Thank you for becoming a new member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF)! Your participation is critical to achieving our shared goal of transforming the networking industry. To help you be as effective as possible, we've created this handbook to give you all of the tools and information you need to get started.
Each membership level comes with a number of specific benefits. A good place to start with getting involved in the community is to get a good understanding of what benefits you have access to and how to make use of those benefits. This chart provides a high-level overview of membership benefits and more details are provided below.
ONF members are eligible to receive these Developer Assist benefits. This is a community-based team that provides a specialized form of assistance to developers who are using and customizing ONF platforms and solutions.
ONF members are eligible to receive these marketing benefits.
If you are eligible to use the ONF logo, you may download the logos files here, available in multiple formats.
This section provides guidance on where to go to start getting involved in community discussions and activities.
We are excited that you have joined the community and we want to share that news with existing community members. For partners, we will work with you on a dedicated blog post about your organization and what you are doing. For other organizations, we tend to announce new members in small groups. Soon after you join, our PR team will be in touch to work with you on an announcement. For organizations actively involved in ONF projects, we will be adding your logo to the members page on the project site.
There is no need to wait for a formal announcement before you show up and talk to other community members, though. Please feel free to join the discussion on any of the community channels (more details on those below). Share information about who you are and what you are interested in, offer thoughts and ideas on existing conversations, and take part in the activities taking place in the community.
Community discussions happen in a number of places and it can feel overwhelming at first to figure out where to go and how to keep track of it all. You don't need to subscribe to or monitor every one of these channels – important information will often be shared across most or all of these.
In addition to the communication tools mentioned above, there are several other tools that are used by the community to collaborate together – such as wikis, issue trackers, code repositories, etc. These tools are open and accessible to everyone and you're welcome to sign up for an account and start using them. Here are links to the different community tools (and information about how to register for an account for these tools):
Much of the work in the community is organized into Brigades. This is a concept borrowed from the successful Code for America project and it provides a structure for groups to collaborate effectively in an open source community. We've created a growing number of brigades that are focused around priorities for the ONOS and CORD projects and we encourage you to learn more about the active brigades and get involved in the ones that are relevant to your goals and interests. Here are links to learn more about the brigades:
Another good resource that provides more details about how to get started with ONOS and CORD is the Contributor Guides on the project wikis. These provide good introductory technical information about the code and tools that the projects use and initial contribution opportunities that will help get you familiar with our projects and processes.
If you've never been involved in an open source community before, you may not be sure about what to do or how to interact – there are definitely differences in working effectively in a highly distributed global online community than with working effectively in an office where all of your co-workers are in the same location. There are many resources that offer advice about this and we recommend you read those (for example, check out A Citizen’s Guide to Open Source Communities and How to Contribute to Open Source).
There is one thing though that we think is most important to consider when getting involved – you are strongly encouraged to step up and start contributing to something that you're interested in. Don't wait for an invitation. It may not always be obvious, but there is always room for you and you are welcome to show up and start participating. This video of an 'un-panel' session is a good example of that – there is always a chair open and waiting for someone who wants to join this discussion and there is nothing stopping someone from walking up, sitting down, and joining the conversation.
As you get more involved and are working on interesting projects, we want to learn about what you're doing so we can share that out with the rest of the community and with people looking for interesting news about the future of networking. We won't be able to tell people about what you're doing unless you let us know about the cool stuff you're working on. Here are some suggestions for how to let us know about the impact you're having.
You are encouraged to make use of the community tools and channels. There are all sorts of ways to leverage these: use the mailing lists to share what you're doing, submit patches to the repository, edit the wiki with information about your project, go to release planning meetings to talk about your upcoming contributions, etc. Be as transparent as you can and that will pay off – not only will we learn about what you're doing and help promote your work, but you can connect with other people in the community interested in your work who may be interested in contributing to your efforts.
When you reach a milestone on the work you are doing, let us know and we can put together a Community Spotlight blog post to tell your story. From our experience, these spotlight posts are some of the most viewed content we put together since people are interested to learn how organizations are making use of ONF projects and technologies. For some examples of past spotlight posts, check out the posts about Matt Jeanneret and Andrea Mazzini, or explore what KISTI/KREONET is doing with ONOS.
If you are involved in a brigade, make sure that your name is on that brigade's wiki page. We make use of that information in many ways: we pull brigade member information when putting community voting lists together, when determining who to support with travel sponsorship and when looking to see who is doing interesting work that we want to promote. For example, both ZTE and Inspur earned collaborator status due to their activity in the P4 brigade and we learned about it through the information they posted on the brigade's wiki page.
To see how ONOS is being used around the globe, go here.
For news on how CORD is being utilized, check out this page.
We provide space in the programs of our major developer events, ONOS Build and CORD Build, for community members to present information about their work and to demo their projects. We encourage you to not only attend these events but to actively participate in them as well. Check out the ONOS Build site and the CORD Build site to learn more about when the next events will be happening and how you can submit a proposal to take part in the Community Showcases and Science Fairs.
The Collaborating Innovator membership level and Collaborator status both require that an organization remain actively involved and contributing to at least one of the ONF Projects (CORD, ONOS, SEBA, VOLTHA, COMAC, OMEC, P4, Stratum or any other ONF project). We understand that there are times when an organization won't be active (for instance, there are many universities as Collaborators and during the summer there may be not much going on while students are away) and there is no requirement to always be active in the community. If there is a sustained period of inactivity that exceeds two or more major releases, then we will make a decision about de-listing.
In either case, loss of collaboration-level recognition will result in the company having their logo removed from the project member page, they will no longer have access to any associated benefits, and they won't be eligible to vote in community elections. Organizations can regain their collaborator-level status by re-engaging in the project.