So far in 2022, 216 professionals from 96 companies have attended meetings of TM Forum's Open API Project, helping to develop the API specifications and conformance tools. These are impressive numbers, but perhaps not as impressive as they could be, given that more than 10,500 professionals from 1,100 companies have downloaded Open APIs in the same period. And when we count API 'Producers' as only those individuals who have attended 5 or more project meetings this year, our ratio of Producers to Consumers falls to less than 0.5%.
TM Forum's Collaboration Subcommittee is seeking a deeper understanding of what motivates our industry professionals to contribute, and looking for ideas on how we can increase participation in the Open API (and other) development work.
As a reference point, here's a list of reasons why developers contribute to opensource programs*:
* List kindly provided by Craig Farrell of IBMIf you are already an Open API Producer, what motivates you?
If you are one of our Consumers, what would make it attractive and feasible for you to get more involved with the development work?
Please let us have your ideas.