Funding at Scale
OSC would like to better understand the mechanics involved in funding open source at scale.
Transparent and open finances.
Neither do we see anyone committing significant funds into researching funding open source at scale. We see research like this as a necessary precursor to organisations like the Sovereign Tech Fund and CISA recommending that governments invest not millions but billions into the support of open source and open source maintainers.
OSC is willing to fund exploratory work that will
- Develop a costed proposal for funding opportunities like the Digital Infrastructure Fund
- Develop and document a set of considerations when selecting projects to support and financial goals for those projects i.e. ‘full time employment for a FTE maintainer’ over ‘core operational costs and infrastructure support’
- Develop and test, at scale a set of algorithms and approaches to distribute significant funds across a networked graph of open source software and their interdependent projects, to achieve these goals
OSC is willing to provide access and support to data from Ecosyste.ms to facilitate this work.
We would like to receive a proposal, with a plan to deliver a proposal, with some interim results by mid-August 2023.
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