Your first step is to find an interesting Program or Project to learn about their mission and roadmap. In addition to a code repository, Programs and projects also often have their own website (e.g. fdc3.finos.org or perspective.finos.org) or wiki page where you can find roadmaps, meeting minutes, and upcoming meeting times and dial-in information.
For those newer to Open Source, the best way to start is by:
Joining an open source project call or program general meeting is a great way to experience FINOS and see our collaborations first hand. All program meetings can be found on the programs calendar as well as on the respective program wiki. Unsure which one to check out? A great first choice is our Open Source Readiness Project call that occurs every other Wednesday at 10am ET / 3pm BT.
Communication between scheduled meetings, and much of the overall collaboration within the FINOS community, occurs via Google Group mailing lists. Specific mailing lists used for projects within a program can be found on the respective program's wiki as well as in the directory of FINOS mailings lists.
More information about how to engage the FINOS community can be found at wiki.finos.org.
Participation to meetings or mailing lists has virtually no requirements. But to contribute code into a FINOS Github repository, community participants must be covered by a Contributor License Agreement. Commits and pull requests of code to FINOS repositories will only be accepted from those contributors:
Commits from individuals not covered under an ICLA or CCLA will be flagged by the FINOS CLA-bot tool. Please note that some CCLAs require individual employees to be explicitly named on the CCLA. More information about FINOS CLA requirements can be found on the FINOS Wiki.
More experienced Open Source developers may be ready to:
A great place to start contributing is finding issues marked a "good first issue" in the FINOS Github organization.
Also, these are some Programs and Projects which have immediate needs for further participation and contribution:
Still unsure where to start? Can't find a mailing list? Unsure when an open source project next meets? Need to set up an ICLA or unsure if you are covered under an existing CCLA? Check our FAQ page and join the weekly FINOS Office Hours with the FINOS Team to ask your questions. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact directly the FINOS team.
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