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Whom is this group for?

The primary purpose of this group is to bring together organizations who run open source programs. We believe there are a number of challenges for organizations who want to run open source projects and programs effectively. We discovered we had only rarely even shared our own experiences, and formed this group to help improve shared knowledge about running such programs.

Should I join?

There are lots of different ways in which open source is built, used, and released - and there are many foundations, groups, and communities for different aspects of this rich ecosystem. TODO is specifically intended as a forum for companies’ open source program managers to come together. Members generally tend to represent organizations who consider open source to be an adjunct their core business.

Which organizations are participating?

See the full list of members . If you would like to take part too, please contact us .

Can I be part of the TODO Community without being a TODO Member?

Yes, TODO Group resources are essentially like any other open source project.

Everyone willing to contribute to improve OSPO education and adoption across industries worldwide is more than welcome to join the community and take part of the public resources through our GitHub page: https://github.com/todogroup. TODO Community Members include, but are not restricted to:

  • OSPO Managers
  • OSPO initiatives
  • Industry partners
  • Foundations

In order to keep a secure place to freely share sensitive information, the TODO Group offers TODO Member-only spaces. If you consider you meet TODO Membership requirements , please complete the membership application .

What are the benefits of being a TODO member?

Please take a look to the TODO Group Overview Presentation to learn more about membership benefits.

As a government institution, can I join the TODO Group?

Yes, the TODO Group welcomes any government institution willing to collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source programs, as well as to engage in discussions with experienced OSPO professionals.

Please, take a look to the TODO Group Overview Presentation to learn more about membership benefits.

As a university or academic institution, can I join the TODO Group?

Yes, universities can join the TODO Group to collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source programs, as well as to engage in discussions with experienced OSPO professionals.

OSPO professionals from universities such as Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) or University of California Santa Cruz have been TODO Members over the past years.

Please, take a look to the TODO Group Overview Presentation to learn more about membership benefits.

What deliverables can we expect to see from this group?

Our plans include work such as:

  • Sharing best practices for running large open source programs well
  • Codifying criteria or qualities that well-run projects should aspire to
  • Tooling & instrumentation that makes it easier to reach and maintain those standards
  • A directory of projects and initiatives from the community that meet some or all of those criteria

TODO resources are open to everyone and available at TODO Group GitHub repo under CC-BY 4.0 Licence. We encourage people to share their knowledge and help growing this community by adding their contributions to the different TODO initiatives such as:

We use a TODO Kanban to manage the different issues and PR from the community

Which are the main communication channels?

What are the main TODO communication channels and how can the OSPO Community get involved? The TODO Group currently support two work models:

Public communication channels

  • Public meetings: Public meetings are open to everyone involved in the OSPO industry, from TODO Members to external organizations, foundations or any other industry partners. The TODO Group currently hosts OSPOlogy as the general meeting, but we are expecting to add new working areas in the near future. Everyone is more than welcome to contribute to OSPOlogy planning, upcoming topics and guest proposals: https://github.com/todogroup/ospology/tree/main/meetings

  • Public TODO slack channel: TODO Slack channel is a great place to introduce yourself to the community and say hi!

  • OSPO Newsletters: Stay up to date in Open Source Program Office (OSPO) trends: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/osponews

  • OSPO Discussions: If you’re interested in OSPO related discussions, you can post questions on the TODO Group Slack and also https://github.com/todogroup/ospology/discussions

Private communication channels

  • Private meetings: This space is meant for TODO members-only, to share OSPO knowledge in a private sensitive setting. If you are a TODO Member and would like to get involved in these meetings, please contact info@todogroup.org specifying your membership info.

  • Private TODO Mailing list: This space is meant for TODO members-only, to share OSPO knowledge in a private sensitive setting.

How can I start getting involved in the TODO Community?

This is a list of the most useful places where newcomers can start getting involved with the community:

How is the TODO Steering Committee elected?

The TODO Steering Committe sets the policy and strategic goals for TODO Group. The Steering Commitee is elected by the TODO Members on a yearly basis. https://github.com/todogroup/governance#todo-steering-committee-tsc

Is the TODO Group a new open source foundation?

No. We’re a group of organizations with a common interest who have come together to help solve the problem of building open source programs.

How can I stay up to date with TODO?

Follow us on GitHub or on Twitter at @todogroup .

Press inquiries can be sent to pr@todogroup.org.