The Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) world is rich in content. But it can be a little scattered, and can be confusing for those public and private organizations who want to wade in -- especially when it comes to long-term planning.

The 2020 FLOSS Roadmap, licensed under the Creative Commons (BY-SA), hopes to address this issue.

Version 1 was developed by 31 experts and released in December 2008, and contains:

  1. Predictions on how the FLOSS ecosystem might evolve over the next ten years
  2. Recommendations on how to both encourage FLOSS growth and leverage its benefits
  3. In-depth studies on topics such as public policy, technological innovation, uses and employment

The 2002 FLOSS Roadmap version 1.0, provided by the 2020 FLOSS Roadmap

Roadmap v2 Needs You

The 2020 FLOSS Roadmap team is now ready to work on version 2 for release this fall, and they're ready to open discussion to the wider FLOSS community.

If you want to get involved, go to the Roadmap and start by reading the Roadmap Theme documents (see below)  for those areas that interest you. Then, annotate the documents with your comments. Instructions for how to annotate are displayed in each Theme's section.

Current Roadmap themes include:

  1. Public policies: promoting sustainable development of shared resources
  2. FLOSS: the key to future innovation and competitive differentiation?
  3. Ensuring sustainability for FLOSS developer communities and business ecosystems
  4. Technological and economic breakthroughs: challenge or opportunity for FLOSS?
  5. IT 3.0: towards new governance for information systems?
  6. FLOSS: a lever for employment and careers
  7. FLOSS in an Open World: Innovations and best practices from Brazil

Helping organizations understand FLOSS -- where it's going and how to make the best use of it -- can only accelerate FLOSS adoption. Hopefully this project ultimately provides yet another way to make a difference.

Come on down...become a participant.