Open seminar with the LIM-IT project

Welcome to an open seminar featuring presentations by Mirko Boehm with titles "The emergence of governance norms in volunteer driven open source communities" and "Patent Portfolios and Open Source - The Open Invention Network".

Date: Thursday 9 November 2017 (09:15-12:00)
Venue: E108 (in the E-building, ground floor), University of Skövde
Registration: The number of seats is limited. Registration in advance is required. Please register for this event by sending an email with subject "Open Seminar" containing your name and affiliation to this email address by latest 6 November.

09:15-10:00: Walk-in networking and LIM-IT exhibition (informal networking and gathering)

10:00-10:10: Welcome and introduction to the LIM-IT project (Björn Lundell)

10:10-11:30: Presentation 1 by Mirko Boehm: "The emergence of governance norms in volunteer driven open source communities" [slides]

11:30-12:00: Presentation 2 by Mirko Boehm: "Patent Portfolios and Open Source - The Open Invention Network"

Abstract for presentation 1 by Mirko Boehm:
Free and open source software communities develop their governance norms and practices as they grow from small to medium to large size social groups. Communities with a small number of participants typically organise informally. As the community grows, the need for coordination grows as well and at some point more pronounced organisation becomes necessary. The growth stages are defined by the coordination mechanisms applied - ad-hoc coordination for the initial small group, consensus focused auto-organisation for the medium size group, and structured, more formalised coordination for the large size group. The main interest of the communities is to attract and retain contributors and to facilitate contributions to their products. The communities studied in this qualitative embedded multiple-case study exhibit governance related debates and conflicts as they reached a large size, leading to  difficulties in further growing the number of involved contributors and sustaining the community activities. The presentation illustrates the emergence of governance norms in these communities and the role of these norms, once established, in community management in their current stage.

Abstract for presentation 2 by Mirko Boehm:
Collaboration between businesses and Open Source communities has become the norm. Businesses need strategies to manage existing patent portfolios that are applicable to both the collaborative and the competitive zone. The Open Invention Network is a shared defensive patent pool with the mission to protect Linux. Launched in 2005, OIN has strong industry support with backing from Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony, SUSE, and Toyota. In current innovative focus areas like network function virtualisation, the internet of things, automotive or the blockchain industry, the collaborative development of non-differentiating core technologies is now the predominant modus of operation. The presentation elaborates on the economic model and the conceptual understanding behind the Open Invention Network, and how it helps patent holding businesses participate in collaborative research and development environments.

Mirko Boehm is a Free Software and Open Source advocate, primarily as a speaker and author. He has been a contributor to the KDE Desktop since 1997, including several years on the KDE e.V. Board. He is a visiting lecturer and researcher on Free Software and Open Source at the Technical University of Berlin, a fellowship representative in the FSFE general assembly and a Qt-certified specialist and trainer. Mirko Boehm has a wide range of  experience as an entrepreneur, a corporate manager, a software developer and a German Air Force officer.

The Open Invention Network protects the Open Source ecosystem by acquiring patents and licensing them royalty free to all participants. As director for the linux system definition, Mirko Boehm is responsible for the technical scope that defines the field of use of the patent non-aggression agreements.

As founder and CEO of Endocode, an employee-owned, shareholder company based in Berlin, Germany providing professional IT services with a focus on Open Source technologies, Mirko Boehm specialises in consulting to and mentoring startups and medium to large businesses. His areas of expertise include complex software development endeavours, the use of Open Source products and methods in organisations, and technology related issues of business strategy and intellectual property.

He lives with his wife and two kids in Berlin.

Björn Lundell (bjorn.lundell [at], University of Skövde

Further information about the LIM-IT project can be found here.

                    Mirko Boehm