ARTIST Package in GitHub and Licensing
Open Source Software (OS) is software that is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to use, study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. The adoption of Open Source software solutions is supported across many domains, resulting in many support organisations with both commercial and non-commercial objectives. It has succeeded to increasingly seen as an opportunity for knowledge intensive industries such as IT business services to broaden its user base stimulating innovation and even defining new consumer requirements toward products in the marketplace.
The release of the code with an Open Source license is not in itself a sufficient condition neither for a large adoption, nor for the attraction of a large number of contributors. The motivations that bring developers to join and contribute are complex and disparate. It is clear that organisations struggle to position themselves in markets, industries and communities that are characterised as Open Source. However, it is extremely difficult since challenges include complex legal considerations, particularly, intellectual property rights (IPR), behaviour and motivational factors, appropriate business models, working practices and underlying assumptions about markets of traditional companies.
As part of the ARTIST goals, the dissemination team decided to reach out developers of relevant source software as well as the Open Source communities in order to provide improved tools and work processes in relation to existing open source artefacts. In order to do so, ARTIST consortium created an Open source package that is publicly available to all.
The ARTIST OS package can be used by all open source communities and be tested and validated by any interested developer. It consist of twenty nine tools that are classifies to toolsets and categories according to ARTIST methodology. For each one of the tools, ARTIST dissemination team includes documentation, demos and tutorials. It has also shared some small-to-mid scale samples, in order to advertise the potential of the approach based on concrete examples. Samples are accessible to a large community outside and complex enough so that they are challenging to implement using the current best practice.
The source code is uploaded in GitHub repository and thus is easy to download, install and operate the tools. Furthermore, for each category a specific forum has been created for the developers to provide verification and validation feedback. The Open source package will be released in cycles and will be maintained and supported by the ARTIST consortium.