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1 1  This space is being used to develop a response to the Ford Foundation's, "[[Digital Infrastructure Research RFP>>url:https://ford-foundation-6.forms.fm/digital-infrastructure-research-rfp/forms/4770]]".
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5 5  = **Problem Being Addressed (summary & interpretation of Roads & Bridges report - not a element in the Concept Notes template):** =
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7 7  Much of the digital infrastructure on which commerce depends has been generated and is maintained through Open Source Software (OSS) projects and open communities. Open Source Software tends to be initiated, created, and maintained through social modes of production, rather than traditional capitalist modes of production in which the creator makes proprietary claims of ownership to maximize profits. Instead, the project freely distributes code and other resources under open licenses with the hope of maximizing social value through use not restricted by proprietary intellectual property claims. The process of social modes of production has generated significant innovation and in-turn has lowered the barriers for cycles of creativity and innovation through the development of //gratis// and //libre// digital infrastructure including frameworks, languages, standards, applications, development tools, etc. These intellectual assets have been used extensively by for-profit and public organizations as critical elements of their value chain and operations. Social modes of production frequently struggle to resource continuing maintenance of digital infrastructure products and services as the demand for their software product increases without corresponding levels of resources to supply maintenance and development. This problem is endemic to the mixing of production models, as traditional for-profit companies and corporatized public agencies prioritize maximization of profit, there is the tendency toward free-riding on OSS to increase profit margins and pass the additional revenues on to equity holders. It is in part the financial Free-Riding effect of start-ups, venture capitalists, and for-profit companies that has put the sustainability of OSS digital infrastructure at risk and along with it, the well being of the organizations that rely on it. The conundrum facing OSS communities and the users of OSS digital infrastructure is how to preserve and nurture the benefits of social modes of production, while also ensuring that corporate free-riding is reduced to a level that allows for product sustainability and growth.
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14 14  = **Narrative Questions (from Concept Notes template)** =
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16 16  == What is your research question? (100) (final draft) ==
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32 32  == What research method(s) will you use to answer this question? (200) (final draft) ==
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35 -The research design will employ mixed methodologies including literature and artifact reviews, surveys, environmental studies, and interviews supplemented by historiographical analysis of specific projects and corporate users. The intent is to use iterative triangulation to derive variables that describe “business readiness” that could be integrated into a maturity-indexing assessment tool to inform decision-makers when considering open source participation. The investigation will include:
28 +The research design will employ mixed methodologies including literature and artifact reviews, surveys, environmental studies, and interviews supplemented by historiographical analysis of specific projects and corporate users. The intent is to use iterative triangulation to derive variables that describe “business readiness” to be integrated into a maturity-indexing assessment tool. The tool will be openly reviewed for comment and improvement. The investigation will include:
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37 37  * Literature review of expert and popular sources to identify business and management expectations of a range of stakeholders when assessing OSS infrastructure relative to business needs.
38 38  * {{id name="ID0"/}}Analysis of standard industry documentation—RFP/RFI’s, VC prospectuses, etc.—to identify expectations considered by decision-makers, investors, and end-users when assessing OSS infrastructure relative to business needs.
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43 43  * Interviews with OSS maintainers to identify best practices.
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46 -== What data or other resources will you use to answer this question? (200) (needs PM edits) ==
39 +== What data or other resources will you use to answer this question? (200) (Final Draft) ==
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49 49  The proposed project’s research design depends heavily on data gathering from public sources such as published reports, which will be triangulated with data gathered through public and private sources such as RFPs and RFIs used in digital infrastructure procurement processes, and formal surveys and interviews of business decision makers and OSS project community members including maintainers. Although access to the publicly available resources can be accessed through public and academic libraries and archives, the access to privately held data and the calendars of business decision makers and OSS community members will require professional networks and relationships.
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54 54  * Operational practices (OSS projects and adopting entities): community & communications, roles & governance, development life-cycle, technical infrastructure, business methods & models, etc.
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61 61  == What is your vision of success? (200) (final draft) ==
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63 -Success is achieved with the delivery of empirically derived characteristics and metrics, which can provide investors and adopters a framework for understanding authentic behaviors, and assessing alignment, across OSS digital infrastructure projects and communities. Further, the same dataset should simultaneously help OSS maintainers reflect and improve authenticity to better position ("make ready") their projects for investment, adoption, and sustainability. The research conducted, and artifacts generated, can serve to improve engagement across communities, while reducing risk and improving outcomes for both adopters and maintainers.
52 +Success is achieved with the delivery of a research-based, community-reviewed, toolset that provides investors and adopters frameworks for understanding authentic behaviors, and assessing alignment, across OSS digital infrastructure projects and communities. Further, the same toolset should simultaneously help OSS maintainers reflect and improve authenticity to better position ("make ready") their projects for investment, adoption, and sustainability. The research conducted, and artifacts generated, will result in more robust, sustainable, useful software, and inform adopter expectations.
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65 65  Audience:
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67 -* Adopters and maintainers of OSS projects.
68 -* Investors, consultants, and policymakers assessing OSS.
56 +* Adoption decision-makers of OSS digital infrastructure.
57 +* Maintainers, leaders, and governors of OSS project communities.
58 +* Consultants and policy makers.
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70 70  Impact:
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72 72  * Improved understanding of open production models and how to estimate the “business readiness” of a project and community.
73 -* Better and more informed decision-making on the part of potential adopters and existing maintainers.
63 +* Better and more informed decision-making on the part of potential adopters.
74 74  * Enhanced willingness by adopters to appropriately invest in the OSS project and community to reduce business risk.
75 -* Improved OSS project business readiness and continuous improvement among open source communities of practice.
65 +* Improved OSS project business readiness and continuous improvement through use of the OpenBRR Maturity Index tool.
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77 77  Needs of marginalized and under-represented communities:
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79 -* Ensure that the data and report is available in accessible formats and licenses, with a commitment to libre and gratis distribution.
80 -* Ensure research collection and subjects recognize and represent community diversity.
69 +* Ensure that the tool and report is available in accessible formats and licenses, with a commitment to libre and gratis distribution.
70 +* Ensure that the OpenBRR methodology and tools recognize community diversity.
81 81  * Multi-language presentation.
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83 -//Guiding questions: Who is the audience for this work? What do you hope the near and long-term impacts of this work are on the digital infrastructure field? How will this work address the needs marginalized and under-represented communities?//
73 +== Tell us more about the project team and collaborators. (200) (Final Draft) ==
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75 +The Open Source Initiative (OSI): Global non-profit, promoting and protecting OSS, development and communities; championing software freedom through education, collaboration, and infrastructure; certifying OSS licenses through stewardship of the Open Source Definition, and; preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the OSS movement. As the founders of the OSS movement, the OSI is internationally recognized as the authority in issues related to licensing, community, policy and practice.
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77 +Red Hat Open Source & Standards (OSAS): Seated within Red Hat, OSAS is dedicated to ensuring success among upstream communities that influence Red Hat's products through direct participation in OSS infrastructure, supporting community events that help promote projects, and education, ensuring adoption and sustainability.
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91 -== Tell us more about the project team and collaborators. (200) (needs PM edits) ==
79 +Ken Udas, PhD: Principal investigator. Dr. Udas has led a number of OSS infrastructure adoption processes and overseen externally funded research and service projects.
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81 +InduShobha Chengalur-Smith, PhD: Associate Professor at University at Albany. Research interests include, and refereed publications on, virtual communities, OSS and technology adoption and Implementation.
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83 +Diversity
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110 -Dr. Udas will potentially serve a principal investigator for the project. Ken has led a number of OSS digital infrastructure adoption processes and has overseen externally funded research and service projects.
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115 -RPI?
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120 -We recognize that communities are strengthened through diversity in thought, experience, and demographics. We are committed to consider the role of diversity in OSS communities and sustainability within the context of OpenBRR and throughout the execution of the project.
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124 -//Guiding questions: Who will be working on this project? Who might you collaborate with, formal or informal? How does your team think about diversity with respect to this project and this problem space?//
85 +We recognize that communities are strengthened through diversity in thought, experience, and demographics. We are committed to consider the role of diversity in OSS communities and sustainability within the context of the research and the execution of the project.

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