It's been a little over a month since the Kuali Foundation announced its strategy of creating a for profit commercial entity and there's been a lot of talk about their transition. I think it's important to understand some of the history to really take this in. Kuali was never truly open source, it is what's referred to as community source and that's significantly different. Community source has the advantage of having sponsors who contribute to it's success with both resources and dollars which means it has a safety net to keep it from failing. That same support comes with red tape and bureaucracy that can keep it from becoming more successful as it's not driven by standard commercial principles. It's a bit of a conundrum and Kuali was the last large community source project out there and the final one to admit defeat by moving to a more closed licensing model. It should be no great surprise that they felt it was time to make a bold decision to keep the kuali effort going into the next decade.
I've collected a number of articles written which discuss the transition to a commercial entity and some of the background on open and community source here for your review.
Here's some of the info from the Foundation.
There is no ability currently for you to comment on the Kuali Blog posts unfortunately. We've asked the Foundation to open their blog for comments in the hope that they will take the initiative on behalf of the community.
I'd love to be able to share more insight into this but we feel this is still evolving and we're not sure what the next steps may be. Some have suggested that a current and founding commercial affiliate should be the core of this new commercial entity which is an interesting idea but again we have no firm information to share on that possible development and no commerical affiliate is openly championing this idea
We were a bit concerned that the current commercial affiliates are likely to be eliminated from the "community" based on a comment at the face to face meetings in Utah where Brad Wheeler (the Chair of the Kuali Foundation) was asked what this new approach meant for commercial affiliates and he stated that he wasn't sure they'd still be necessary. We obviously don't feel that's the case since we've enhanced the Kuali Coeus product to a level that far exceeds the out of the box capabilities of KC with our FastTrak offering and we're sure other's have made similar investments. To be clear, we intend to continue to enhance and support Kuali Coeus for years to come to better support research institutions.
Stay tuned, I'm sure there's more to come!
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