Stewardship is an old word. It means taking on the responsibilities that come with ownership, with an ethic of public service. This is vital to open source, which, as a gift economy, is sustained and enlivened by the generosity of individuals sharing their knowledge and their time. This talk will look at what it means to be a steward in open source, in practical terms, from creation to maintenance to sunsetting. In doing so, open source consumers and contributors alike will be able to be successful, responsible members of the community.
This talk was presented at NSNorth, on May 10, 2014.