Business and Sustainability Models Around Free and Open Source Software Workshop

by Amir Nettler on 19 November 2008


See our bookmarks for this event; tag additional content as ‘ossw_fosssustain2009’ to add your own. Workshop held 12 January 2009Oxford University Computing Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN This event is now over; please see below for the original description and programme, and links to the speakers’ presentations.The archived live blog from this event may be seen here.

How can free and open source software (FOSS) contribute to a viable sustainability model for software? How do people make money from licensing their own work out under free and open source licences? This OSS Watch workshop will focus on these questions and will be particularly suitable for knowledge transfer professionals, project managers, and principal investigators in UK higher and further education institutions who plan to employ FOSS exploitation techniques to sustain or monetize their code.

The workshop will examine what sustainability models exist, what licensing models they rely upon and who uses them. It will highlight opportunities and risks inherent in current free and open source software-based sustainability models and try to identify strategies that are particularly suitable for use by the HE and FE community.

At the end of the workshop the participants will:

  • Understand the varying licensing and community models that underlie free and open source sustainability models.
  • Have a greater familiarity with the most commonly-employed sustainability models.
  • Recognise where FOSS exploitation strategies may be of value.

The workshop is free to UK higher and further education.