Open Source Workshop

Nurturing Open Source Communities

Published on: 31/10/2019
Last update: 13/11/2019

The Open Source Observatory (OSOR) and EU-FOSSA will organise a workshop “Nurturing Open Source Communities” on 14 November on key sustainability concerns of open source communities. The workshop aims to find practical solutions to tackle sustainability and funding issues in open source.


The workshop is a part of a two-day event “Open Source beyond 2020: Powering a Digital Europe” co-organised by two European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG), the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and DG Informatics to discuss challenges and opportunities of open source software and hardware in Europe. During the session on 14 November 2019 from 11.30 to 13.00, OSOR  and EU-FOSSA will invite the panellists and participants to discuss key sustainability concerns of open source communities and to come up together with practical proposals/solutions to solve sustainability issues and tackle the access to funding.

Many open source projects continue to struggle to sustain themselves. Remarkably, sustainability issues afflict not just small and medium-sized projects, but also some of the larger and well-known ones. The success of open source software initiatives is often related to the success of their communities. So what are the success factors leading to a sustainable community? What are the key challenges open source projects face? More importantly, what can and should be done about the sustainability and funding issue? The workshop aims to find answers to these questions, especially in the context of public sector open source communities.  

Dr Maha Shaikh, Senior Lecturer of Digital Innovation at King’s College, will kick-off the session with a short presentation based on her research. Thereafter, she will be joined by other open source experts and practitioners from the private and public sector (listed below), to first debate on how to identify and respond to sustainability issues and then, to discuss access to funding, taking into consideration key characteristics of open source communities and their independency. 

Chair: Emanuele Baldacci, Director of Digital Services, DG Informatics, European Commission.


More information

What: Workshop “Nurturing Open Source Communities”

When: 11.30-13.00 on 14 November 2019

Where: Avenue de Beaulieu 25, 1160 Brussels, Room 0/S1 (ground floor)

Registrations: open unit 6 November (places are limited)

For more information about the whole two-day event, please visit the Commission workshop’s website or send an email to