Creating the standard for open source communities


The addition of open source to the IEEE SA collaboration platform is a key milestone in the organization’s ongoing transformation and expansion into new business and industry sectors. IEEE SA OPEN is intended to bridge the gap between standards developers and other open technical communities to enable nimble and creative technical solutions. IEEE SA OPEN address common challenges faced by the open-source development community, such as lack of relevant engagement in projects, solution incompatibility, and complexity around intellectual property (IP) licensing. IEEE SA OPEN development projects are underway in diverse areas of technology development. IEEE SA OPEN provides community management, DevOps infrastructure, and governance, along with a growing set of templates and guides—thus supporting and strengthening the collaboration, growth, and sustainability of open source communities and their projects. IEEE SA OPEN conveys to individuals and organizations the benefits of neutral, third-party administration, and unique service add-ons utilizing the skills of more than 422,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries.

Employing a customized offering of the proven, stable, and easy-to-use GitLab software, and Mattermost team collaboration and messaging, IEEE SA OPEN leverages the globally recognized expertise of IEEE in technical publishing by adding the option of supplementing technical publications with open source code that implements the published research results. As the platform continues to grow, upgrades will be added to increase the support of project and community structures.

IEEE SA OPEN offers a variety of à la carte support services. For example, comprehensive fiscal sponsorship for mission-based humanitarian projects is available through a fund, which is a joint activity of IEEE SA and the IEEE Foundation. Development, quality assurance, maintenance, and documentation support also are available. With the addition of IEEE SA OPEN, IEEE SA avails developers proven mechanisms throughout the lifecycle of incubating promising technologies—including research, open source, standardization, and go-to-market services.

What We Can Do For You

IEEE SA OPEN is a comprehensive open source development platform that harnesses the power of familiar open source tools. Using the platform you can:

  • Give your project the trust and authenticity of IEEE
  • Experience an open, flexible development environment
  • Enjoy unique service add-ons and customizations
  • Easily initiate a project thru Our Project Pipeline Process
  • Put your project on the fast track to IEEE standardization
  • Have access to technical, marketing, community resources and best practices from subject matter experts

The platform encompasses IEEE's unparalleled member network, technical expertise and resources with a goal to accelerate innovation and enable technological advancements that positively impact the way people live, work, and communicate. It's all open source, which allows for contributions to platform features and community collaboration.

IEEE SA OPEN enables you to focus on the technical, community, and marketing aspects of your project by handling all the activities necessary to have your organization up and running in days, instead of months. The community also provides best practices to manage and grow your project with beneficial governance processes, and expertise provided by subject matter experts who are there for you during any stage of development.