Cooperative Commons Clouds
These days we met with a good bunch of people at the Open.Coop 2018 and discussed CommonsCloud and other cooperative commons-oriented cloud platforms, like the happy-devs.fr team, Sophie from commons platform, Chris from WebArchitects and coops.tech. Today we had a breakfast, a panel discussion and later an open space breakout where we continued the discussion. We agreed that we should:
* work on mutually recognising accounts, so people with accounts on one node can logon with their account to other nodes. There is at least two layers to that:
** technically, bind LDAP accounts or recognise OpenID accounts or otherwise
** socially, put in place an Memorandum of Understanding with some minimum shared values (no exploitation of personal data, replicable tools...) between nodes of the federated network. This would also enable us to be stronger in communicating our networks.
* shared efforts in the selection of open standards, xmpp, ActivityPub have been mentioned
* shared efforts in the selection of tools (e.g. CommonsCloud.coop has started operations with Discourse, NextCloud, Phabricator plus LDAP directories, WebArchitects similar).
* shared development (NextCloud requires lots of improvements especially in the collaborative editing, so far CollaboraOffice has proven the best editor integration, but with issues...)
* sharing training materials
* sharing experience with sustainability models, strategies, ...
* providing alternatives to github: WebArchitects offers their cooperative instance of the Free Software gitLab under git.coop; CommonsCloud is using Phabricator
* apart from git, there are project management protocols that we should build into these platforms to make interoperability and migration a reality. How can Phabricator and other platforms incorporate those?
Let's use this thread to continue working on the concrete next steps of what we discussed. Looking forward to that!