And welcome to FOLIO! You certainly don’t have to be affiliated with an organization to take part. The price of entry is just to show up. As with any open source project, how and where you might contribute depends on your skills, interest, and time.
Some thoughts about how to contribute. At the moment, whole big chunks of the system are being built outright, and lots of things don’t exist yet. That can make it daunting to figure out how to get involved. Some good ways to get started:
Sign up for the Slack team and follow the Discuss site (see links here: http://dev.folio.org/community/). Don’t be afraid of asking questions. You’ll start to get to know the people, and figure out what’s being worked on. Following along in the issue tracker can also help.
Follow the webcasts and consider getting on some of the group calls… you’ll see announcements in various places. The regular forum updates are a good way to get snapshots of the ‘big picture’ of where things are and where they’re headed.
Play with the code. Think about what aspects or areas are of particular interest to you. Where might you like to get involved.
Again, don’t be afraid of asking questions. It’s a friendly community, and someone will try to steer you in the right direction. Spend some time at http://dev.folio.org and share your thoughts!
I look forward to getting to know you!