14. OSS Watch Newsletters
OSS Watch publishes a monthly newsletter that showcases specially selected content and blog items from OSS Watch along with news and events. We distribute print copies of the newsletter at events that we attend and we make online versions of the newsletter in PDF format available to view or download. The full list of newsletters is at www.oss-watch.ac.uk/newsletters
The theme of April’s newsletter is the importance of establishing a governance model for your project. We often hear people say that ‘It’s too early’ to formally describe your project’s governance at project start up but that is actually the perfect time to draw up a governance model. Detailing responsibilities and describing how decisions are made does not lead to a situation where a project team loses control, quite the opposite, it enables the project team to clearly set out the way in which the project will operate. It also helps to develop an engaged and open community where everyone knows what is going on and potential contributors know exactly what to expect. You can find out more about governance models through this newsletter’s featured article and the selected blog pieces and if you’d like any help in drafting your own governance model then do get in touch, we’re here to help.