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From Open Source to long-term sustainability: Review of Business Models and Case studies

Chang, Victor, Mills, Hugo and Newhouse, Steven, (2007) From Open Source to long-term sustainability: Review of Business Models and Case studies Chang, Victor (ed.) At All Hands Meeting 2007, OMII-UK Workshop, United Kingdom. 10 - 13 Sep 2007.

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This paper presents several case studies to demonstrate how open source software can achieve long-term sustainability by adopting the relevant business models. The objectives of this paper are to study the different models, processes, and legal/licence requirements that have been successful for such transformations. We classify the business models used in the open source area into five types: (a) Support Contracts; (b) Split Licensing; (c) Community; (d) Valued-added closed source; (e) Macro R&D Infrastructure. Each model’s strengths and weaknesses are discussed. The five business models detailed in this paper are the most common and arguably the most successful methods of generating revenues from open source software. Those in the e-Science community are encouraged to consider these methods for longer term sustainability.

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Published date: 2007
Additional Information: Event Dates: 10 September - 13 September, 2007
Venue - Dates: All Hands Meeting 2007, OMII-UK Workshop, United Kingdom, 2007-09-10 - 2007-09-13
Keywords: Open Source, OSS Business Models, Open Source Sustainability, OSS Sustainability Case Studies, e-Science business model and sustainability
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science


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Date deposited: 20 Jun 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:41

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Author: Victor Chang
Author: Hugo Mills
Author: Steven Newhouse
Editor: Victor Chang

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