OSAF Transitions

January 8th, 2008 by Katie Capps Parlante

OSAF and the Chandler project are going through some big transitions. Yesterday, January 7, we restructured the organization. This is the biggest change since the inception of project six and a half years ago.

In September 2007 we delivered a Preview release of Chandler Desktop, Chandler Server and the Chandler Hub web application. Since then we’ve been gradually acquiring users and building a community of people interested in the project. We now have hundreds of people participating in our users mailing list and thousands of users downloading Chandler and creating accounts on Chandler Hub.

Chandler is an open source, standards-based calendar and task manager built around small group collaboration and a core set of information management workflows modeled on Inbox usage patterns. Users manage and share calendars, tasks, messages, and notes with the Chandler Desktop application and with the Chandler Hub web application.

The next phase of the project is about growing the user base, building the community, and diversifying our funding sources. OSAF has been primarily funded by one person up to this point, Mitch Kapor. Our goal going forward is to modify our organization and our funding model to grow into a publicly supported community project, not propelled by one individual.

I will be leading the next phase of the project, and Mitch will be winding down his role on the project. Mitch will provide transitional financial assistance to support the organization through 2008. Mitch will step down from the board, and I will replace him.

OSAF will maintain a smaller staff during the next phase of the project. While figuring out the new funding model, it is prudent for the organization to reduce expenses. OSAF’s paid staff will go from 27 people to 10 people. While I expect that most former staff members will move on to other endeavors, we certainly welcome them to remain involved with OSAF and Chandler in some capacity. Developers will retain commit privileges, for example.

Strategically, we find ourselves at a crossroads. The new Chandler team will continue to address the needs of informal groups sharing calendars and managing projects together. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from our current users, and intend to use that to fix usability problems and shape the next set of feature work. We have several options before us and will be ironing out a more focused plan for the next phase. We will keep everyone updated on this blog.

The Chandler team did a fantastic job shipping the Preview release. Building on this accomplishment, the project has many great possibilities ahead. While saddened to see such a great team come to an end, I’m excited about the project’s opportunities and looking forward to the next chapter.

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2 Responses to “OSAF Transitions”

  1. chao Says:

    Katie and all the OSAF folks, you have come a long way! Best wishes to the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the new year and beyond.

  2. Eugene Eric Kim Says:

    Congratulations, Katie, on past successes and new beginnings! Good luck with the transition moving forward.