Thank you for becoming a new member of the Open Networking Foundation. Your 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.
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.
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This section provides guidance on where to go to start getting involved in community discussions and activities.
We're excited that 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. For organizations actively involved in either the ONOS or CORD projects, we'll also be adding your logo to the members page on the project site.
There's 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're 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 is at those links):
Much of the work in the community is now 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:
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 though 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 ONOS and CORD. For some examples of past spotlight posts, check out the post about what KISTI/KREONET is doing with ONOS and what Criterion is doing with CORD.
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