Schedule: Community sessions

The community is the all-important powerhouse behind open source projects. Understand the benefits of fostering a diverse base of contributors, manage contributions and community health for the long term, and see how effective leadership and marketing dramatically affect the success of an open source project.

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Location: D135
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The best, most effective presentations capture the audience quickly, hold their interest effortlessly, educate and entertain them in equal measure, and sometimes even inspire them. This tutorial explores seven basic principles (and dozens of specific techniques) for achieving those goals in any kind of technical presentation. Read more.
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Brian Fitzpatrick (Google, Inc.), Ben Collins-Sussman (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 30 ratings)
Are you the 'point' person for your team? Do you have sweaty palms, headaches, and a calendar full of meetings? You may have an affliction called 'manager'. This condition is treatable through analysis and therapy. We'll examine how you may have arrived at this state and how you can once again regain your self-respect and that of your peers. Hear real-life stories of both good and bad leadership. Read more.
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Location: D136
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
Diversity is often presented simply as "the right thing to do", leaving open the question why we, as a technical community, should be interested in diversity. This talk addresses diversity, not in moral or ethical terms, but in pragmatic ones. Studies on creativity and productivity demonstrate the benefits and importance of diversity for the Open Source community. Read more.
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Location: D136
Tags: community
Denise Paolucci (Dreamwidth Studios), Mark Smith (Dreamwidth Studios)
Average rating: ***..
(3.92, 12 ratings)
With an increasing number of Open Source projects demanding attention, it can be hard to attract qualified contributors. Learn how to convert your community of users into a community of developers, through training, mentoring, and community management, from a project that's been hacking its hackers since day one. Read more.
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Location: D136
Average rating: ***..
(3.42, 12 ratings)
Running one of the worlds largest open source services is hard, but it is something that we at Google believe adds a lot of value. This talk will take you through my journey of working with several open source veterans as we built such a service at Google and the benefit we regularly get from a thriving open source community. Read more.
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Location: D136
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 15 ratings)
In this lively discussion we'll give an update on the Google activities over the last year, including an overview of Android, Chrome, ChromeOS, Go and other releases. We will also present a milestone report on the summer of code. Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk), Evan Prodromou (StatusNet Inc), Aaron Williamson (Software Freedom Law Center), Mark Hinkle (Socialized Software), John Pugh (Canonical, Ltd), Allan Foster (ForgeRock US)
Average rating: ***..
(3.11, 9 ratings)
Creating "free" web services will require more than just making web services using AGPL licensed software. We'll need trusted providers, protections around how data can be used and all the social aspects that the current web services have. We now have several free and open web services. Come hear what people are doing to define and create "free" web services. We need you! Read more.
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Location: D133
Jeffrey Osier-Mixon (Intel Corporation)
This birds-of-a-feather group discussion centers on finding ways to make the embedded Linux community more approachable and usable. Various individual communities will be discussed as well as the increasing use of social media. Read more.
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Location: D137
Average rating: ****.
(4.72, 18 ratings)
The GNU Manifesto asserted that software should not be copyrighted. Yet, the very definition is of Open Source software is the nature of the copyright license. To License software is to fail to make it free or open. It is time to make software truly open by placing it in the public domain. To license it is to fail. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
Tags: cloud, perl, qa
David Golden (Bunchmail)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
Did you know that CPAN comes with a free QA team? CPAN Testers is a distributed, grass-roots project with over 6.5 million test reports. This talk describes how the project benefits Perl developers and offers four important practices for any large-scale, volunteer QA effort Read more.
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Location: D137
Diane Peters (Creative Commons)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
OCSON attendees are intimately familiar with the decisions surrounding software licensing: copyleft, attribution, and non-endorsement all mean something when discussing source licenses. With the rise of data as an asset, developers are turning their attention to data, often with the assumption that the same ideas apply. This talk will discuss why that's not the case and what to do about it. Read more.
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Location: D133
Tags: community
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
In this session, Drupal project lead and Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert will share his secrets for building and participating in a thriving open source community and how collaboration amongst communities and non-developer adopters is critical to a healthy and sustainable project. Read more.
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Location: D137
Laura Thomson (Mozilla Corporation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 12 ratings)
There comes a time in a project's life when you have to make the decision: can this code be saved? Should we fix it, or declare technical bankruptcy to cancel our technical debts and start again? In this talk I'll look at when and how to make this decision without regrets. Read more.
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James Bottomley (Parallels)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 9 ratings)
Linux Kernel practises have grown by evolution over nearly 20 years. This talk will investigate the practises it has arrived at and distill recommendations for running other open source projects based on what the kernel does right (and also what it does wrong). Read more.
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Location: D133
Jeffrey Osier-Mixon (Intel Corporation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Documentation can define the difference between a winning project and an also-ran. How can you manage the documentation portion of your open-source project? This presentation reveals the basics of doc project management, showing you what your users need and how to meet their expectations. Read more.
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Location: D137
Tags: education
Mel Chua (Red Hat), Asheesh Laroia (Eventbrite)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
"Turn someone else's problems into your learning material." How do you expose your project's bugs and tasks to enthusiastic new contributors? We'll be talking about how OpenHatch's software tools and process-creating guidance make it possible to reveal a FOSS project's bug and task needs to budding contributors, students, and educators creating and running FOSS courses. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
So you've just launched your open source project. But now what? You need users. You need contributors. You need people to know you exist. And you have no budget! This session will show you the lessons I've learned from many open source projects I've worked on over the years. It will teach you how to build buzz and help people find you, all without exceeding your time and budget constraints. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Tags: community
Karsten Wade (Red Hat/Fedora Project)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 6 ratings)
How does Red Hat have wild success with Fedora and other FLOSS projects? By following a method firmly rooted in humanism, practice, and science. Learn in this session how to be an effective catalyst in communities of users, contributors, businesses, government, education, etc. Read more.
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