On June 25, 26, 2013, I'll be participating in the Open Source Summit 3.0 Communities Meeting. This marks a 3rd time and 3rd straight year that I've been part of the organizing of the team and this will be the first year I'm not directly speaking at the event. You can find the other videos of me speaking linked at the bottom of this post.
Besides the 11 federal agencies that will be repped at the event (NASA, NIH/NCI, NLM, DARPA, Census, State Dept, DOE, etc.), the great part about this year's meeting is its focus on Open Source communities. Still not well understood especially in government, I'm excited to teach others how they work - especially how government can not only interact with communities that are already or externally open source; but how they can form their own open source communities, and grow them out in the wild. This a key issue for sustainability of software since NSF, NASA, DOD, NIH are all concerned with how the software extends beyond the grant, especially in this day and age of budget and fiscal crises.
In addition to being excited about attending and the conversations that will occur during the event, I just wanted to throw a shout out to the Planning team for the meeting. Start with Wayne Moses Burke (Planning team), on down I had a great time working with y'all and am looking forward to meeting some of you in person and to getting our gov OSS on!
Come join us June 25, 26 at NYU DC. Event registration can be found here.