Open source junction 2 workshop reading list

by Elena Blanco on 28 June 2011


For the Open Source Junction 2 workshop, July 2011

OSS Watch produces a variety of material related to open source software all of which is available from the OSS Watch website. We have gathered here a taster selection of our material exploring the idea of community with the focus on building an open source community. Note: each of the suggested articles contain plenty of links for further reading so you can explore even further by following the links at the end of each briefing note.

App stores and openness
At OSS Watch, we have seen more and more requests for information on developing open source software solutions for mobile platforms. Rowan Wilson explains some of the general context and issues around mobile open source development, and discusses some more general trends in how software is distributed.
Free and open source software in mobile devices
To date mobile devices have been largely free of open source software - at least in the form of manufacturer-provided operating systems and software. Rowan Wilson takes a look at the reasons why free and open source software has been excluded from mobile devices until recently, and why it is now beginning to make inroads.
Open innovation in software
A radical shift in the way innovation takes place is unfolding around the globe and this new open innovation culture changes everything. Gabriel Hanganu approaches open innovation from the perspective of open source software development and looks at the innovation processes that take place naturally in successful open source projects, and at open innovation programmes specially designed to initiate and manage such processes.
How to build an open source community
Having an open source licence is not enough to bring users and developers to your project. You need an active and supportive community too. Matthew Mascord looks at what makes a successful open source community.
Roles in open source projects
You don’t need to be a software developer to contribute to an open source project. If you want to get involved in an open source project, there is a range of roles to choose from. Elizabeth Tatham tells us about the broad range of roles found in open source projects.
Wookie: a case study in sustainability
Apache Wookie (Incubating) is a Java web application that allows you to upload and deploy widgets for your applications, based on several W3C widget specifications. In this case study, Sander van der Waal explains how the project started off as an EU-funded project run at the University of Bolton, but was proposed and accepted as an incubator project by the Apache Software Foundation in July 2009.

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