[Linux-aus] Updated Community Code/LA proposal
mpalmer at hezmatt.org
Sun Mar 27 13:09:02 UTC 2005
[I said I'd have this to Anthony on Thursday, but I wanted to make sure I
wasn't going to annoy all of Community Code with the changes. Apologies for
This is the updated proposal for cooperation between Community Code and
Linux Australia. Hopefully it's suitably concrete that the LA committee can
make a decision on the matter.
Purpose of Community Code
Community Code exists for the purpose of encouraging participation in the
FLOSS community by as many people from as many different and varied
backgrounds and reasons as possible. In particular (though not exclusively):
* We wish to provide the necessary administrative framework in which people
are able to:
- satisfy their Mutual Obligation requirements contributing to FLOSS
projects and the FLOSS community; and
- obtain suitable references for FLOSS work to provide to
* Build a body of knowledge on ways and means to contribute to FLOSS
* Encourage anyone with an interest to contribute to FLOSS projects by
whatever means they are able to do so.
* Bob is studying an IT-related degree at University, but wants to
get a leg-up in his job seeking. He's heard a bit about Open Source
from his lecturers, but isn't entirely sure what it is or how great
it is. He finds out about Community Code and gets in touch with us
via the mailing list. After some brief discussions with a couple of
members, Alice offers to be Bob's "official" mentor, and they work
together getting Bob involved with creating free graphics and icons
for the GNOME project, under Alice's general supervision. Three
months after starting this work, Bob applies for a job at WidgetCo,
and Alice provides a written reference regarding Bob's work on the
GNOME art, and speaks with Bob's potential employer on the phone. As
a result of this, Bob gets the job, has had exposure to Open Source
and the benefits of this collaboration model, and continues to work
with GNOME over the next few years.
Scope of Activities
CommunityCode intends to carry out the following activities:
* Programming, documenting, and otherwise working with FLOSS projects by
means of the Internet;
* Meetings between mentors and participants, and between mentors.
At present, we are willing to limit our activities to 15 active Community
Code members (mentors and participants) at a time.
Requirements from Linux Australia
Community Code needs public liability insurance coverage of at least
$5,000,000, for up to 15 Mentors and Participants at any one time. To
qualify for Federal "Community Work" placements, under the Mutual Obligation
scheme, we also need to reference Linux Australia's status as a community
organisation. We also wish to have the oversight of Linux Australia to
ensure we're not making "newbie" mistakes.
Relationship between Linux Australia and Community Code
Linux Australia will delegate a sub-committee for the purposes of running
Community Code, chaired by Mary Gardiner. The members of the sub-committee
will initially be:
(This list is, basically, everyone who has contributed to the cc-talk
mailing list thus far). New members of the sub-committee will be added at
the discretion of the sub-committee chair. It is anticipated that most
discussions will take place on the cc-talk mailing list, where anyone is
free to contribute, however if a vote on an issue is required, votes will
only be accepted from current sub-committee members.
The sub-committee chair will report to the LA committee as required.
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