Organizing a Volunteer-Driven Open Source Community Project*
Panel: Organization, coordination, and implementation of a volunteer community open source project: http://rosecityresource.org (by PDX Drupal UG)
This panel will describe the process of one local group’s community project from inception to completion, and the panelists will be able to answer questions and speak to considerations that the audience might have regarding organizing a community project of their own.
Panel members will be myself, as organizer/project manager; Melissa Anderson of Incite Development, as technical lead/Drupal manger; Molly Vogt of the City of Gresham (my Americorps supervisor) who did a lot of political organizing and set up the structure that made this possible; Joaquin Lippencott of Metal Toad Media, who donated theming and recruited a design team that took the project to the next level; and Israel Bayer, of Street Roots Newspaper, who the project was for.
We will discuss the development of the http://rosecityresource.org website, the first volunteer community project of the Portland Drupal User Group, which I organized as my capstone Americorps project.
What began as an effort to map resources for the area turned into a massive volunteer undertaking to provide a tool for a local nonprofit to better manage and publish their data.
We will talk about how the project came to be, the considerations that were made, and the recruitment and the pulling together of local resources and volunteers that enabled this project to happen, and include perspectives from the people and groups involved. We’ll also offer suggestions to identify and build community projects for any local user group.
This panel will include the individuals involved in various aspects of the project and will provide a well-rounded array of information from all perspectives of implementing such a project, from technical, outreach/promotion, client, and developer perspectives.
Note: This site just launched on March 28th, 2009! You will now be able to see it by going to http://rosecityresource.org.
You can also check out our project/development page at http://groups.drupal.org/node/17216
Incite Development LLC
Director of Street Roots, Portland Oregon’s street newspaper. Vice-Chairperson of North American Street Newspaper Association.
Street Roots worked in partnership and was the beneficiary of the first volunteer project of the PDX Drupal User Group. The Drupal group and Street Roots created – http://www.rosecityresource.org/
Incite Development, Americorps, PDX Drupal UG, PDX OSGIS UG
In the years between studying GIS and learning Drupal, I worked with homeless adults as a mental health street outreach worker at the Downtown Emergency Service Center in Seattle, WA. I witnessed the empowerment and freedom that open source technology can provide to nonprofits and humanitarian efforts via DESC’s entirely OS IT infrastructure and homegrown system, CHASERS. I want to learn as much as I can to be an ansible between the development and application of open source tools to serve the community.
In April 2009 I finished an Americorps voluntary national service term with the City of Gresham Maps and Data Service Program, where I had the opportunity to coordinate the development of the Rose City Resource website as my capstone Americorps project in concert with the PDX Drupal User Group, which I am a proud, yet only an egg, member of.
I’m also a co-founder of the newly hatched Portland Open Source Geospatial User Group. Map geeks unite!
I like learning, coffee, traveling, the sun, good riddims, social justice, maps, scifi, community, hammocks, the Horde, and open source technology for good. So say we all.
Metal Toad Media
The President and founder of Metal Toad Media, Joaquin is an internet veteran. Throughout his career he has built successful digital strategies with a wide assortment of technologies and platforms. Whether a project calls for Drupal, Wordpress, Magento, mobile, video, social media – or all of the above – Joaquin excels at helping clients identify a clear path for success.
Over the years he has worked with industry leaders such as Verizon Wireless, Limewire, the Linux Foundation, Sony Picture Television, 76 Lubricants, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, American Suzuki Motors as well as numerous small businesses and internet start ups. With over 12 years of experience in his field he is still as passionate about the internet as ever.
Joaquin is a graduate from UCLA with a degree in design and also is an active participant in AIGA. He is currently serving the AIGA Portland chapter as the President.
City of Gresham
Molly Vogt is the Maps & Data Services Manager at the City of Gresham, where she has worked since 2002. Her career has focused on developing GIS data, analyses, and applications that serve the public interest. In the late ’90s, she worked in web development while studying GIS, and had only mixed success integrating the two. She looks around now with awe and excitement at the web-based mapping applications people are building.
Molly has previously worked for Oregon Health & Science University, Jackson County GIS, Washington State Department of Ecology, EVS Environmental Consultants, University of Washington, Carolina Population Center, National Geographic Society, and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).
She is a native Oregonian, mother of two toddlers, and avid fan of Gail Collins.