Open Source Program Office

Open Source Program Office

UC Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

🏠 Welcome!

Today’s universe of open source communities has immense potential to amplify the impact of scientific research. Thanks to a generous grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the OSPO UC Santa Cruz is being established to provide a center of gravity that brings together everything needed to unlock that potential.

The OSPO’s mission is to create partnerships with stakeholders within and outside the UC system to promote open source literacy and best practices, helping students learn from open source communities, letting scientists use open source to accelerate research efforts, and connecting students and scientists with sponsors from industry, government, and foundations.

Through a number of continually refined programs that are designed to amplify impact of the UC research enterprise the OSPO is building a community of practitioners who aim to create and share knowledge, collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source research efforts.

Read more about the OSPO.

πŸ”­ About

The 1-Minute Pitch

About

Open source research efforts within the University of California face many challenges, including

  • Educating students to be productive in open source projects
  • Revealing the value of open source to the UC system
  • Broadening engagement with industry, government, and foundations

Led by Carlos Maltzahn and Stephanie Lieggi the OSPO is

  • Developing a “marketplace” of open source software projects across the UC system and associated national labs that brings mentors, students, sponsors, and open source stakeholders together
  • Establishing a postdoctoral “incubator fellowship” which will enable fellows to grow communities around their research prototypes
  • Organizing a yearly undergraduate “Open Source Research Experience”, a UC-wide mentor organization that works with Google Summer of Code and other global outreach efforts and engages with industry, government, and foundation sponsorships
  • Creating partnerships with innovative open source teaching initiatives inside and outside the UC system

πŸ“Ί Programs

πŸ“ Blog

Accepted as 2024 GSoC Mentor Organiztion
We are excited to have once again been selected as a Google Summer of Code Mentor Organization. The 2024 Open Source Research Experience (and with it the 2024 Summer of Reproducibility ) will once again benefit from GSOC’s world-wide outreach and generous funding of contributors.
Accepted as 2024 GSoC Mentor Organiztion
OSRE 2024 Mentor Info Session
Could your open source project or reproducibility-related research project benefit from working with enthusiastic and talented students who are paid to productively contribute to your work this coming Summer? Would you or someone in your open source or research project be able to mentor a new contributor for no more than 5 hours per week? The Open Source Research Experience (OSRE) Program may be the opportunity you are looking for to move your research forward and build your community.
OSRE 2024 Mentor Info Session
Virtual Reproducibility Hackathon
We are excited to announce our Virtual Reproducibility Hackathon taking place on December 15, 2023, hosted by the Chameleon Team! To sign up, click here for more information.
Virtual Reproducibility Hackathon
OSRE 2024 Mentor Info Session
Could your open source project or reproducibility-related research project benefit from working with enthusiastic and talented students who are paid to productively contribute to your work this coming Summer? Would you or someone in your open source or research project be able to mentor a new contributor for no more than 5 hours per week? The Open Source Research Experience (OSRE) Program may be the opportunity you are looking for to move your research forward and build your community.
OSRE 2024 Mentor Info Session
The urgent need to make the value of open source visible and quantifiable to university leadership
Earlier this year, Frank Wuerthwein, Director of the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) mentioned to me a number: 32,000. That’s the estimated number of public GitHub repositories that UC San Diego faculty and students have contributed to.
The urgent need to make the value of open source visible and quantifiable to university leadership