Track: Community Summit: Open Source Communities as Collaborative Innovation Platforms, Opportunities and Challenges

Theme: THINK

Room: Blin - Petit Auditorium

On: Oct 4, 2013, from 09:00 to 12:00

Track leader(s): Cedric Thomas (OW2)

The Open World Forum Community Summit is an annual open workshop focusing on the growth and management of open source communities.

This year, leaders and practitioners from free and open source software communities will discuss the opportunities and challenges of open source as a collaborative innovation platform. With no cumbersome IP negotiations, no costly contracts, and rules of engagement simply defined by the license attached to the code, open source software is a fantastic mechanism for sharing innovation efforts. Open source creates value and drives innovation in emerging markets such as cloud computing, big data, embedded systems, Internet of things, machine to machine, etc. But in these areas, the industry is increasingly characterized by the raise of complex, highly capital-intensive systems and multi-year innovation programs.

Is the game changing for open source communities?


09:00 - Community Summit Part One - Open Source Innovation Stories

Duration: 105 minutes

Speakers: Cedric Thomas (OW2)

09:15 - Xen Project : Moving a commercial open source project to an open source Foundation

Speakers: Lars Kurth (Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix)

In April this year, Xen became a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. 6 months later it is time to take stock. I will start with a brief introduction of the Xen Project, explain the key challenges the project had under Citrix' stewardship, explain why Xen moved to the Linux Foundation, explore the challenges and considerations when choosing an open source foundation and explore the impact on the Xen community to date. The talk will centre around the core question of whether open source foundations provide a better collaboration platform for open source projects than corporate stewardship. The answer - at least for the Xen project - is clearly yes. However, following this route has its own challenges, trade-offs and risks.

09:30 - GENIVI - The home of Open Source IVI Software

Speakers: Bruno Grasset (Valeo - GENIVI) / Philippe Robin (Program Manager, GENIVI)

The GENIVI alliance ( has made significant progress in terms of requirement standardization for IVI systems and delivery/reuse of open source software. Production vehicles with a GENIVI compliant infotainment system are being launched in year 2013. This talk will present the status of the work and the dissemination activities towards the open source community that have been undertaken. The talk will be prepared and delivered by French participants of the GENIVI project, namely Philippe Colliot and Fabien Hernandez (from PSA, representing the OEM standpoint), Bruno Grasset (from Valeo, representing a Tier 1 standpoint) and Philippe Robin (GENIVI program manager that will present the many challenges encountered in such a large collaborative project).

09:45 - A Themed Software Forge for European Projects

Speakers: Roberto Galoppini (Slashdot Media)

In today's services there are several popular locations to store code (e.g. sourceforge, github, bitbucket) and a few more to build a community around open source projects (e.g. sourceforge, launchpad). In this growing ecosystem it is increasingly difficult to get your voice heard, and to draw attention to your specific open source software, or even to find the right piece of software to use. In this talk we discuss the advantages that customized software forges can provide for specific target audiences, as means to allow projects to thrive in niche communities, like European R&D. This is done in the context of the PROSE FP7 project who is promoting open source software in European projects, through a software forge targeting FP7 projects in the European space - The PROSE divide and conquer strategy opens the discussion to the real value of a small, custom software forge, and how small features targeting the specificity of the community at hand can provide better support for open source software, allowing such a forge can survive in a world of giants.

10:00 - Catalyzing the discovery, analysis and adoption of community-based OSS innovation

Speakers: Jim Ahtes (Atos)

OSS has become intertwined with mainstream IT. According to Gartner, by 2016, 95% of IT organizations will leverage OSS technology and software in their IT portfolios, recognizing the growing trend of not just standalone solutions but the greater implication of OSS assets being integrated within commercial products.

It’s also a strong return to community engagement where more and more developers are leveraging the benefits of collaborative OSS development for quality and innovation; from independent freelancers to the largest IT players.

But what is needed to help guide us through the maze of forges, integration issues and legal concerns when involving the constantly growing communities of this collaborative environment? One such approach is from MARKOS (, an EU-funded R&D initiative, creating a developer-oriented web platform that searches aggregated info from OSS projects across a variety of forges and analyzes the interdependencies, software structures and license compatibility issues between them. It’s a developer-oriented service to efficiently and better leverage OSS assets in their workflow.

We would like to have a discussion about how to improve community engagement to not just leverage one solution such as MARKOS, but for catalyzing the discovery, analysis and adoption of community-based innovation in OSS in general.

10:15 - Multiple Clouds and multiple interest communities: challenges in developing open-source software in Cloud-related collaborative projects

Speakers: Dana Petcu (West University of Timisoara)

Developing open source software that responds to the lock-in problem currently encountered in the Cloud computing service market is on the agenda of several research and development projects that are funded by the European Commission. FP7 projects like MODAClouds or mOSAIC are building open-source Multi-Cloud middleware as an answer to the needs of the service consumers by ensuring a certain degree of independence from the provider’s services. However the path of developing such open-source middleware is long and difficult, involving many issues to be solved, like the followings: choice of open source license, establish the constraints imposed by the licenses dependencies, use of widely-accepted standards and other open-source codes, management of the copyright, contributor license agreements, source code opening moment, issue tracker, open mailing lists, open wiki, building a community beyond the project consortium, establish the means to maintain the code beyond the project. While most of these issues are common with any open-source code project, the different views and experiences of the project members coming from different academic or industrial communities, as well as from different nations, are ensuring a higher degree of innovation than is possible within one team, but make also the agreement and maintenance more challenging.

10:30 - TBA

Speakers: Mike Hendrickson (O'Reilly Media)

11:00 - Community Summit Part Two - Open Source Innovation Ecosystem

Duration: 5 minutes

Speakers: Cedric Thomas (OW2)

11:05 - Is there an Open (Source) Europe?

Duration: 15 minutes

Speakers: Peter Ganten (CEO, Univention)

An Open World should have no barriers at national borders. But why is it that germans love french cars and french drive Mercedes or BMW, but in the IT and especially in Open Source only few companies from France have success in Germany and vice versa?

Together, Germany and France have a long and glorious history of pushing an Open Europe forward, resulting in more wealth and freedom for the citizens of both countries. So, is it right to discuss “national clouds” now to shield espionage and intelligence activities?

This presentation will show how Open Source Software supports innovation by providing great means to ensure trust, transparency and collaboration. We should tear down all real walls and mental barriers to benefit from this as societies and as companies even better. collaboration. We should tear down all real walls and mental barriers to benefit from this as societies and as companies even better.

11:20 - Promises of Freedom? Neoliberal Open Source

Duration: 15 minutes

Speakers: Louis Suarez-Potts (Community Strategist, Age of Peers, Inc.)

Open source in the developed world has been shaped by the interests and ambitions of large corporations since at least 2000.

The difference now is that it's harder to imagine (and then act on) open source outside the corporate march. But hasn't this been the case in developing regions? In these, economic free choice is elusive. What then constitutes open source in practice outside the rich North? I don't pretend to answer this vast question here, as open source reflects the local environment. Rather, I would focus on instances that go some way to answering, Quo vadis open source?

11:35 - What’s next for Open Source Communities?

Duration: 15 minutes

Speakers: Gabriele Ruffatti (OW2 Consortium)

IT observers affirm that open source is an innovative factor that is impacting industries as well as many other fields and that its quality is gaining momentum. Let’s see what is happening in cloud computing, big data and future internet. Open source has transformed the following concepts : Value, from a short-term monetary return, to a long-lasting performance evaluation of three dimensions of analysis: economic, social and technical; Platform, as the baseline providing long-term sustainability through technical support, governance of initiatives and global communications; Openness, as the combination of collaboration, transparency, sharing and diversity, to provide value and freedom, to act and to empower people. This happens when new relationships and collaborative efforts involve communities, industries and R&D activities. Now, what’s the next challenge? Personally, I see two directions. The first is the ability to give concreteness to the results, coming from the effective capacity to bring innovation into market and give effectiveness to the measurement of the community performance. The second is a new ethical revival, able to bring value into the society: the capacity to act beyond the community boundaries, usually restricting creativity into technical activities and efforts into the marketing expectations of its participants.

11:50 - Open Source in Microsoft devices and services strategy with a smile

Duration: 15 minutes

Speakers: Frederic Aatz (Microsoft) / Nik Garkusha (Windows Azure Product Manager, Microsoft)

Digital culture has become core to every Enterprise and Public services organizations and so in the Microsoft devices and services strategy, interoperability and open source have been key to our offerings. After many years of listening to customers, collaborating with standards and communities, the devices and services Microsoft produces take into account a mixed environment where developers and IT professionals as well as business and technical decision makers can leverage their skills and existing investments to build on the new modern applications based on existing IT though transformation to cloud whether it be private, public or hybrid depending on their choices.

12:05 - Open Development in the Enterprise

Duration: 15 minutes

Speakers: Bertrand Delacrétaz (Apache Software Foundation)

Open Development is often mentioned in open source circles nowadays, as a way to make projects really open, sustainable and based on meritocracy rather than on people's titles or hierarchical ranking. Does this model have its place in large companies? Can we apply the open source governance models to enterprise projects, where you'd usually expect a strictly hierarchical decision making process? The open collaboration methods used by the R&D group that the author is a member of Adobe demonstrate that this is not only possible, but brings measurable benefits in terms of agility, employee satisfaction and quality of the final product. This talk describes the key elements that make this work, and provides pointers to developers or project leaders for starting to use such a model in their own projects and groups.

12:20 - Irill: research on software that helps free software

Duration: 15 minutes

Speakers: Roberto Di Cosmo (IRILL)

The mission of IRILL, the Initiative for Research and Innovation on Free Software, is to bring together in one place leading researchers and scientists, expert developers, and industry players to tackle the fundamental challenges that free software poses today. In this talk you will learn more about Irill, and see firsthand some examples of research on software that helps free software.

12:35 - iCOMMUNITY, s'informer et innover avec la recherche publique

Duration: 10 minutes

Speakers: Dimitri Tate (Community manager iCOMMUNITY, Inria)

iCOMMUNITY is the community-based platform for discussion and information on digital innovation.

12:45 - Community Summit Q&A Session

Speakers: Cedric Thomas (OW2)

Open Q&A session.

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