Open Source Accountability Goals: Set and Publish a Goal For Open Source Contribution Relative To Value Capture


At the Sustain summit in Brussels earlier this year there were two sessions that worked to define what it looked like for a company to be a good member of the open source community NOTES

The discussion led to the idea of defining a set of Open Source Accountability Goals. By defining a set of goals, companies could then set targets and work toward improvement and progress.

Proposed Open Source Accountability Goals

  1. Set and publish a goal for open source contribution relative to value capture.
  2. Adhere to the principles of authentic participation (cf. this working group)
  3. Publish documentation of open source policies, processes, and project governance (cf. this working group)
  4. Have a well defined reporting process that is publicly available

This working group will meet to refine the first goal, Set and publish a goal for open source contribution relative to value capture.

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, December 1st at 11:00am PST with the goal of setting a cadence for future meetings and scoping the problem.

One thing I expect the working group to spend considerable time on is the definition of frameworks that can be used to decide how much value open source is providing to your organization. I recognize that this is a complex problem, and I don’t expect the working group to provide prescriptive methods. Rather, I expect us to collect and refine existing approaches to the problem, and propose prospective models that might be helpful to explore.

To prevent Zoombombing, the link will not be posted publicly, but anyone is welcome to join. If you would like to be added to the invite list, please email me: - I will add you to the calendar invite.

The working group will post an update to this thread after each meeting.


Hey @DuaneOBrien, I’m excited to see this work pick back up! :raised_hands:

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  1. Dedicated WG sub-category: Build better presence and visibility for a WG.
    • Bottom-liners can write an introduction to the WG and frame discussion topics.
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    • Works for posts by email or posting via web forum.
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If either or both of these would be helpful, let me know and I can take care of the plumbing. :+1:

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Thanks for the heads up on these. I think let’s see where this WG goes before we re-plumb things, but I do think this particular topic is too big to be covered using only a thread.

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Hi @DuaneOBrien,

Can you please confirm that the time is indeed 11:00 PM PST?

I will be asleep then but would be happy to join if the session was 12 hours earlier.

Best, Georg

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Nice catch, thanks @GeorgLink - That should be 11:00AM (updated)

@GeorgLink shoot me an email and I’ll add you to the invite!

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The second meeting is starting in 15 minutes! Ping @DuaneOBrien for an invite.

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