The 1-Minute Pitch


Open source research efforts within the University of California face many challenges, including

  • Educating students to be productive in open source projects
  • Revealing the value of open source to the UC system
  • Broadening engagement with industry, government, and foundations

Led by Carlos Maltzahn and Stephanie Lieggi the OSPO is

  • Developing a “marketplace” of open source software projects across the UC system and associated national labs that brings mentors, students, sponsors, and open source stakeholders together
  • Establishing a postdoctoral “incubator fellowship” which will enable fellows to grow communities around their research prototypes
  • Organizing a yearly undergraduate “Open Source Research Experience”, a UC-wide mentor organization that works with Google Summer of Code and other global outreach efforts and engages with industry, government, and foundation sponsorships
  • Creating partnerships with innovative open source teaching initiatives inside and outside the UC system



A Record 38 Contributors participating in OSRE ‘23
This year’s Open Source Research Experience is off to a fantastic start, with 38 contributors getting ready to work this summer on projects spanning open source hardware, software, and reproducibility in research and in teaching.
Sponsor Open Source Research Experience
Is your organization looking to better utilize open source and want to support projects that directly benefit your work? Does your company want to strengthen the talent pipeline able to work on technologies essential to your organization’s success?
Accepted as 2023 GSoC Mentor Organiztion
We are very excited to have been selected as a 2023 Google Summer of Code Mentor Organization. The 2023 Open Source Research Experience and with it the 2023 Summer of Reproducibility will therefore benefit from GSOC’s world-wide outreach and generous funding of contributors.
AMA Session for 2023 Summer of Reproducibility and OSRE Mentors
Drop in and ask us questions about this summer program starting at 10:30am Pacific Time on January 26, 2023. Take a look at info about these programs on this website or watch one of the earlier videos. We will give a brief overview of the program and discuss the benefits of being a Summer of Reproducibility mentor, a joint program with the NSF-funded REPETO Project.
Creating a ROS 2 Open Source Distribution
The Robot Operating System (now ROS 2) is an open source middleware for operating robots. Similarly to Linux, Kubernetes, or OpenStack, ROS 2 has grown to be so complex that building ROS 2 from scratch has become impossible for most users. Join us for the presentation by Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle (Univ. Erlangen / Bayave GmbH) on Wednesday, January 11 at 1:30pm PT, UC Santa Cruz, Engineering-2, Room 506 (hybrid event).