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The Vision

The Oregon State University Open Source Lab is a global, world-class facility and data center for Open Source Software (OSS) knowledge, hosting, infrastructure, development, and collaboration. The Open Source Lab fosters the development of unique OSS products, as well as directly assists in the development, implementation, and use of targeted OSS solutions for use in education, research, government, and business. By working closely with the OSU community, other universities, governments, and private sector business, the OSU Open Source Lab is quickly becoming a critical worldwide center for services related to Open Source software.

The Mission

The core mission of the OSU Open Source Lab can be summed up with the following:

  • Create an atmosphere of innovation for students, faculty and staff by providing an open, diverse environment for development and collaboration.
  • Provide unique learning opportunities for graduates wanting to learn the vocabulary of Open Source.
  • Collaborate with public and private institutions to better understand and develop Open Source software.
  • Bolster the return on investment to the State and local economy by helping promote and build tools and products that our constituents can use.

The OSL and the Community

Open Source projects today are held together by shoe string budgets and questionable infrastructure. Innovation needs a solid foundation to grow upon and the OSL brings that in the form of development experience, world-class infrastructure, and the willingness to always do the right thing for the community.

Bringing the open source community together both physically and virtually is about enabling cross-pollination, economies of scale and the fostering of new and exciting projects. By focusing our energies on our "main thing" we allow other projects to do the same. We shorten the open source transaction time with innovative tools and a globally- distributed infrastructure that services these communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Defining our Success

The Open Source community has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 5 years. It has been an amazing thing to watch. As the community grows, its members begin to depend on services provided by projects that become critical to the life of a piece of software. The OSL hopes to become a key component to the open source life cycle by providing reliable infrastructure and knowledge that others can leverage. The success of the OSL hinges on the satisfaction of our customers: participants of the open source community.

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