Open World Forum (OWF'12)


Aug 14 2012

Open World Forum
October 11-13, 2012


For the fifth year running we, at OW2, are organizing the Community Summit at the Open World Forum (October 11-13, Paris). This year, free and open source software communities practitioners will debate on the changes brought by the emergence of cloud computing to the roles and functioning of free and open source software communities.

Today's cloud computing software innovation is mostly open source. Open source innovation leads in all compartments of the cloud computing stack: virtualization, VM management, security, file systems, monitoring, big data, broker, etc. A fertile terrain for free and open source software communities.

However, as we all know, what customers get with cloud computing is a service, not software. With cloud computing, software is hosted and vendors do not distribute it. Since the code is no longer circulating, improvements to the software are no longer shared.

Is cloud computing changing the fate of open source software communities? Open source software community members are the primary implementors of the software, they create value directly for the end user. With cloud computing, the value creators are the hosting companies; they mediate the software value creation process and they have the ability to generate new kind of proprietary lock-in, foe example at the data level.

Whereas IT freedom used to be broadly defined in terms of software accessibility, in the age of cloud computing it must now be defined in terms of service accessibility and data freedom. How do we define free service? Is open data the new open source? Is cloud computing a paradigm shift that makes open source claims irrelevant? What does “open” and “free” mean in the age of cloud computing? What new challenges are posed to free and open source software communities?

On the following day, Friday, October 12, from 10am to 6pm, CompatibleOne is organizing a full track dedicated to open cloud and open standards. Click here for link to the CompatibleOne track details

*Tentative Program*
- Cedric Thomas, OW2 CEO
- Ralph Mueller, Director, Eclipse Foundation
- Leslie Hawthorn, Red Hat
- Dave Neary, Red Hat
- Lars Kurth, Xen
- Simon Phipps, Open Source Initiative
- Ross Turk, Vice President of Community for Inktank
- Michael Meeks, SUSE
See more about the Community Summit and the progam here.

*Practical information for the Open World Forum Community Summit:*

October 11, 2012, 1:30am to 5:30pm
EUROSITES, Room: Brussels
George V 28, Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Save the dates and attend OWF'12.

*Community Summit details and abstracts:* (to be completed progressively)
Speaker: *Lars Kurt, Xen, Citrix*.
Title: Cloud Computing and the Xen Community
Abstract: The Xen Hypervisor open source project was founded in 2003 as a direct result of Cambridge Universities XenoServer research project that defined Cloud Computing as we know it today. In 2006 Amazon Web Services built their business on top of Xen, followed by Slicehost and many other cloud and hosting providers. In other words: the Xen project provided the technology that enabled many multi-million dollar businesses to thrive. However, until recently cloud and service providers have not been active members of the Xen community. This talk will look at characteristics of the Xen community, its evolution over time, consider licensing and related topics. We will also look at incentives to engage service providers and help them become more active members of your open source community.

Speaker: *Michael Meeks*
Title: LibreOffice: turning vinegar into wine
Abstract: Come and hear the story of how the development community around LibreOffice was created from the ashes of the project. Hear some of the lessons we learned from both projects, and the ways we use to ensure that corporations play a constructive role with an interest in a diverse developer community. Hear a detailed rational for our release process, and how it helps to reduce problems around conflicting goals. Hear about our progress to date, see some community diversity metrics we track, and more. Finally enjoy a gratuitous plug for our new features and functionality.
Michael is a Christian and enthusiastic believer in Free software. He very much enjoys working for SUSE where as the Linux Desktop Architect he tries to understand and nudge the direction of our Linux investment. He has appreciated working on various pieces of infrastructure and applications over the years: from GNOME office, through component technologies, to Evolution, Accessibility, MeeGo, and latterly LibreOffice much of the time. Prior to this he worked for Quantel gaining expertise in both hardware and software for real time on-line AV editing systems.
Speaker: *Ross Turk*
Title: The Dangers of Apathetic Abstraction
Abstract: What began as a vague shape on a diagram (indicating something so incomprehensibly vast the diagrammer decided against trying to draw it) has changed everything. Yesterday, the network was out of your control and too complicated to understand; now your entire operation is. But one thing hasn't changed: you probably don't care how most of it works, just that it continues to. Every day, scores of excited entrepreneurs build new companies on cloud infrastructure without a second thought. Every day, established companies relinquish their data centers. The reason is clear: it's far easier to build something amazing when you can stop paying attention to what makes large portions of it work. Abstraction is not having to worry how underlying technology functions; apathetic abstraction is not caring. This session will discuss how to avoid the danger of relying on something you don't control and don't understand.
Ross Turk is Vice President of Community for Inktank, responsible for building a strategic relationship with users, contributors, and the open source community. Ross brings more than 15 years of experience creating software, managing complex IT systems, and helping companies understand and serve developers. Before joining Inktank, Ross managed developer communities for Talend, Alcatel-Lucent and, the world’s largest open source community. In the more distant past, Ross ran the engineering team for SourceForge and provided architectural leadership.
Speaker: *Leslie Hawthorn, Red Hat*
Title: Compromise and Collaboration: Engaging FOSS Contributors in the Age of Cloud Computing
Abstract: As FOSS communities look to bring on new contributors, we're faced with a fundamental challenge - our new would-be users, contributors and advocates are largely operating in a world of non-free software. While the fact that most folks are using proprietary software - and that FOSS advocates would prefer they use FOSS - is nothing new, the rise of cloud computing puts a different spin on the problem. The ease of use promised by software as a service applications, the ubiquity and popularity of non-free social networks and the great increase in non-free real-time communications tools presents us with a more difficult use case: how do we convince folks of the value of FOSS when they expect things to "just work" and want to "hang out" where their friends are? In this talk, Leslie Hawthorn will explore the tensions between effectively engaging our audience of would-be converts to FOSS while maintaining the values of software freedom. Specifically, she will explore the activist roots of the free software movement and how these activist principles can be channelled to effectively amplify the value of FOSS amongst users of cloud services and other non-free tools. Last but not least, she will discuss some libre tools that can be used in our community outreach activities, allowing us to effectively engage with our audience's user experience expectations while preserving software freedom in our discourse.
An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has over 10 years experience in high tech project management, marketing and public relations. In March 2012 she joined Red Hat, Inc., where she is responsible for Community Action & Impact on the company’s Open Source and Standards team. Prior to Red Hat, she served as Outreach Manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab and as a Program Manager for Google’s Open Source Team, where she managed the Google Summer of Code Program, created the contest now known as Google Code In and launched the company’s Open Source Developer Blog.
Speaker: *Dave Neary, Red Hat*
Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Cultivating Empathy in Increasingly Disconnected Communities
Abstract: With the advent of communities which are distributed around the world, and increasingly with the professionalisation of Open Source development, we have seen the human bonds between participants in Open Source projects weaken. As projects grow, and we hit the limits of Dunbar's Numbers, newcomers have a higher bar to clear to become part of the group, and our sense of belonging decreases.

Project leaders have tried many approaches to mitigate the effect, but more and more our tools insulate us from human contact and turn collaboration problems into co-operation problems.

What can we do to ensure that our community members keep in mind that behind every user name is a person, that the sum of our interactions defines us as a community? In short, what can we do to encourage empathy in contributors