[CBT] Open Source + Open Culture + Open Data

Carla Casilli carla at mozillafoundation.org
Mon Jun 10 11:11:26 PDT 2013

David's comment gets a big plus one from me. Building on this example let's imagine what this might look like in practice. Here's an etherpad where we can begin the framework . There we can add the following content: 

    * Create a list of orgs/projects that are aligned with our mission or who have similar efforts that correspond with our own. 
    * Gather contacts at these locations who could contribute to building a badge ecosystem that works across orgs/projects 
    * Rough out possible badges 

Sound interesting? Your assistance is invaluable: please help. And let's find time to discuss synchronously. Thanks! 

----- Original Message -----

From: "David Boswell" <dboswell at mozilla.com> 
To: community-building at mozilla.org 
Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:33:42 AM 
Subject: Re: [CBT] Open Source + Open Culture + Open Data 

I agree that what we're doing to increase community building capacity inside Mozilla can be relevant outside of Mozilla. 

I also think that at some point we may want to create partnerships with other open projects so that we can learn from each other and get connected with potential contributors who are already familiar with general open source practices. 

Luke and I were just talking about this on Monday -- he is active in Code for America and Wordpress projects and runs into people who are aligned with our mission and would probably be interested in contributing to Mozilla. 

One great idea he had was could we create badges that encouraged people to contribute to more projects -- for instance, a badge you could get for committing to both Mozilla repos and a partner community repo. 


----- Original Message -----

> 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 
> Mozilla Developer Network 
> Developer Engagement Community Organizer 
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