What is this? These pages started as a detailed straw-man proposal to flesh-out what it would take to realize our vision of a free and open cloud. They now serve as examples of the technology needed to implement the different facets of open cloud services. Here's how we are going to get there.


OneCommons is an ambitious project that will take years to mature so it is important to stage its development in a series of small and concrete steps, each of which provide immediate value and are punctuated with major milestones focused on addressing a well-defined target market.

Milestone 1: Developer infrastructure

What: Tools for building easily deployable, reusable, production-quality services
Immediate Value: Usable outside of OneCommons
For who: DevOps developers
Goal: Engage DevOps developers to help build core infrastructure

Milestone 2: Hosting MVP

What: Basic infrastructure in place, ready to host curated sites
Immediate Value: Free hosting
For who: Existing open source sites
Goal: Build user base and market awareness

Milestone 3: CommonsCents

What: User fees; usage tracking and metering; payment processing
Immediate Value: Enable participants to earn money
For who: Small-scale SAAS
Goal: SAAS platform where there’s clear economic value for businesses to avoid vendor lock-in and we can provide a low barrier to entry for independent developers and operators

Milestone 4: DataCommons

What: Shared data. Policies establishing privacy rules around data and access rights
Immediate Value: Control and visibility over data; remix apps
For who: Users; developers

Milestone 5: Ecosystem

What: Multiple infrastructure providers
Immediate Value: Decentralization
For who: Cloud providers
Goal: Expand reach and market opportunities

Milestone 6: Scale

What: Scalability
Immediate Value: Large-scale free social media apps viable, unlock network effects
For who: Consumers