As part of my move to Portland, I recently found out about the open-source lab at Oregon State University (OSU). A first glance suggests that they are involved in all sorts of key open-source projects around the world and at different levels. First off, they lead a number of exciting projects on their own: mostly network management and bug tracking but also the Oregon Virtual School District and a digital library project. Second, they provide hosting services to a wide range of popular projects. I first got a clue about the OSL when I realized that this was where my Drupal download was coming from. Finally, they have an impressive suite of sponsors.
I wonder what potential there is for collaboration with an organization that is already so open with their affiliations and projects. For example, their knowledgebase is powered by a wiki with a better oganizational focus than I have seen before: Confluence. The only drag is that it’s very expensive! So much for walking the talk!