Open Apereo 2021 Videos: Open Source Program Offices in Higher Education

Open Apereo 2021's plenary session discussed Johns Hopkins University's launch of the first university-based open source programs office (OSPO) in the US. The OSPO is adapting practices from the corporate sector and the associated TODO group to the university context with the goal of treating open source software as a primary research object. Working with other units throughout the university, the OSPO is working toward an inventory of open source software, the development of practices and policies, and implementing a Free and Open Source (FOSS) Contributor Fund. The OSPO provides support for an Institute for Applied Open Source that is extending open source software into educational areas through semesters of code and broader community engagement and new forms of translation.

Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University.







To learn more about Apereo Foundation's role with OSPO++ Working Group read our recent Apereo Foundation Fast interview with Apereo's Interim Director, Patrick Mason.