Opencast Deep Dive — Wow

October 19, 2008

I just came off two days of the Opencast deep dive. Prior to the Deep Dive, we had 3 days of pre-deep dive (really!). It was the central developers working together to define a proposal for the roadmap and architecture (now code-named Matterhorn).

The deep dive was an intense two days with around seventeen universities/organizations attending. The minutes, videos, and action items will be posted on the Opencast site next week.

Some random thoughts:

  • Building an open source community is an evolution
  • Bringing people along, building consensus, breaking through assumptions takes time
  • People feel better with concrete things to react to, but too much detail is inhibiting
  • The people and institutions involved in Opencast are incredibly diverse and multi-cultural, we have to be careful to ensure we understand eachother. Check and double check.
  • Building community around doing real concrete work is always best (see some of the good stuff going on in the Sakai Pedagogy group, for example)
  • There is a lot of great knowledge out there, the work is figuring out how to leverage it and extend it to new contexts

Generally, I am feeling really hopeful in regards to the ability of this community (growing rapidly) to be able to deliver on a common infrastructure and project. If you are at all interested in the idea of an enterprise podcast system, I encourage you to join the opencast forums and email lists. Lots of good stuff going on.

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