Podcast Topic suggestions (help wanted)
Topics: For season 1 the spotlight topic of each episode will be the guest’s project or work including their day-to-day tasks, thoughts and motivation of their contributions and any aspects of open source they feel passionate about. As the format of the episode is conversational topics may progress naturally. SOSUM provides generic topics that the guest can choose to explore in relevance to their work or involvement prior to the recording session.
Suggestion of topics:
Some of these topics are extremely broad and would not be expected of the guests (or even the host) to have strong views on every aspect of it. If the guest feels like focusing on a particular perspective (perhaps even some that haven’t been listed) that is absolutely fine.
The questions are not the final questions ask but are more like line of thoughts (I'll be updating more when I have my thinking cap on!)
• Sustainability of open source ◦ Financially (big companies, open business models, sponsorship) ▪ Is it difficult to financially support open source projects and why? ▪ What is the perception of supporting open source? ▪ Are all business models equal or do compromises have to be made? ▪ Does financial support rely on culture perception of open source? ◦ Culture (appreciation, perceptive of open source, ) ▪ What is the current perception of open source? How has this changed in years? ▪ What still needs to be improved or challenged? ▪ Should this culture be introduced at ealier stages of people’s careers or even education? ◦ Scottish tech industry involvement (awareness, business solutions and representation) ▪ Does Scotland have a strong sense of open source? If not why this is? ▪ What are the barriers stopping open source taking more of a presence in Scotland tech industry? ▪ What has the government or institutes done to assist with open source projects an their sustainability? • Open source in education ◦ Technical challenges and benefits (open source equipment in schools, representation in the curriculum, expertise available) ▪ What is the current climate of Scottish STEM education and the inclusion of open source? ▪ What challenges do institutes face in order to enable open source technology to penetrate the curriculum or technology stack? ▪ What benefits would introducing open source into schools of any range provide? ◦ Participation (exploring open source online communities, building community mentality, group projects) ▪ Should we encourage students to participate, at any capacity, in online open source communities and why? ▪ What impact on the student’s higher education does participating in open source potentially have? ▪ How would an increase of student participation impact open source projects themselves? ▪ What challenges do educators face with open source participation? ◦ Scottish education and the skill gap (within the tech industry) ▪ How could open source education help with the ech industry or other industries within Scotland? ▪ Are extra curriculum clubs enough to have a substantial impact on education involving open source? ▪ Are there enough open source practitioners to support the education system? • Governance ◦ Within open source projects and communities ◦ Government initiatives ◦ Other industries or companies • Privacy • Digital Sovereignty • Diversity and Inclusion • Exploitation • Appreciation • Sponsorship • Ethics of open source • Participating • Collaborating • Communities
Please make any other suggestions or questions that perhaps you would like to ask open source maintainers, companies, or advocates about open source.