Organizations, Open source foundations, and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations(DAO) are the different types of organizations that will be a part of the Gitopia ecosystem.
A decade ago, an organization was typically managed and handled by a firm and structured hierarchical setup. Traditional or Centralised organizations rely on one individual to make decisions and provide direction for the whole group. A clear chain of command travels from the top to the bottom through the levels of their hierarchical organizational structure.
Over the years, with the development of blockchain technology, this has changed drastically with a new form of organization where the functioning of the organization is based on consensus among its members known as Decentralized Autonomous Organizations(DAO). A DAO is an organization governed by rules that are encoded as transparent, immutable computer code influenced by shareholders and not a centralized body.
These organizations allow the users of Gitopia to manage their project repositories in different ways. Projects and communities could either use the traditional hierarchical organization structure or have a DAO manage their project repositories.
Open-source foundations are organizations devoted to the advocacy, legal aid, financial aid, technical assistance, governance, etc., of free and open-source software (FOSS) as a whole or of one or more specific FOSS projects. For projects that have their own foundation or are part of an umbrella organization, the primary goal is often to provide a mechanism for funding the development of the software. For the most part, these organizations are structured as nonprofit/charity organizations.
Organizations are shared accounts where a group of people(businesses or open-source projects) can collaborate across many projects at once. Owners and administrators of organizations can manage member access to the organization’s data and projects with sophisticated security and administrative features. Organizations simplify the management of group-owned repositories and help plan the workflows for business and large open-source projects.
Gitopia will be providing its users with the ability to create organizations on its collaboration platform without any limit on the number of collaborators and repositories. Creating an organization helps you centralize your organization’s code and organizational structure. Any owner of an organization can edit that organization’s settings and manage the permissions for each member. This will allow groups of people to collaborate across many organization projects at the same time with a proper hierarchical management system managing the work done by each member.
Open Source Foundations
Open-source foundations are not-for-profit and charitable organizations supporting the open-source software movement. They help the open-source projects in the form of organizational, legal, or financial support. These organizations are one of the main reasons why open-source software development is growing and thriving in the software world. These organizations provide the much-needed help to open source contributors and motivate them to contribute to open-source projects.
The role they play in the Gitopia ecosystem
- Open source organizations and foundations will provide organizational, legal, or financial aid to the open-source projects on the Gitopia platform.
- They can actively monitor the work being done by the open-source projects they fund on the Gitopia platform.
Incentives to participate in the Gitopia ecosystem
- With Gitopia, the open-source organizations can directly fund projects in LORE tokens without any middle man collecting fees. With Gitopia, except for a negligible transaction fee, all of the funds sent by the organizations will go directly into the hands of the leader or maintainer of the open-source projects.
- Organizations can also use Gitopia to create bounties for new features they want or vulnerabilities they want to solve in open-source software. The fund will be locked at first, and only when the bounty gets completed will the reward be released to the developer.
- Nearly all decentralized networks reserve a certain portion of their tokens to incentivize community-based development. The integration of Gitopia with the Cosmos IBC layer (Inter Blockchain communication) offers these decentralized networks a cross-chain payment channel (secured by the Cosmos Hub) that these networks can utilize to fund bounties, issues, and proposals on Gitopia.
Decentralized Autonomous Organization(DAO)
A decentralized Autonomous Organization(DAO) is an organization that is run through rules encoded as computer programs called smart contracts. The goal of a DAO is to create an organization that can function without “human” hierarchical management.
In theory, any interaction between humans and organizations can be expressed as a contract. The goal is to be able to automate all management and administrative functions.
DAOs provide an operating system for people and institutions that do not know nor trust each other, who might live in different geographical areas, speak different languages, and therefore be subject to different jurisdictions. Instead of legal contracts managing the relations of the people, with DAOs, all agreements are in the form of open-source code that is self-enforced by the majority consensus of all network actors. DAOs do not have a hierarchical structure, except for the code. Once deployed, this entity is independent of its creator and cannot be censored by one single entity but instead by a predefined majority of the organization’s participants. The exact majority rules are defined in the consensus protocol or the smart contract and will vary from use case to use case.
Gitopia will be providing its users with the ability to have a DAO manage their open-source projects and repositories. This will allow a group of people to work on a project without much worry since there will be an impartial DAO watching over the work done by each member.
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