This session is facilitated by Justin Flory, Mike Nolan
About this session
First, attendees learn about the LibreCorps framework developed for UNICEF’s Innovation Fund portfolio organizations. This framework helps organizations understand best practices and behaviors for building healthy open source communities and participating in the wider ecosystems around their project.
Next, we will look at an example open source project and apply our evaluatory framework to it. Starting with an example project demonstrates the nuances and details of how the framework is intended to be used.
Finally, attendees break out into small groups and either pick an open source project of their own choice or from a pool of suggested projects. Each small group is tasked with “grading” the open source project based on the framework and learning to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
Audience members will walk away knowing what next steps look like to improve their open source projects using the strategy developed during the session.
Goals of this session
Introduce the crowd to an evaluative framework for free/open source software projects. At the end of the session, attendees should have a new tool for evaluating open source projects on an intersectional basis (i.e. not only about the code). This framework was created during our time working with international, humanitarian organizations funded by UNICEF.