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Wednesday, November 3 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Corporate Engagement with Open Source Communities: Research Findings - Brian Proffitt, Red Hat & Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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In 2021, Red Hat's Open Source Program Office asked researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska Omaha to conduct a study seeking to understand the interaction between an open source community and corporations and consider what characteristics foster a relationship. The findings from the study confirm well-known and established reasons for engaging with open source communities such as leveraged development and upstreaming contributions. However, the findings from the study also reveal new reasons for engaging with open source communities for reasons of strategic influence and community development. The findings will include insights such as: * The community part of communities is so important to organizations, they will work to create a community if one does not exist. * Centering DEI in community work is a big driver towards project participation. In this presentation, Matt Germonprez of the University of Nebraska Omaha and Brian Proffitt of Red Hat's OSPO will publicly present and discuss the results of this study for the first time. The presentation will encourage discussion and reaction from all.

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Brian Proffitt

Manager, OSPO Community Insights, Red Hat
Brian Proffitt is the Manager of the Community Insights team within Red Hat's Open Source Program Office, focusing on content generation, community metrics, and special projects. Brian's experience with community management includes knowledge of community onboarding, community health... Read More →
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Matt Germonprez

Professor of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, University of Nebraska Omaha
Matt Germonprez is the Mutual of Omaha Distinguished Chair of Information Science & Technology and Professor of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis in the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He uses qualitative field-studies to... Read More →

Wednesday November 3, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT
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