Current Talks as of 2013-06-15

Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A.
Professor of Open Source Software, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

This is a list of general-interest talks I currently have available; feel free to contact me if you’d like me to come and address any of these topics. Please see presentations/current-talks for some vidoes. In addition, there are always the research talks, see publications.

Table of Contents

  1. Sustainable Open Source
  2. Single-Vendor Commercial Open Source
  3. Open Source User Foundations
  4. The Open Source Developer Career
  5. Inner Source in Product Line Engineering
  6. Best of Our Empirical Open Source Research
  7. Open Source in Universitätsprojekten

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Upcoming Talk: Best of Our Empirical Open Source Work

I’m at SOFSEM 2013, where I’ll present my current stock research talk: “Best of Our Empirical Open Source Work.” It is an invited talk. I’ve given it a few times now and expect to do many more during the course of 2013. Here is the abstract of this “best-of” talk:

Open source software is publicly developed software. Thus, for the first time, we can broadly analyse in data-driven detail how people program, how bugs come about, and how we could improve our tools. In this talk, I’ll review six years of our open source empirical (data) research and highlight the most interesting insights, including how different (or not) open source is from closed source programming.

Let me know if you are interested!

The Business of Open Models

I’m at beautiful Schloss Dagstuhl once again this week, for a seminar on “Open Models as a Foundation of Future Enterprise Systems”. I was asked to spin some thoughts on what the Open Models Initiative could learn from open source. The result is a short but sweet presentation on “the business of open models”. My maybe obvious statement is that for open models to be sustainable, they’ll need a business model. My suggestion is to create developer foundations like Apache or Eclipse for this. The slides are available as a PDF and through Slideshare, see below:

Upcoming Talk: The Open Source Volunteering Process

Title The Open Source Volunteering Process
Abstract Open source projects critically depend on bringing new project members on board speedily and effectively. In this talk, I’ll describe the open source volunteering and on-boarding process. I’ll discuss the roles people play and the practices they follow, and I’ll illustrate how this process works by showing the open source software development tools that support it.
Speaker Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Date 14.07.11, 18:30(-20:00)
Location Cogneon GmbH, Henkestr. 91, Erlangen
More GfWM Website Announcement (in German)

New Talk: How and Why IT User Companies Sponsor Open Source

New talk! For German, see below. Other stock talks here. If you are interested in this talk, feel free to contact me.

Topics Open source, IT user company, open source foundation, sponsored open source
Audience CIO, CFO, product manager, project manager
Format 45min talk, 60min talk
Level Intermediate

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More Upcoming Talks: Open Source Research

I’ll be presenting the Open Source Research talk repeatedly over the next few months. The next three instances are in China, specifically:

  • Tsinghua University on March 17th, 2011
  • Peking University on March 18th, 2011
  • University of Macau on April 1st, 2011

After that it’s back to Germany.

Upcoming Talk, Tsinghua University: Open Source Research

报告题目 Open Source Research
报告人 Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, University of Erlangen, Germany
时间 2011年03月17日(周一) 10:00am-noon
地点 FIT大楼 4-302

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Upcoming Talk: Steering and Control Mechanisms in Open Source Software Projects (in German)

Next week, on Nov 11, 2011, I’ll give the keynote talk (in German) at the annual Lisog gathering. Lisog is a non-profit organization working to create a sustainable co-existence of open and closed source software.

Title: Steering and Control Mechanisms in Open Source Software Projects

Abstract: Open source has become commercial. With commercial interests, it has become important to understand how for-profit entities steer or control projects in support of their business model. First, this talk describes the main points of control in open source software projects. Next, it describes patterns of combining and utilizing these points of control for the economic benefit of those who control them. This talk will distinguish the use of control points by single-vendor-owned vs. community open source as well as traditionally delivered vs. cloud computing business models.

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Open Source Business Research at OWF 2010

Update, 2010-11-05: If you like this blog post, you might also like my artikel on the single-vendor commercial open source business model.

This afternoon, I’ll be presenting my thoughts on the current state of open source business research and future directions at the OpenWorldForum 2010 in Paris. I have summarized these thoughts in this blog entry, and they are aligned with the presentation I’ll be giving. I should add that business research here means academic business strategy and economics research, to the extent that a computer scientist can relate to it, and that most of my research is actually still traditional software engineering research.

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Upcoming Talk (in German) July 2nd, 2010: Open Source: Was es ist, wie es funktioniert, warum es nachhaltig ist

Speaker: Dirk Riehle

Abstract: Open Source bezeichnet nicht nur eine Kategorie von Software, sondern auch einen Ansatz der Softwareentwicklung, welcher sich von plan-getriebenen und agilen Methoden der Softwareentwicklung unterscheidet. Zunehmend betrachtet die Softwareindustrie zudem Open Source als Geschäftsmodell. Dieser Vortrag erläutert an zum Teil überraschenden Beispielen, wie die Open-Source-Softwareentwicklung funktioniert und wie sie sich von traditionellen Methoden der Softwareentwicklung unterscheidet. Über die konkreten Fragen der Softwaretechnik hinaus zeigt der Vortrag dann anhand von Geschäftsmodellen auf, warum Open Source wirtschaftlich nachhaltig ist.

Location: University of Dortmund, 13. Tag der Informatik, 2010-07-02, 14:30 Uhr, Invited Lecture.