[CBT] Open Source + Open Culture + Open Data

Janet Swisher jswisher at mozilla.com
Wed Jun 5 07:23:19 PDT 2013

Yes, I think what we do can be generalized, as other open source folks 
have done in work like The Open Source Way 
(https://www.theopensourceway.org) or The Art of Community 
(http://www.artofcommunityonline.org/). The tricky bit is figuring out 
where to draw the line between "this works for us" and "this always 
works this way".

On 6/4/13 5:27 PM, Brian King wrote:
> Hi Builders,
> Passing this on in case any of you are interested in helping out or 
> have ideas on how Mozilla can help in general.
> It raises an interesting issue. How much of what we do to build 
> community is portable to other organisations / projects? Sure, we have 
> tools such as Bugzilla but right now all of the other work we do is 
> not so easily packaged. Can it even be presented in such a way to set 
> other communities up for success or is there some magic that only 
> works for Mozilla?
> - Brian
> On 3. 06. 13 16:16, Breandán Knowlton wrote:
>> Hi there //
>> Chris Mills (at Opera) and then Robert Nyman told me that I might want
>> to get in touch with you guys. I work on a fairly big digital cultural
>> heritage project called Europeana; we're trying to aggregate the catalog
>> records of all the museums, archives and libraries in Europe and make
>> digitised objects from these collections available through a single API.
>> It depends on a lot of data and web standards work, and the goal is
>> democratisation of access to culture. The project is ambitious, but
>> we're starting to make some progress.
>> I'd love to chat with you about building a community around this idea.
>> While we're chugging away at our work, and anyone is welcome to download
>> our metadata standards
>> (http://pro.europeana.eu/web/guest/edm-documentation), code
>> (http://europeanalabs.eu/browser) or data
>> (http://pro.europeana.eu/datasets), what I'd like to do is transition
>> the project into something that feels like more a part of the F/OSS
>> community. We're doing this work mostly supported by public grants, and
>> we're working for what we see as a public good, but we'd like to spread
>> out the contributions to make it easier to fork and patch our code.
>> We're working on projects relating to metadata extraction, to OCR, to
>> geospatial and temporal enrichment, to entity extraction, to metadata
>> mapping and to semanticaly-rich linked open data. All of these bits of
>> our project might be of more general interest, and we think that we'd
>> have useful things to offer the developer community. We understand that
>> there's more to creating a true F/OSS community than just moving a
>> repository to GitHub.
>> I thought that we might try to do a joint project with Mozilla, since
>> you guys are quite good at this, and share some of our goals. We might,
>> for example, apply for a grant together to cover the time it would take
>> to transition this project from simply having open source code into
>> something that would be widely known and used and adopted. Or we might
>> find better ways to fit what we're doing into the community structures
>> created by Mozilla.
>> Is this something that we might discuss? Crazy idea?
>> Let me know if you'd be available for a chat to discuss further.
>> Best regards,
>> // Breandán
>> -- 
>> Breandán Knowlton
>> Chief Product Officer
>> Europeana Foundation
>> europeana.eu <http://europeana.eu>
>> Phone: +31 (0)70 31 40 971
>> Mobile: +31 (0)63 168 0202
>> Email: b at breandan.org <mailto:b at breandan.org>
>> Skype: brendan.knowlton
>> Twitter: @bfk
>> *Europeana makes our culture available for all to explore, learn from
>> and re-use – learn how at**#AllezCulture <http://bit.ly/17mnbL7>*

Janet Swisher <mailto:jREMOVEswisher at mozilla.com>
Mozilla Developer Network <https://developer.mozilla.org>
Developer Engagement Community Organizer
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