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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. 


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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
  • Social media: We mainly use Twitter for social media.  Feel free to follow us and help us amplify the message about the work you and the rest of the community are doing.  Here are links to our Twitter accounts:
  • 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 some of the major meetings you should consider attending.
    • Technical Steering Team meetings: The TST meetings are a good place to go for technical discussions about ONOS or CORD (note that there are other meetings that focus on technical topics but the TST meetings provide a good overview of the projects).  Find out more on the ONOS Technical Steering Team and CORD Technical Steering Team wikis.
    • Community Steering Team meetings: The CST meetings are a good place to go for discussions about how we're growing and strengthening the ONOS, CORD and ONF community.  If you'd like to learn more or if you'd like to get involved and help us build the community, feel free to join the call.  Find out more on the Community Steering Team wiki.
  • Events: There are multiple opportunities throughout the year when community members meet in person at events – some of these are events the ONF organizes (such as ONOS Build and CORD Build), some are organized by ONF Ambassadors and some are organized by others and we are taking part by speaking and/or doing demos there.  Find out more about upcoming events on our Events page.

Community Tools

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 is at those links).

Tips On Being Effective In An Open Community 

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.

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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