Open Source & the 21

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Open Source & the 21

Century Land Grant University

“Exploring Open Source Collaborations”

2008 ACM Management Symposium

April 7, 2008

Curt Pederson

Vice Provost for Information Services and CIO, Oregon
State University & Oregon University System


Open Source Software

According to Wikipedia, it is computer software
that is available with its source code under an
source license that allows it to be studied,
changed and improved in its design.

In 1998 “free software” was relabeled “open
source” which resulted in it becoming more
mainstream in the corporate world.

Information Services @ OSU

We provide IT services to Oregon State University
(OSU) and the Oregon University System (OUS)

In addition to central campus IT services @ OSU,
we provide Banner ERP services to four regional
universities and support to the Chancellor’s office

CIO reports to the OSU Provost and is also
accountable to the OSU President and the OUS

Our commitment to Open Source starts with
enlightened leadership

“Our commitment to the
development and application of
Open Source is consistent with
our drive to be the land grant
university of the 21

Through open source activities
we are helping under
populations around the world
and creating new industries and
new products at home.”

Ed Ray, OSU President

Cover of President’s Annual
Report One Laptop Per Child

Making an Impact on Children
Around the World

“I like to point to the success of our students as one of
OSU’s most important contributions to the future.”

Growing Visibility and
Acceptance of Open Source

One of the ten forces that flattened the
(Thomas Friedman

OSU helped start an Open Source “software
tsunami” in Oregon

Growing global “open eco

Like Minded Community + Collaboration +
Open Source =

Open Source Past

Caffeinated hackers developing software,
on shoestring budgets, and hosted on
questionable infrastructure

Question, can we help create sustainable
hosting infrastructure for “free” software?

What would a new business model look

Open Source Today

Open Source still produced by many of the
world’s best “caffeinated” minds

Most Open Source software now holds up
well against commercial alternatives

Proprietary desktop software can double
the cost of your purchase

Provides affordable alternatives and
innovation to emerging economies

Oregon’s Open Source


Governor & Legislature “get it”

Linus Torvalds lives here

OSU’s Open Source Lab

Open Technology Business Center

Intel’s Open Source Center

IBM’s Linux Technology Center

Oregon’s Open Source Cluster
Creates Economic Value

Established companies like Google now
have major presence in Oregon

New Open Source based startups emerging
(JanRain, Jive, Collaborative Software Initiative)

Significant opportunities emerging for
government and health care applications

Oregon Is Home to Two World
Class Conferences

O’Reilly Open Source Conference

Government Open Source Conference

Our “open” culture differentiates us from
the neighboring states of WA & OR

Internal ROI @ OSU

Provided $500,000 in OSL start
up (E&G)

ROI of 400% to OSU in 18 months

Nutch vs. Google Search Appliance

Drupal CMS vs. Commercial Software

We rely on gifts/grants/contracts in
support of the open source community

Gifts: Google, RealNetworks, IBM, HP

The Birth of an

Open Source Lab

Five years ago we started the OSL@OSU


Housed at Oregon State University in
Corvallis, Oregon

Interest in open source, excess bandwidth
and extra data center space

We hosted one project and started getting
calls from other struggling projects

Open Source Lab Today

We host, develop and distribute open
source software
(>1 mm daily downloads)

20 staff: 8 full
time & 12 CS students

We provide platform stability for many of
the largest community based Open Source
applications in the world

Host over 50 projects & 140 servers
(Apache, OLPC, Linux, Drupal, Open Office)

Looking Into The OSL



“Joy” to the open source community

Educational and research opportunities

Ability to attract students, companies and
highly skilled “knowledge workers”

We provide value to government,
education and non
profit sectors

The Holy Grail

Linus Torvald’s “master Linux kernel”
( moved to the OSL in 2005

Flown on chartered plane to Corvallis
Airport and installed in the lab

It was a day like no other and none since

We had finally arrived

600 Megabits of Free

600 megs of donated bandwidth

5 yrs

TDS Telecommunications donated 300
mbs to Atlanta and Chicago

Worth at least $2 million

If download not allowed on our iN2 circuit,
we use TDS circuits

In Support of Teaching

Research & Outreach?

Outreach was easy, but…

We were challenged to connect the OSL to
the academic mission

We encouraged our student employees to
push OS computer science curriculum


of a LUG

OSL student employees started a Linux
Users Group (LUG)

Student outreach and technical instruction

Student driven group of around 40


Interest In Open Source Extends
Well Beyond Our


How Did Our Students Celebrate

Releases of Firefox?

Birth of the Open Source
Education Lab (OSEL)

up funded by student tech fees

Exists to bring faculty & students into the
Open Source world

Over a dozen classes in two colleges now
incorporating Open Source curriculum


How Did We Create Value
From Open Source?

Visiting Microsoft Senior Vice Pres:

free and perfect software

why didn’t Bill Gates
think of that?”

We needed a new funding model and
(Rackathon, sponsorship, gifts)

OSL relies 100% on outside grants, gifts
and contracts

What Is Next?

Expand number of projects supported

Explore the creation of a virtual K
Open Source academy

Expand and improve our government open
source conference


Major health care opportunity


Open Health Tools

Open Health Tools (OHT)

Collaborative of standards organizations,
academia, National health systems, open
source community, vendors, and IT

Build open source software frameworks for
interoperable healthcare systems

Allow patients and providers to have
information access anywhere/anytime

A Health Interoperability

Platform that provides interoperability with
standard open interfaces and a set of
reusable software component that can be
assembled into systems and products

All software must be interoperable/free

Goal to foster mass adoption by the
healthcare industry

OHT Partners

National E
Health Authority


Canada Health Infoway

National Health Service


Indian Health Service


Veterans Health Administration


14 Vendors (IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, Eclipse)

4 Medical Standards Organizations

Academia/Research: National Cancer Institute
and Oregon State University


Benefits of OHT

Available to any hospital, company or
individual whether a member or not

Will help contain rapid growth & costs

Potential to save lives & improve quality
and safety of care to across the globe

Potential savings of $77.8 billion dollars in
the U.S. alone from exchange and
interoperability of healthcare information

Benefits of OHT to OSU/OSL

Great opportunity for OSU & the OSL

First academic partner ask to join

Opportunity for hosting, university
research, scholarship and more

Another opportunity for our students to
help “change the world”

More friends who can support the OSL


With modest seed funding, we leveraged open
source to create new opportunities & resources

Through the OSL we have helped create a world
that is more open, flat, and collaborative

We have supported open models for other
disciplines beyond software (i.e.: Democracy