The Koha project started in a small town in New Zealand and now is used by over 10,000 libraries worldwide. How did we grow the project to this state? What lessons have I learned along the way?
Suprisingly something I have come to learn was that I already knew a good framework for building and sustaining a healthy community. It's something my ancestors had figured out hundreds of years ago.
In this talk I will be discussing the similarities between a functioning and health FOSS project and traditional whānau and hapu communities. Hopefully providing some insight and some useful tools for others.
Christopher Cormack has a BSc in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics and Māori Studies. While working for Katipo Communications he was the lead developer of the original version of Koha, which went live at Horowhenua Library Trust on January 5, 2000. Since then he has served various roles in the community: release manager, QA manager and Translation manager. He is the elected release maintainer for 3.20.x. Christopher currently works for Catalyst IT in Wellington, NZ. Christopher believes in Free Software and allowing users the freedom to innovate.
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