Organizational Structure and Governance of OSArch
I am excited about this community and the software/conversations/processes that are occurring and I would like to see it develop into a form that can survive and support the Open Source Architecture community for a long time. This is a renaming/continuation of my poorly named Vision thread and closely related the Mission thread
I have been using OS software for a long time but do not have any experience with running any open source initiatives so please forgive my naivety and stating the obvious and correct any aspect of this that appears off to you. I do have experience founding, owing, and running a business and being on a number of boards and that is where some of this thinking is coming from. I have also been reading Working In Public by by Nadia Eghbal .
As is described in the book there are many financial and social pressures that make open source projects hard to maintain for a long time periods (not that it is easy to keep a closed source project going either). A quote I saw recently described it like this:
Running a successful open source project is just Good Will Hunting in reverse, where you start out as a respected genius and end up being a janitor who gets into fights.
In order to counteract this and other open source struggles it seems like it would be great to have an OSArch organization or foundation that provides:
1. Organizational and Legal support
2. Coordination on initiatives
3. Collective clout to influence industry standards
4. Legal structure for receiving grants and funding
5. Collective decision making
As I described in the Vision thread looking around it seemed like the OSGeo foundation (FAQ)provides many of those functions for the Open Source Geospatial community and could be a good resource and template.
Some of the things it does is:
- Put on a number of conferences a year
- Incubate software to meet the OSGeo standards
- Coordinate educational resources
- Provide a software bundle of the OS Geo-spatial software stack
I expect that many aspects of an endeavor such as creating a foundation would be difficult and contentious but I am exited to have the conversation.