How to make Open Source more sustainable

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  1. How can we secure funding for open source projects?
    • How can we ensure that open source developers are fairly compensated for their contributions?
    • How can we measure the value of open source contributions?
  2. How can we encourage more people to contribute to open source projects?
  3. How can we balance the need for financial sustainability with the principles of open source?
    • How can we ensure that open source projects are inclusive and accessible to all?

How can we secure funding for open source projects?

  1. Developing a model for compensating open source developers. This could include offering monetary compensation, providing benefits such as more vacation, or allowing developers to work on open source projects as part of their paid work.

  2. Securing reliable funding sources for open source projects. This could include setting up a foundation to support open source development, or partnering with companies or organizations that have an interest in supporting open source.

  3. Measuring the value of open source contributions by tracking metrics such as the number of contributors, the amount of code contributed, and the impact that the open source project has had on the community.

How can we encourage more people to contribute to open source projects?

  1. Encouraging more people to contribute to open source projects by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. This could include providing mentor-ship and training programs, or hosting events and workshops to engage the community.

How can we balance the need for financial sustainability with the principles of open source?

How can we ensure that open source projects are inclusive and accessible to all?

  1. Balancing the need for financial sustainability with the principles of open source by making sure that open source projects remain transparent, accessible, and free for everyone to use.
    • Ensuring that open source projects are inclusive and accessible to all by promoting diversity and inclusivity, and by taking steps to remove barriers to entry for underrepresented groups.

It's important for open source projects to have sustainable funding and support, as well as clear governance and maintenance policies, to minimize the risk of discontinuation.

Is Open Source a part of making a sustainable future?

Makers of a sustainable future

Alexander Vassbotn Røyne-Helgesen

Principal Engineer, Knowit, Oslo, Norway

KDS 2023 @ Copenhagen - How to make Open Source more sustainable?

By Alexander Vassbotn Røyne-Helgesen

KDS 2023 @ Copenhagen - How to make Open Source more sustainable?

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