A New Framework for In-Person OSPO Workshops: TODO Group Seeks Collaborators

As more and more organizations adopt open source initiatives and/or seek to mature their involvement in open source, the OSPO movement is expanding across industries and regions of all types and sizes. Due to the wide range of responsibilities and ways to operate, OSPO professionals usually find it difficult when it comes to implementing OSPO best practices, policies, processes, or tools for their open source management efforts. To help people with these challenges, the TODO Group is introducing a new framework for in-person OSPO workshops. The framework is publicly available in ospology, a repo that encapsulates a set of initiatives open to all (including an OSPO mindmap, virtual global & regional meetings, an OSPO discussion forum, monthly OSPO News, and now, in-person OSPO workshops) to work in collaboration to study and discuss the status of OSPOs.

Piloting in Europe first, TODO is currently seeking for collaborators to bring together the various communities involved in OSPO-specific topics and thus, help organizations effectively implement OSPO Programs based on specific region needs.

Let’s look now at the OSPOlogy.live framework.

OSPOlogy.live framework in a nutshell

Unconference style

Typically at an unconference, the agenda of the workshop portion is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. OSPOlogy workshops are not fully an unconference as the first day is a series of prepared presentations, so you know what the sessions are before joining (1 or 2 will be chosen by the participants ahead of time). For Day 2, the workshops follow the unconference model. Participants vote on topics to be worked on that day. Participants may be asked to submit their topic before the workshop to accelerate/simplify the voting process.

Suggested workshop sections

Interested to becoming a collaborator?

We can’t do this alone! If you are part of an open source community involved in OSPO-specific topics or an organization willing to help with the workshop planning, schedule and/or provide a space to kick off the first meet-up in Europe, we need your help. Please contact:

Frequently Asked Questions

What do we mean by communities involved in OSPO-specific topics?

OSPO-specific topics range from safely using open source to license compliance, sustainability, contributing back to the community, and more. For the full list of OSPO topics please see https://ospomindmap.todogroup.org/:

Some examples of OS communities highly involved in these topics are:

What are the necessary roles to set up an OSPOlogy.live workshop?

There are two ways in which you can play your part in OSPOlogy.live set up: (1) the hosting party who makes available a meeting room; and, (2) the workshop organizer/facilitator in charge of workshop activities and planning. (1) and (2) may be the same entity/individual. Further details can be found in the framework documentation.

Where can I register for the next OSPOlogy.live?

Efforts are already on the way to organize the OSPOlogy workshops in different European countries each quarter. Once collaborators and days are confirmed, registration details and schedules will be published via the OSPOlogy community platform.

For further updates, please subscribe to OSPONewsletter and join the TODO community.