September 27-30, 2021
Seattle, Washington, USA + Virtual
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Monday, September 27 • 5:15pm - 5:40pm
(IN-PERSON) Open@RIT, Creation of a University OSPO and the First Year's Lessons Learned - Stephen Jacobs, Rochester Institute of Technology

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In November of 2019, Professor Stephen Jacobs, who'd been teaching courses, running student groups and finding/creating FOSS internships with NGOs, wrote a white paper on the creation of an OSPO for the Rochester Institute of Technology. The University administration then charged him with arranging and holding a university-wide meeting to gauge faculty and staff interest in the creation of such an office. He received 50 positive responses from 37 different units across campus. The OSPO opened five months later. Open@RIT has led the creation of FOSS policies and procedures for RIT, released guidelines for assessing the impact of Open Work (Software, Hardware, Data, Science, etc), and created and run the Open@RIT Fellows program. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the program opens a call for proposals for the support of Open Work. Fellows whose proposals are accepted get access to a team of staff and student interns to help them release their projects as Open and/or work to build a stronger community around the projects. This presentation will share the case that was built to create the OSPO, the policies and programs it's been able to put into place, what's unique about the academic environment, what's worked, what hasn't and what's next.

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Stephen Jacobs

Director of Open@RIT, Rochester Institute of Technology
Stephen designed and built exhibits for the Capital Children’s Museum in the 1970s, ran the AmiEXPO trade shows for the Commodore Amiga in the 1980s, and began teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1990s. Today, he serves as Director of Open@RIT, a Key Research Center... Read More →

Monday September 27, 2021 5:15pm - 5:40pm PDT
Room 401
  OSPOCon, Creation & Best Practices of OSPOs
  • Experience Level Any
  • Talk Type In-person
  • Presentation Slides Attached Yes