Public dev meeting / Collaboration / The challenges in documenting history of large open-source projects - inspired by the Mozilla case

Reference

  • Reference meeting: "a06-380 — minisites — mgalli — writing — collaborative writing projects and the case of mozilla — 8f6c1232-2a5d-42da-9b6f-bc48cb5b98e8 Friday, January 17⋅3:00 – 4:00pm"
  • Parent projects: Collaboration
  • Participants: Marcio S Galli
  • Text language: en-us
  • Tags: transparency, openness, collaboration, mozilla, oralhistory, interviews, about:mozilla, mozilla the book.
  • Document status: Copyright, draft.

Summary of quest

Every time I learn about a major Mozilla event I reflect about what would take for a community or a group of individuals to try to make a book about Mozilla, the possible impossible thing. Exactly because of the too many interpretations, too many layers, too many people. Too many voices, too many Mozillas. I even find funny, or a paradox, to think that the Mozilla community was able to create Firefox, or a lot of things behind that gave birth to Firefox (if it was not Firefox would be probably something else like Bugzilla as a Service) but writing its own history seems to be a challenge at another level.

Anyway, in part this subject bothers me not because Mozilla needs really any historical timeline to be done urgently. But because Mozilla serves as inspiration, a case, of a very complex open-source project with too many narratives. In this context, at least I finally stumbled a this project http://mozillamemory.org thanks to a post from a ex-Mozilla colleague.

Resources

Marcio é um empreendedor com interesse em inovação, empreendedorismo, cultura e gestão. Formado em ciências da computação, Marcio fez seu estágio de graduação no Vale do Silício em uma das empresas que marcaram a história da Internet (Netscape Communications). Posteriormente mudou-se para o Vale do Silício trabalhando para Netscape / America Online, Yahoo! e posteriormente ao voltar ao Brasil, para a Mozilla Corporation (criadores do navegador Firefox). Antes de se tornar empreendedor e consultor, Marcio pôde colaborar com vários departamentos como marketing, inovação, engenharia e em times de documentação e evangelismo. Se tornou autor de patentes internacionais e gosta de estudar e escrever para os futuros empreendedores e gestores. Marcio é apaixonado por comunicação, negócios, tecnologia e cultura. Alguns dos seus livros preferidos são High Output Management, Conscious Business, The Hard Things about Hard Things, Maslow on Management, The Startup of You, The Alliance, Zero to One, dentre outros.

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