OSArch is a loosely defined community, with currently no centralised funding or legal organisation. Nevertheless, we function as a community, and work together to produce output with measurable impact on the industry. In lieu of a more structured organisation, this page aims to document the existing supporters of OSArch. Or, to put it another way, if we were a centralised organisation, who would be our "members" be? Examples of centralised organisations are:
- Blender foundation, funded by the Blender Development Fund
- GNOME foundation, funded by Friends of GNOME
- KDE e.V., funded by the Join the Game initiative
There are current discussions and proposals around how OSArch should be structured and how an organisation would function, both legally, in terms of making decisions, how to prioritise resources, and how funding is managed and collected. None of this has been finalised, and users are welcome to discuss further:
- Funding Free Software and OSArch
- Organizational Structure and Governance of OSArch
- Application to Epic Games Megagrants for the BlenderBIM Add-on
- Funding Open Source Development: A stab at an open and distributed method of profit sharing
- How to make profitable open source?
Advocates of OSArch
The first level of support we would like to learn about is how many people are simply advocates of OSArch activity. To be an advocate, all that means is that you have read and understood what OSArch is about and are willing to publicly put your name down as agreeing with the principles of OSArch. This can help us quantify those who support OSArch in principle, but are not currently making active contributions.
Part of being an advocate can be participation in online media like forums and social network, and helping to share and publicise the work done related to OSArch.
|Name (or alias)||Web reference||Project|
|Your name here? Add yourself!||A link to your website, social media pages, or other way to verify that you are not just a random word inserted into this table.||If you use software that helps support OSArch, like Blender or FreeCAD, feel free to let us know which one here!|
|Hoss Zamani||IFCOpenShell, BlenderBIM, FreeCAD, Speckle, Ladybug Tools|
|Ihab El Aghoury (AGECS' CEO)||Company website||Following BlenderBIM for the interaction between Structural and Architectural Disciplines|
|Angelos Kontopoulos (AngKontop||https://www.linkedin.com/in/angkontop||Everything Open-Source Enthusiast (Blender,QGIS,FreeCad,LibreCad)|
|Brendan McFarlane (brendanmcfoz)||http://www.wsp.com||BlenderBIM, FreeCAD and others|
Contributors to OSArch
A contributor is an individual who is an advocate of OSArch, but in addition, also contributes to an AEC software in the AEC Free Software directory. A contribution may be financial, coding, writing documentation, running legal and hardware infrastructure, creating videos, translating, hosting events, bleeding edge bug reporting, extensive forum participation and so on. A contribution is loosely distinguished from advocacy in that it produces an output. If you're interested, you can learn how to contribute to OSArch.
It is up to you if you want to publicly disclose how much money you are financially contributing to projects that relate to OSArch goals. A financial contribution may be to one project, or many, to a single developer, or to a fund. If you publicly disclose it, we are able to transparently track the financial resources currently made available to projects, and this helps make a more informed decision on how to achieve financial sustainability for free software in the AEC industry, as right now data is difficult to obtain. Financial numbers can also help us set more realistic goals in the future.
|Name||Happy to help with||Financial||Residence(language)|
|Your name here?|
|Dion Moult (Moult)||Hosting OSArch Wiki, OSArch Community Forum, and IRC bot. Coding the BlenderBIM Add-on, and related tools in IfcOpenShell.||~70 USD per month (OSArch Infrastructure - server, BlenderBIM Add-on domain name, backup server, Sendgrid email system account)||Sydney, Australia (english, )|
|Duncan Lithgow (Profile)||Wiki editing, advocacy, organisation||10,00 € FreeCAD||Denmark (english, danish)|
|Petru Conduraru (condur)||Promoting Open Source for AEC through my podcast and YouTube channel, BIMvoice. I work closely with Dion to put out more content about BlenderBIM. BIMvoice YouTube Channel||TBD|
|Ryan Schultz (theoryshaw)||Bug reporting, wee bit of coding, wiki editing||FreeCAD, BlenderBIM, and also exploring an (Experimental Funding Approach)||Wisconsin, USA (english)|
|Brendon Reid (breid)||Wiki creation, BlenderBIM bug reporting|
|Long Hoang Thanh (htlcnn)||BlenderBIM Add-on coding|
|Cyril Waechter (Cyril)||AUR packager (Arch/Manjaro), coding on IfcOpenShell/BlenderBIM/FreeCAD, bug reports, videos making, wiki editing, open BIM advocating and teaching||~2000 €/year shared between IfcOpenShell/BlenderBIM/FreeCAD developers||Switzerland / France
languages : french(native), english(fluent), german(not fluent)
|Ioannis Christovasilis (Jesusbill)||Monthly meetup coordination, Development of IfcOpenShell/Ifc2CA, Code_Aster learning material (examples, videos)||10 €/month support for OSArch/BlenderBIM||Italy (english/greek/italian)|
|Hoss Zamani (hzamani)||AU$10 /month to Dion Moult's Liberpay account for BlenderBIM|
|Chun (chunchk)||HKD$40 /month to Dion Moult's Liberpay account for BlenderBIM||Hong Kong (Cantonese, English, Mandarin)|
|Andreas Vest ()||BlenderBIM testing||Undisclosed||Denmark (english, danish)|
|Marcel Plomp ()||BlenderBIM testing, UI concept making||Undisclosed||The Netherlands (dutch, english)|
|Stephen Leger (stephen_l)||Archipack core dev, blenderBim contributor||Undisclosed||Somewhere in europe (french, fr-english, portu-gnol)|
|Jan Filipec (JanF)||Representation (Homepage design, maintenance), Education (BlenderBIM Wiki)||Undisclosed||Austria (czech, english, german)|
Are you part of a corporation who is willing name the company itself as a supporter of OSArch? Let us know on the community forums and let's discuss the opportunities on what this type of relationship implies.