The Foundations of Openness

TitleThe Foundations of Openness
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWaugh, P, Metcalfe, R

This project explores the notion of openness in software projects. It contextualizes different facets of openness and considers their individual and collective usefulness. It provides a tentative evaluative schema to allow others to weigh up specific criteria that may be important to them. It acknowledges that these criteria may have different weightings for different people, e.g. governance vs open standards vs code licence. The object is *not* a blanket recommendation for openness in all facets of a project. Rather it is a tool for projects, and those who use those projects, to investigate and illuminate the choices being made as well as the implication of open and closed approaches.

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