So, You Want to Build an Open Source Community: Learning from Apache

J Aaron Farr, Member, VP Apache Excalibur, JadeTower

Track: Business
Date: Wednesday, July 26
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: E143-144

The Apache Software Foundation is home to many open source projects. The success and health of these projects is measured not only in the quality of code produced, but in the quality of the community surrounding the code. To help build new communities, the ASF has established the Apache Incubator. The Incubator serves as the gatekeeper to new projects entering the ASF, ensuring that projects which join the Apache fold have a healthy and vibrant community. This talk will review the Apache Incubator project, its policies and procedures, and share lessons learned in building open source communities.

The Apache Incubator: We'll review the purpose of incubation and what steps are required to enter and graduate. Successful and unsuccessful incubation proposals will be discussed.

Building Healthy Communities: The success of open source projects hinge largely on the strength of the community around the code. We'll investigate what makes a good community tick, how to build one, and identify warning signs.

Whether you're interested in joining the Apache Software Foundation or looking to build your own open source community, the Apache Incubator has many insights to share.