I recently attended the 9th Annual Open Source Think Tank. This was OSEHRA’s third year of participation, and it has been quite interesting to watch continued growth of the open source community across so many business areas.
A new Community Leadership track provided lessons on community management planning and strategy, highlighting the differences between horizontal and vertical communities. This year’s case study featured the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and open source’s potential role in fostering an inclusive ecosystem across a couple of health IT business ideas.
One of the trends that hit home is that with the growth of code under licensing, the larger corporations are increasingly beginning to understand the merits of permissive licensing, and the potential dangers of mixed licenses. This discussion validated our decision to accept only code certified under Apache 2.0.
One other positive note was that OSEHRA is becoming widely known within the open source community, and is being watched closely as a model for open source projects in vertical markets. I’m proud of our growing, vibrant community.
There were some discussions on the observation of IRS’s scrutiny granting tax-exempt status for open source foundation applications. Some have suggested that working with existing non-profits for new open source activities might be more cost effective and time efficient.
A handful of OSEHRA community members attended the Think Thank and I would like to hear your impressions. The Think Tank is a great place to benchmark our community with other peer communities. I came away reaffirmed the OSEHRA community has done well and is poised to successfully address the challenges ahead.
Please plan to join us at the Summit 2014 on September 3-5, where you’ll get insight into future initiatives from both OSEHRA and the Department of Veterans Affairs. You can register now here. We’ve also got some exciting announcements coming up, so stay tuned!
Seong K. Mun, Ph.D.
President and CEO