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The OSPO OnRamp meeting series provides a low-threshold entry point for organisations that want to exchange and learn about the basics on how to set up an Open Source Program Office and get started into open source.

The 90 minute meeting is planned in a monthly cadence and will mainly consist of two parts.

In the first part an invited presenter will share experiences, lessons learned and other cool stuff. We plan to record this part of the meeting and to upload the recording later at the OSPO OnRamp website for later reference. This way we hope to gather and retain valuable information for the community.

In the second part of the meeting we would like to provide a trustful and protected environment where all participants can openly share and discuss their challenges, problems or other actual topics around establishing Open Source in their respective organisations. This part of the meeting will be held according to the Chatham House Rules. Therefore there will be no recording of this part of the meeting.

Next meetings

Meeting will be scheduled for every third Friday of the month from 10:30-12:00.

We provide an ICS calendar file to easily import the meeting dates in any agenda.

  • Friday, May 20th, 10:30-12:00 CET

    • Michael Plagge (Eclipse Foundation) - Introduction to the OSPO OnRamp meeting (10min).
    • Josep Prat (Aiven) - 3rd Party Outbound OSPO (35mn)
      Abstract: Learn from Aiven’s experience building their OSPO which focus is on 3rd party Open Source projects. We will share the benefits that the company is experiencing as well as direct examples of how our OSPO is improving the sustainability of various OSS communities. But the roads of our project were seldom perfect, and we’ll discuss pitfalls and areas to watch out for, so you know them in advance when building your own Outbound OSPO focusing on 3rd party OSS.
      The audience will learn:
      • An Innovative way of doing OSPOs
      • When it’s good and when it’s not
      • How it can improve the global OSS ecosystem
      • How to measure success
      • How recruiting changes
      • How fragile OSS communities and projects can benefit from more companies adopting the new approach
    • Open discussion (*) (30min).
  • Friday, June 17th, 10:30-12:00 CET
    Agenda: TBD

Link to meeting:

Previous meetings

You can find all available recordings and available content from the previous meetings here.

Mailing list

All news, infos and updates will be shared on the OSPO OnRamp mailing list.

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Meeting topics

We would love to see topic proposals for the meeting via the maillinglist. The following list can be seen as starting point, which we will extend based on the community input:

  • How to select the “right” open source project for adoption and contributions.
  • How to identity sustainable, secure open source projects with respect also to processes and documentation.
  • How to attract/raise interest of the C-Level management for a dedicated Open Source strategy.
  • How to ease the formal “entry barriers” for developers to join open source activities.
  • How to engage with the Open Source community as a company.

We don’t plan to establish a formal voting process but confirming interest into proposed projects via the mailing list will help us to identify the most relevant topics for the community.

Initially we will reach out to the OSPO Zone network to identify speakers, who are willing to share insights from their perspective, but mid- to long-term we hope that the community itself will identify the right speakers for upcoming meetings.

Additional Resources

Resources coming from different Open Source and/or OSPO communities and Open Source professionals to help people advance in their open source journey.

Guides and books:

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