How can one identify organizations or organizations which claim to benefit directly from the largesse of people, money, and other resources? There are several avenues that many organizations or individuals could take if one wants to connect with projects that are being funded. Open-source software and software applications with their proprietary and open-source code can have both positive and negative features. Here are a few ways to look at them.
Open-source software can help form the skeleton of an organization (called an Operations Plan), which then become the heart of an organization. It can help shape the organization and make it more autonomous and continue to support the project. It can show the level of commitment, and capability, of the project. An Open-source community, such as the MySQL community or Google in its product development, can make this information available for researchers and other users to review and make a difference in matters. It can give a friend or relative access to some of the information to improve his work or productivity. It can make funding of an Open-source project a cheaper process than traditional ways of doing things. It can contribute information and perhaps even another life to the project.
There are two major challenges in uncovering what really ails an organization, both from the get-go and to make sure all donors are legitimate. These can be difficult given the integrity of the project. Many organizations cannot know who they have donated to and certainly not what they will actually achieve. That is not an issue with Open-source software and applications, but with commercial products such as Google Play. Their products have a substantially larger market than the leading commercial applications. They have a significant amount of resources to counter claims that they are using Open-source technology for exclusive reasons. It can be difficult to get answers as to whether or not there are any major ethical or other problems to the Product. It can be even more difficult to find out what records are available.
Usually organizations make things difficult for one to find out. Here are some ways one can find out, including researching the project, contacting the member of the research team, contacting the organization, attending the meeting to ask if it has any policies about giving to other groups in an organization, submitting a resume or resume, speaking with an attorney, and generally following through.
While one could search Google or use Google Grants, perhaps an organization that wants to give should consider joining along with an established open-source program. It could also consider a project with publicly available software.
If one wishes to have direct interaction with the project, the easiest way is to pass the complete information on to the organization that is offering the project. Everyone can better identify those true supporters and supporters. If one wishes to know about a project with a good supply of purchasing power, make sure to tell the people at that entity. Be respectful of others and remember the purpose of the programs.
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