Open Source Census

Let’s heed the call for an open source census with the open source discovery tool.

We’ve long been maintaining that open source technologies are in wide—and often unrecognized—use in many organizations. Now we have an initiative and a tool to help demonstrate that claim with real numbers.

I’ve submitted requests for the OSS Discovery tool to establish fingerprints to discover three open source technologies I’m involved with, Drupal, Sakai and Kuali, and I’ll call on those communities to help make sure those fingerprints become a part of the tool.

Open source technology solution providers and institutions implementing open source might also consider making a formal OSS discovery part of their readiness evaluation.

Comment/vote/collaborate on my tickets for the following fingerprints:

Nate Moves On

After 5 years as Portland State’s Director for Web Communications, I’ve moved on to work for The rSmart Group, a commercial provider of open source technologies working mostly in the education sector with Sakai, OSP and Kuali.

To extend my engagement at Portland State with open source communities like Sakai/OSP and Drupal, I’m looking forward to a fulltime focus on open source at rSmart, as well as the mandate to expand my thinking beyond local, institutional concerns.

With this move from public to private, I’m happy to still be connected to education. There’s much work to be done to help make open source technologies the obvious choice to support educational missions. rSmart’s definitely part of that work. And rSmart’s attitude toward its clients and open source communities aligns closely with my own. In many ways, my drive to do good feels more empowered in this for-profit company than it did in public education.

Although rSmart’s based in Phoenix, AZ, I’ll still be in Portland, OR. I’m not yet ready to trade the rain for the heat.

Look for much more activity here as I start to spread out in my new role.