VERSO

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Open Source Program Office



VERSO PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) are an organizational innovation developed initially by companies in the tech sector as a way to institutionalize support for open source software projects of strategic relevance to the business’s interests, market, and workforce. The innovation has begun to be adopted by universities, with OSPOs being created as a useful formal mechanism for supporting open source software relevant to the research and teaching interests of faculty. University OSPOs offer training and support for faculty, students, and staff who want to grow local software efforts into healthy open source projects, aid faculty contribute to existing projects, document the value of open source work and facilitate relationships between researchers and other academic units like technology transfer, research computing, or the library

The VErmont ReSearch OSPO (VERSO) is an pilot project at the University of Vermont that will work over a two year period (2022-2023) to: 1.) build a new open source community via high-impact open source software projects as its nexus; 2.) document the growth and development of the VERSO community as it emerges; 3.) work alongside the UVM OCEAN research team to investigate research questions related to open source ecosystems; and 4.) build an organizational infrastructure and systems at UVM allowing VERSO to store, share, and facilitate the creation of open source software. Our goal is to carefully document the successes and struggles of VERSO so other universities can learn from our experience and adopt similar projects.

VERSO is generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant number: G-2021-16956. Funds from this grant support an ambitious set of activities at the University of Vermont developed by a group of people from three different parts of campus: the Library, the Complex Systems Center, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Led by Juniper Lovato and Bryn Geffert, in the Vermont Complex Systems Center and Library, respectively, the team will build relationships with university stakeholders to create infrastructure for centralizing open-source activity, engage the broader community around an initial set of open-source projects, conduct trainings and create educational materials, and use all of the above as a case study to conduct open source ecosystems research.


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HOW TO GET INVOLVED


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Track 1: Contributor

Work on a project! More details coming soon!

Track 2: Mentor

Help mentor a team of contributors! More info coming soon!

Track 3: Idea generator

Pitch an idea for a VERSO open source software project! More info coming soon!

Track 4: Partner

Community members looking to get involved! More info coming soon!



OPEN POSITIONS AND CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS


COMING SOON! Keep and eye on this page for incoming job openings!



VERSO Core Team

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Juniper Lovato
VERSO Principal Investigator, Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM


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James Bagrow - VERSO Senior Personnel, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Mathematics and Statistics, UVM


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Jason Powell VERSO Key Personnel, UVM Tech Transfer, UVM

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Bryn Geffert- VERSO Senior Personnel co-PI, Dean of Libraries, UVM



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Meredith Niles- VERSO Key Personnel, Vermont Complex Systems Center, Food Sciences, UVM



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Jonathan St-Onge, VERSO PhD Fellow, Vermont Complex Systems Center, UVM

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Laurent Hébert-Dufresne -VERSO Senior Personnel, Vermont Complex Systems Center, CS, UVM


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Corine Farewell- VERSO Key Personnel, UVM Tech Transfer, UVM








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VERSO is generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant number: G-2021-16956. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of our funding agencies.