Initiatives are market driven. Projects are technology-driven: they carry the consortium's technology innovation. Initiatives are market-driven: they help mainstream end-users, systems integrators and ISVS integrate OW2 technologhies into their business solutions. Local Chapters are community-driven: they help disseminate the OW2 message and develop privileged relatioships at a regional scale.
Governance: Fostering Marketable Open Source MiddlewareOW2 day-to-day operations are carried out by the Management Office, a permanent team of professional executives hired to implement/execute the strategy decided by the Board of Directors. The team handles matters regarding general affairs, technology management and ecosystem development. The Management Office and the Board of Directors are assisted by three Councils: the Ecosystem Development Council, the Technology Council and the Operations Council. The Ecosystem Council is responsible for making sure the consortium activities are aligned with market trends. The Technology Council is responsible for building the overall technical architecture, for providing technology validation, and for monitoring production and overall project consistency. The Operations Council is responsible for supervising finance and book-keeping, and for providing legal guidance and expertise. Members staff and lead operational councils. OW2's Quarterly Meetings are important events in the life of the organization. These meetings are open to the community at large: they serve as a regular open forum to share the organization's research and development activities with users and potential new members. Quarterly meetings also include the meeting of the Board of Directors and the Councils' meetings, Quarterly meetings are key in the organization"s communication strategy: marketing and communication efforts are timed to leverage events and enhance their visibility. Members will be able to participate in, and contribute to ecosystem growth programs such as OW2Juris to help lawyers understand open-source, OW2atWork to grow the use and re-use of OW2 code, OW2Original to build awareness around OW2 Projects, and OW2Academy to grow the population of OW2 code experts.
How To Get In On The Action?OW2 is open to all kinds of organizations and corporations, large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit, and individual members. The research community (whether academia or industry) is granted a special status within OW2. The OW2 membership and fee structure makes the consortium open to companies of all sizes, whether large diversified companies or start-ups representative of the grassroots open source communities.
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