Corteza is actively fashioning itself as the Digital Work Platform for Humanity. That’s a big statement of intent, about as ambitious as it gets – and we’re not going to get there overnight. Our policy of social inclusion rolls out the welcome mat to anyone who can usefully contribute. However, this embrace of diversity must be accompanied by a co-ordinated long-term strategy in order to be effective. Good intentions alone are not sufficient to create real and lasting change.

To help us implement Corteza as the Digital Work Platform for Humanity, we’re in the process of creating a range of programmes, based around the platform, which structure its outreach, broaden its expertise base and inform its future design. The programmes categories are as follows:

  • Humanitarian
  • Ecological
  • Educational
  • Health
  • Public Sector
  • Commercial
  • Digital Economy
  • Localization
  • Accessibility
  • Security
  • Identity and Privacy
  • Compliance

All programmes will be related to at least one other programme, and some programmes will be related to all, creating a programme infrastructure where the activities of any given programme inevitably make the platform as a whole stronger and avoid duplication of work elsewhere. For example, making Corteza Accessible touches on everything we do.

At the moment, we’re crafting an official “purpose” for each programme with the above considerations in mind. These purposes will be voted upon by the Corteza Board of Directors before being formally adopted by the project.

The Corteza project will be free forever to anyone with access to the internet. Our community culture will necessarily be global, emphasizing the interconnectivity and cause-and-effect relationship between everyone, irrespective of their background. Corteza programmes exist to allow us structure our activity so that we drive this global conscience and so that everyone wins. Your positive contributions will be welcomed with open arms and, as my colleague, Mia Arh, states, there’s so much more to a technology project than coding.

Interested in checking out Corteza right now? Head over to https://latest.cortezaproject.org and sign up to the community server that runs on Corteza!

The Public Sector Case for Corteza – Secure Private Cloud Record-Keeping and Engagement

Before Corteza came along, have government and public sector IT departments ever had 100% independent Digital Work Platforms upon which they could operate? I don’t know the answer to this question, but if deployed examples are a fair measure, then the answer is that little if any choice previously existed. Backed by the Commons Conservancy Foundation and with a truly modern feature set and architecture, Corteza is one such private cloud solution.

The public sector case for implementing Corteza is clear:

  1. The business of governing is often the business of record-keeping. Corteza offers the most flexible open source records-based management system available, allowing your organisation to scale up to all manner of requirements.
  2. Standardised data formats ensure optimum cross-system compatibility. Your data will never be locked into a software vendor again and tax payer revenue will never again have to fund expensive migrations.
  3. With Corteza CRM, you get all the power of an enterprise class CRM at a fraction of the cost. Relationships should be built on the most trustworthy platform available.
  4. Corteza Low Code allows you to build as many individual records-based applications as you wish. Even better, you can execute imports and automations between these applications.
  5. Designed to scale, Corteza can be used to service entire populations. Citizen engagement has never been easier nor more secure.
  6. Corteza One delivers the tools to build your digital independence gradually. The 100% open architecture and standardised identity management portfolio integrates seamlessly with well known public clouds while simultaneously allowing you to build a private cloud of applications with more sensitive data security and privacy requirements.
  7. An upcoming mature implementation of LibreOffice Online (https://cortezaproject.org/cib-and-crust-technology-announce-partnership-to-create-the-libreoffice-online-corteza-distribution/) means that sensitive documents can be securely created, edited and stored within the Corteza platform and all in your preferred formats.
  8. Corteza Messaging is a state-of-the-art, private cloud solution with a familiar look and feel and designed to be simple to use. Extending real-time communications beyond your firewall to external users and customers improves interaction and feedback, allowing your organisation to deliver the most dynamic service level possible.
  9. Public infrastructure should be owned and managed with the public in mind. Corteza, the Digital Work Platform for Humanity, is mandated by the Commons Conservancy to operate in the public interest.

See the project for yourself at https://latest.cortezaproject.org.

With a university degree in Social Science, much of my early adult life was spent debating the equalities and inequalities of life with my fellow students. Admittedly, I wasn’t the student with the most erudite or succinct points of view (and probably never will be!), but one thing became crystal clear to me: While social inclusion can be the goal, it’s often useful to think of it as a discipline and responsibility to be constantly maintained and improved. Exclusion can be structural, but inclusion can be too.

When forming the board of directors of the Corteza project, we went out of our way to ensure that the board had a majority of women. We also recruited a proud member of the LGBT community. We set the bar high, with the criteria of prior proven leadership in their field being compulsory. In the end, we achieved our goal, something which is startlingly rare in open source projects – a board of directors not dominated by men.

However, let’s face it, though it’s a step in the right direction, this is still not a 100% socially diverse board. We have more work to do with regards to casting the net wider in our recruitment efforts. As Corteza attracts wider and wider audiences we intend to profit from this exposure and fulfill our responsibility.

Next on the agenda for the Corteza project is to recruit Chairs for our outreach programmes. These are roles which determine how the overall Corteza project meshes together from a strategic perspective and include the following categories:

  • Humanitarian
  • Ecological
  • Health
  • Locali(s)(z)ation
  • Accessibility
  • Commercial
  • Public Sector
  • Educational
  • Identity & Privacy
  • Compliance
  • Security
  • Digital Economy

Once again, we intend to drive diversity of representation among the programme Chairs and, once again, we will only recruit those who have proven credentials relevant to the specific programme in question. This is a voluntary role and the “give” is one hour of your advice per month to help determine a programme strategy and keep it on track.

If you think you or someone you know might fit the description, please don’t hesitate in reaching out to me here on LinkedIn or sign up to https://latest.cortezaproject.org and open a conversation with me there.