Category:Open source consulting working group

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Community Charter

This working group provides a place for various organizations involved in Open Source consulting to collaborate on a framework of common intellectual property that benefits all consumers. For example, open source '101-level' training materials, community health metrics, etc. Much like organizations utilize common software components from the open source software world (and contribute back to them), we believe there is value to these organizations participating in creating non-differentiated intellectual property around how to consume, collaborate, and create in the open source world, while still being able to differentiate their own consulting services with unique offerings, tools, and industry domain expertise.

The ultimate goal is that, in addition to providing common training materials and metrics, this community will define standards and practices in governance models and other areas that help organizations identify and utilize open source more effectively in their enterprises. By cooperating on these common pieces, while providing custom value-added services utilizing this 'framework', the overall consulting market for open source should expand as potential consumers recognize the benefit of maturity and commonality in approach, offering opportunity and value for all parties involved.

Potential Collaboration Areas

The following is not an exhaustive list, and the community will need to discuss what other areas it would like to see covered:

  • Metrics (existing working group already started)
    • Open Source Project Maturity/Health Index
  • Legal References/Referrals (Similar to Angie's List)
  • Open Source Primers/Training
  • Common Reporting Templates

Proposed Licensing



Membership in this community is open to any individual or organization that would like to contribute. While Red Hat is launching the community, we encourage others to join as well.

Getting Started

  • Join the mailing list
  • Join our IRC channel: #oss-consulting-wg on
  • Introduce yourself in either of these forums & share what areas you'd like to work on from the list above (or propose your own)

Launch Plan

The first phase of launching this community will take place at the Community Leadership Summit, to be hosted the weekend prior to OSCON 2012 - July 14th and 15th. If you cannot attend the event, don't worry, we'll be documenting progress of our efforts here and on the mailing list.

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