Open World Forum 2011

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Open World Forum 2011

Open World Forum
Sept 22-24, 2011
Paris, France
Lasting three days – from Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th September 2011 – the fourth Open World Forum (OWF) will once again take place this year in Paris, at the Eurosites George V, focusing on the dual issues of the Internet and Open Source.

OW2 is involved and actively participating in the Forum preparation.
OW2 organises the Community Summit. The Community Summit is an open workshop focusing on the growth and management of open source communities.

The Summit will welcome many renown community practitioners including:

  • Cedric Thomas,OW2
  • Emmanuel Lecharny,Apache Foundation
  • Martin Michlmayr, HP
  • Mike Milinkovich, Eclipse Foundation
  • Dave Neary, Neary Consulting
  • Simon Phipps, Webmink
  • Ross Turk, Talend
  • Karsten Wade, Red Hat
  • Stephen Wally, Outercurve
  • Mikko Puhakka
  • Louis Suarez-Potts
This year, the Community Summit centers on what keeps communities together: the Deal of Community, contributions and commitment in return for tangible and intangible benefits.

Communities are an essential part of an open world as they provide the links between stakeholders pursuing their private interests, and serve as a neutral ground where independent members can meet and share their visions, their expectations, and the results of their joint efforts.

Since the value of a community as perceived by each individual member is a function of the collective contribution of its members, the key to an active community starts with its members asking what they can do for the community rather than what the community can do for them. In other words, good community citizenship determines the sustainability of communities.

The Community Summit explores the Deal of Community in two sessions, one focusing on community citizenship, and the other on current legal and licensing issues.

The community citizenship session explores at the unwritten rules that determine the sustainable growth of communities i.e. how industrials and systems engineering companies can learn from open source, the rise of the foundation as an organizational and legal structure for open source projects, the challenges of community overheads, the balance between the strategic opportunism of private profit-seeking companies and the common interests and assets of communities.

The legal and licensing session addresses the written rules for sharing the assets of the community. Topics to be discussed are of interest to communities and companies alike. They include contributor agreements and copyright assignments, standards for exchanging license data, open source licensing in the cloud, tools and processes to verify open source compliance, open source and patents, incorporating projects as non-profit organizations, etc.

Community Summit attendees will have a unique opportunity to share in the wisdom and experience acquired through years of management of and contributions to numerous communities and foundations including: Apache, Eclipse, Fedora, Fossbazar, Gnome, MySQL, OpenOffice, OuterCurve, OW2, SourceForge, etc.

Check the OWF program and register at


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