OSPO++ Working Group

The center of OSPO++ is our working group - a biweekly, recurring meeting where we share how we’re building open source program offices (OSPOs), where we collaborate on new initiatives, where we form a community of like-minded open source practitioners, and where we support each other’s efforts.

Over the past two years, we’ve held more than 500 hours of collective mind-sharing on the topic of OSPOs and how to effectively bring open source to our institutions.


We meet biweekly on Thursdays. Depending on whether the topic is based on Universities or Cities, we have an earlier or a later session. The main track is always in the first thirty minutes, followed by a community track for the remainder of the hour.

October 7: Universities & Academia

  • When: 9am PT, 12pm EDT, 6pm CET

  • Main track: Using OSS to deal with restricted data
  • Hosts: Paul Nagy, Johns Hopkins

  • Community track: Mapping OS Academic Ecosystem - both sides
  • Hosts: IAOS, Sustain OS, Apereo

October 7: Governments & Agencies

  • When: 6am PT, 9am EDT, 3pm CET

  • Main track: Coming Soon
  • Hosts: Coming Soon

  • Community track: Coming Soon
  • Hosts: Open Forum Europe, Mosslabs

November 2: Universities & Academia. (Save the Date)

November 8: Governments & Agencies. (Save the Date)


Zoom. While we’d like to use an open source platform, we find that this works best for the our needs.


We follow both Chatham House Rule and the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct.


Those that currently run OSPOs, inside champions looking to build an OSPO in their organization, and anyone else seeking to be part of this conversation.

Types of OSPOs:

  • University OSPOs
  • Research Center OSPOs
  • National & Regional Government OSPOs
  • Government Department or Agency OSPO
  • City and Public Administration OSPOs
  • Philanthropic Funding & Policy Foundations (private & public)
  • Global NGOs


Want to join in? Get in touch.