Open Source Summit

Open Source Summit

Open source brings numerous benefits to government software projects, including increased software quality, reduced development costs, faster development cycles, and reduced barriers to public-private collaboration through new opportunities to commercialize technology. This inherently transparent, participatory, and collaborative approach is revolutionizing the way software is created, improved, and used.

NASA has hosted two Open Source Summits to convene leaders from government and industry as well as software practitioners to discuss the development, release and use of open source software in government.

This website archives the proceedings, presentations and videos from those events.

Important Resources

Archives of Previous Open Source Summits

Open Source Summit #1

March 29-30, 2011

On March 29 and 30, 2011, NASA hosted the first Open Source Summit at Ames Research Center in Mountain View California. Facilitated by Wayne Moses Burke and Lucas Cioffi of the Open Forum Foundation, this “Focus Forum” style event focused on moving beyond abstract discussion to produce real, actionable solutions to NASA’s toughest open source challenges. Throughout the event, guest speakers provided insights into best practices and shared valuable lessons learned in building and leveraging open source communities.

Participants were split into discussion sessions to address challenges with the existing policy framework and brainstorm potential solutions. Focus groups included licensing, government restrictions such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, governance, and risk assessments.

Physical participation in the Open Source Summit #1 was limited, however virtual participation was open to anyone through live streaming, electronic discussion, and collaborative note taking.

Presentation Speaker Video Slides
Open Source Software, the US Department of Defense, and NASA David Wheeler Not Available Slides
Open Source at NASA: A Practitioner’s Perspective Terry Fong Not Available Slides
NASA World Wind: A Good Idea, An Example Patrick Hogan Not Available Slides
Intro to Forge.mil Richard Bullington-McGuire and Guy Martin Not Available Slides
Open Source Governance for your Organization Bob Sutor Not Available Slides
An Open Source Strategy for NASA Chris Mattmann Not Available Slides
Lessons from GitHub Chris Wanstrath Not Available Slides
Google, NASA and Open Source Chris DiBona Not Available Slides
Lessons from RedHat Brian Stevens Not Available Slides
Lessons from Mozilla Pascal Finette Not Available Slides

Open Source Summit #2

June 20-21, 2012

On June 20th and 21st 2012, NASA, in partnership with the Veteran Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) and the State Department, hosted the second ‘Open Source Summit’ to advance the use of open source software in government. The summit took place at the University of Maryland Business School in College Park, Maryland. It was facilitated by Wayne Moses Burke of the Open Forum Foundation and provided high energy, relevant speakers to educate the participants interspersed with deep discussions to ensure that everyone gets questions answered and information that is directly relevant to their interests and needs.

Presentation Speaker Video Slides
Keynote Chris Vein, Deputy CTO for Government Innovation, OSTP Video Not Available
Use Jason Hoekstra, Dept of Education Video Not Available
Development Chris Mattmann, Ph.D., Senior Computer Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Video Not Available
Release Chris Musialek, GSA Video Not Available
Community Building Gray Brooks, FCC Video Not Available
You Can’t Buy That! Bureaucracy Meets Open Source Chris Bronk, Senior Advisor, Office of eDiplomacy, State Dept Video Not Available
The Equipment of Contribution Chris Johnson, Director of Engineering, Phase2 Technologies Video Slides
Open Source Software (OSS) — Legal Issues and Best Practices for Federal Agencies Vicki E. Allums, Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Defense Video Not Available
SaMoLo in Government Open Source Projects Leslie Power, Development Manager (Contractor, 5AM Solutions/CGI), CONNECT Product Team (within the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)) Video Not Available
Three Shall be the Number Jim Jagielski, Apache Software Foundation Video Slides
In Praise of Foundations Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation Video Slides
Innovation In Government: Open Source Software and Electronic Health Records Mike O’Neill, Veteran’s Administration (OSEHRA) Not Available Slides
OWF and GOSS: An Update from the Last Year Tina Coleman, DISA (Ozone Widget Framework) Video Slides
Thinking Beyond the Code Deb Bryant, Director, Open Source Initiative Video Slides