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Thank you for becoming a new member of the Open Networking Foundation.  You participation is critical for achieving our shared goal of transforming networking. 

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.  If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback about this, please let us know.


      • Why members matter, what is expected, what do they get out of it, what does ONF get out of it, win-win...


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Plugging In To the Community

This section provides guidance on where to go to start getting involved in community discussions and activities.

Announcing You To The Community

We're excited to you've joined the community and we want to share that news with existing community members.  For partners, we'll work with you to do a dedicated post about your organization and what you're 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.

Introducing Yourself

There's no need to wait for a formal announcement before you show up and talk to other community members.  Please feel free to join the discussion on any of the community channels (more details on those below).  Send more information about who you are and what you're interested in, offer thoughts and ideas on existing conversations, and take part in the activities taking place in the community. 

Community Channels

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. 

      • Chat: We use Slack for real-time chat communications.  There are different instances for Slack for the different projects.  An invitation is required to join a Slack instance, but you can easily get an invitation yourself.  Here are the different Slack instances and links to request invitations.
      • Mailing lists: We use Google Groups for mailing list discussions.  Lists don't provide you the same real-time conversations as Slack, although in a global community be aware that lists give you access to talk with everyone around the world and on Slack you can only talk to people who are online when you are.  Here are links to the different mailing lists
      • Meetings: We use a variety of video and audio conferencing systems for meetings (GoToMeeting, UberConference, Google Hangouts, etc).  Many important discussions and decisions get made in meetings so you are encouraged to attend meetings that are relevant for your interests.  Please check the ONOS community calendar and CORD community calendar for a full list of meetings – here are a few of the major meetings you should consider attending.



      • How to be an effective community member (where to go, what to do, etc.)

Sharing Your Impact

      • Documenting what you’re doing (regular reports per release about your contributions), sharing out news (ie, adding your product to ONOS points of validation page), etc.

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