Over on my research group’s blog at Friedrich-Alexander University I finished summarizing the underlying concepts for the three cornerstones of my professorship:
I wrote it in German, as this is reaches the target group best; as always, Google Translate is your friend, and if you are interested, drop me a note!
The battle on the web over academic publishing is heating up, and Elsevier is apparently sending take-down notices to competitor Academia.edu. If there is a publisher loathed by researchers, it is probably Elsevier. (Not so much by me, as I never published with them, but by many others whose papers they keep hostage.) I have said it before, and I am happy to repeat it here:
Papers not openly accessible on the web might as well not have been published at all.
If I cannot get to a paper through Google Scholar or other simple means, I prefer not to cite it. This includes all papers hidden behind a paywall. I consider it a moral imperative to not cite these papers for multiple reasons. For one, research funded by the public should be accessible by the public, including non-researchers. Similarly, many developing nations cannot afford the prices charged by the publishers and supporting those publishers is a way of keeping those nations in check. Thirdly, these prices are predatory, to the extent that my own university’s library asks its professors to do whatever we can to reign in the unbridled greed, specifically at Elsevier.
On Feb 14-16, 2014, the OpenUp Camp about all things open (practitioner) will take place in Nuremberg. Feb 14 is the “business day” and it will have a focus in open source user foundations, to which I’ll make a contribution:
Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, FAU, berichtet über aktuelle Forschung zum Thema Open-Source-Anwenderkonsortien. Er geht hierbei auf die zugrunde liegenden wirtschaftlichen Strukturen und das zu etablierende Ökosystem ein. Am Beispiel der Kuali Foundation, welche seit 10 Jahren die Software für amerikanische Universitäten entwickeln lässt, wird Motivation und Gewinn für Anwender und Hersteller gleichermassen diskutiert.
Looking forward to the event and see you there!
Negotiations between the two main German open source business non-profits finally led to a tangible result:
The OSBF, headquartered in Nuremberg, and the OSBA, headquartered in Stuttgart, will merge to form a single German non-profit to further “everything open” from an economic and business perspective. (In German.)
I’m a member of both organizations and a member of the board of the OSBF though I was not involved with the drawn-out negotiations. I very much welcome the reunification (and it is a reunification after a split many years ago); as a fellow board member wrote to me: “Dirk, you are getting your Christmas wish fulfilled.” (Earlier this year, I had complained that “All I want for Christmas is that the People’s Front of Judea will finally merge with the Judean People’s Front and open its Berlin office. There is a lot of work to be done.”) The new name has not been announced yet though I think it will be “Open Source Business Foundation”.
Congratulations to Peter Ganten (OSBA) and Richard Seibt (OSBF) and the many others who made it happen!
A belated call for papers for ECOOP 2014; I’m on the program committee. Please note the double-blind reviewing process. [DR]
The European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP) is the premier international conference covering all areas of object technology and related software development technologies. The 28th edition of the ECOOP conferences series will take place from 28 July to 1 August, 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden. It will embrace a broad range of topics related to object-orientation, including:
Please consider submitting a paper. (I’m on the program committee.) –Dirk
The Fifth International Conference on Software Business
June 15-18, 2014, Azia Resort and Spa, Paphos, Cyprus
Conference homepage: http://www.icsob.org
Online submission: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icsob2014
Shortening the time-to-market: from short cycle times to continuous value delivery
The interest remains; I’ve given my new talk on Inner Source at a couple of companies now (ask me!) and next time will be at CMU (in Silicon Valley, broadcast to Pittsburgh) next Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The talk was originally going to be hosted by Tony Wasserman, now by Hakan Erdogamus, and is open to the public. Looking forward to it!
The Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA) will hold its annual Open Source Day in Nuremberg this year, on 2013-11-20. For more information, please see the flyer.
I am a member of the OSBA (the former Linux Solutions Group). I am also a member of the Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF), which is headquartered in Nuremberg. So I’m slightly irritated that the OSBA is holding an open source day in Nuremberg, but of course I wish it all the best. (Sadly, I won’t be able to attend, because I’m on sabbatical in Silicon Valley).
All I want for Christmas is that the People’s Front of Judea will finally merge with the Judean People’s Front and open its Berlin office. There is a lot of work to be done.
(This is the editorial I wrote for the it – Information Technology, vol. 55, no. 5, journal issue, a special issue on open source that I edited.)
The Unstoppable Rise of Open Source
Dirk Riehle, Friedrich-Alexander University (of Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Open source software is software that is available for everyone to use for free, to adapt to one’s needs for free, and to pass on to other interested parties, for free as well . Beyond the legal definition, the open source movement has brought the world a new way of developing software. Open source is a “development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.” 
Underlying open source software development are the principles of open transparent collaboration: egalitarianism (everyone may participate, nobody is excluded a priori), meritocracy (decisions are based on the merits of the arguments) and self-organization (processes are adapted to people and project communities rather than people and project communities to processes) .
Oldenbourg Verlag just published a special issue on open source that I edited. Titled “the unstoppable rise of open source” it provides a five-article overview of open source past, present, and future.
Please read my introduction to “the unstoppable rise of open source” and any of the papers provided in the special issue—naturally, I ensured that they are accessible open access (for free) to readers.
The reference to the special issue is it – Information Technology, Volume 55, Issue 5 (Oct 2013). To make life easy, I’m providing the table of contents here as well:
- Trends in Free, Libre, Open Source Software Communities: From Volunteers to Companies by Gonzalez-Barahona, Jesus M. / Robles, Gregorio. Page 173: (Original link, local copy)
- Community and Commercial Strategies in Open Source Software by Wasserman, Anthony I. Page 181: (Original link, local copy)
- Open Source Community Processes: Implications on Micro and Macro Level by Koch, Stefan. Page 189: (Original link, local copy)
- Open Source Engineering Processes Mauerer, Wolfgang / Jaeger, Michael C. Page 196: (Original link, local copy)
- Career in Open Source? Relevant Competencies for Successful Open Source Developers by Kimmelmann, Nicole. Page 204: (Original link, local copy)