Today we had a interesting Drupal meeting. There were very interesting plans: give more visualization of Drupal use in Belgium by the .be site, creating a "drupal-only" web/content-service company and we have been brainstorming on several other interesting topics as scrum for project development, the multi-language issue etc. Now to the actions ;)
It is interesting how several topic come back all the time. Today again there was the "need for developers" issue. I have been contacted by some people now that look for experienced developers (good luck finding them). Personally I'm interested in creating a course on web2.0 to train people, hope to get something done on the university for this. A related topic is about the 'place' of developers in the whole "web2.0-adapted society". I have been discussing it with (professors and) researchers on information business management and our conclusion was that development was research. Today we got to the conclusion developers are artists. I do like the discussion about what a developer is, in both cases an artist or a research take many ristk but they have roalties to gain, just as the case with patentable software. With open source its different, researcher and artist can get money of the government (universities or academies), I can't see any similar governmental funded developetment. Now its logical there isn't such a system as the whole web2.0 and the acceptation of open source development is so new, but its not logic if you see the added value this developers create for society. It is very ironic to notice the only institution getting close to such 'funding' organization for "common good" is Google. I'm actually thinking on the summer of code project. Google is clearly on top of doing business today, and I see their action even more accurate than the descriptions like "open innovation", are they taking over the functions that actually should be done by governments now? what is next "google planet"? As a researcher I have some experience with funding organization, so when the structure of the summer of code did looked similar to me. Now the projects are only for a month and individual (as far as I know), at least it is something. Now there is this never ending discussion between developers and the user requirements, well in my research I did see some very interesting project where it is clear users don't even know exactly what they want. Mostly this is because of the fact that they don't know what is possible, its going to take me to long to discuss it here. Now I only wanted to state that we got a lot to think about, a lot to work out.