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Open Source Ventures





 

Need

There is a need to grow the number of companies located in Ottawa and Gatineau that profitably develop and market open source related products and services. Europe, Japan and the United States have taken the lead in the establishment of open source companies. Canadian companies risk becoming passive consumers of open source software. Canada cannot be left behind.

Mission

Open Source Ventures is a non-profit organization that examines and advances business and technological issues relevant to the companies and government departments located in Ottawa and Gatineau that use open source to gain competitive advantages. 

Consistent with the capabilities of local companies and universities, the primary focus for Open Source Ventures will be the communications industry. The adoption of standard interfaces and open modular systems in many categories of networking and telecommunications equipment provide fertile ground for open source innovation.

Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design and the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International) provide the leadership required to engage CIO’s, entrepreneurs, technology developers, suppliers, government departments, researchers, and graduate students in the process of examining and advancing pressing issues related to open source.

Objectives

  • Undertake research to answer the following questions:
    • Where and when does open source software succeed and why?
    • What are the necessary economics for building successful companies involving open source?
    • Where are the emerging opportunities?
    • What are the successful commercialization strategies for companies that rely on open source?
  • Establish new open source companies in Ottawa and Gatineau
  • Support the commercialization efforts of companies in Ottawa-Gatineau that rely on open source projects
  • Advance the science and engineering that underlies open source
  • Support the development, adaptation and maintenance of open source products, applications and tools used by members of Open Source Venture

Benefits

  • Engage in the research process that leads to master theses and publications
  • Development projects that build on open source and the use of their resulting outputs
  • Scholarly research on open source relevant to Canadian companies’ plans to grow
  • Emerging business opportunities and business models enabled by open source
  • Commercialization strategies that are best suited for open source

Communications

The initial focus of Open Source Ventures is the communications industry. The adoption of standard interfaces and open modular systems in many categories of networking and telecommunications equipment provide fertile ground for open source innovation.

In addition to the possibilities for leveraging robust embedded systems development environments such as Eclipse, open source developments in fast emerging product areas such as Enterprise Telephony Equipment, Carrier-grade Telecom Systems, Application-Oriented and RFID Networking and Open Source Routing. 

In each of these product categories, open source distributions promise to revolutionize vendor offerings and change the existing industry order. For example, the first open source suite of RFID applications for the EPC network has just been introduced by The RadioActive Foundation providing open access to EPC compliant RFID software. Similarly XORP and Asterisk, open source router and PBX frameworks, respectively, present significant opportunity for disruptive innovation in sizable segments of the enterprise networking and telecommunications markets. Even in the carrier class equipment market, open source programming languages such as Erlang threaten to substantially lower barriers for entry to upstarts in areas which have traditionally been the bastion of large telco equipment vendors.

Contact

Companies, entrepreneurs, academics, students and foundations who wish to collaborate on research, open source projects, and commercialization, can contact Tony Bailetti at bailetti@sce.carleton.ca or osv@carleton.ca.

Innovative, Competitive, Profitable

 
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