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  • Launch of the State of Open Source Survey

    OpenLogic by Perforce and the Open Source Initative (OSI) are collaborating on a new survey exploring the state of open source software.

    The survey, which will gather insights and identify trends on the adoption and challenges of using open source technologies, is now live and is open to all industry professionals working with open source software in their organizations. 

    Open source software plays a prominent role in most organizations’ software infrastructure and applications. The building blocks of today’s software development and operation are all based on open source software, and the rapid growth and adoption of open source software means organizations need to stay current with trends and challenges in using today’s most popular open source technologies.

    In the 2022 State of Open Source Survey, OpenLogic and OSI will gather information about the use of open source software, the level of open source maturity and strategy within organizations, and the larger trends shaping the open source ecosystem.

    To all OSI members, collaborators, users, and contributors to open source, we invite you to share your perspective in this important under 10-minute survey. There will be one lucky winner receiving a $200 gift card for completing the survey. The closing date for the survey responses and prize draw entries is January 7th 2022. The results from the survey will be published in the 2022 State of Open Source report at the end of January 2022.

    Get Ready!

    Javier Perez

    Chief OSS Evangelist

    OpenLogic by Perforce



  • Take action to protect Open Source today

    If you care for Open Source, you must protect it and here is your chance to do something about it. Two things, actually. And one won’t cost you anything.

    At OSI, we love open source software and open source communities— and so we protect them.

    For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, our membership champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

    I hope you are reading this today because you agree with those ideals. Here is your task (two, really): no superhero or demigod powers are required.

    First, join the OSI

    Or renew your membership during our 2021 Membership Drive. Being an OSI member is a great way to directly support the mission of OSI while becoming more involved in open source community development and advocacy. You aren’t just helping one open source project—you’re helping all open source projects! 

    We have 2 individual levels of participation to choose from:

    1. Full Membership - For $40 per year, you support the OSI programs that define standards for open source definitions across different licensing models. You also have voting privileges that allow you to shape those programs in achieving the OSI mission.

    2. NEW Free Limited Membership - Not everyone can provide financial support, but we want your participation, too! Voting privileges are not included at this level, but you do receive the cool digital member badge to show your support of OSI. The Member badge is built uniquely for each member: after you sign up, a script generates a SVG file based on your name. Check the Membership Drive page for more details.

    OSI membership badge

    Of course, Affiliate Memberships and Corporate Sponsorships are also available. Contact us at sponsors@opensource.org to find out more about how your organization can promote open source development, communities and software.

    Second, help us reach our goal

    We'd love to sign up 300 new and renewing members in 30 days! Share this message with your friends, family and colleagues, and encourage them to sign up as well. 

    Join the OSI during our Fall Membership Campaign, and show your support by providing the resources to defend #opensource licensing: https://t.co/RmzzEytguK

    — OpenSourceInitiative (@OpenSourceOrg) November 21, 2021

    That’s it: two simple but impactful ways that you show your support for open source.

    Thank you for your support of OSI. Only with a strong and active member base can we continue in our role as the internationally recognized nexus of trust, the foundation for, and authority in open source software. So, join today and share your support of open source software on your favorite social networks.



  • Open Source Initiative: October News & Updates

    A note from the Executive Director

    I consider myself lucky to have witnessed open source changing the world, watching it go from a niche revolutionary idea to owning a place just about everywhere in everyday life. 

    It spread because of the principles it embeds: Non discrimination, fairness, collaboration, community and innovation. These principles of open source were written in the Open Source Definition to simplify our way of interacting with the digital world.

    There’s much we can accomplish together as a community; it was great to jump right in with the Practical Open Source Information event. For now, know that I’m committed to open communication, and ready to hear any questions, concerns or ideas you have. Book an appointment for an informal chat during office hours on Fridays.

    I hope to meet with you soon!
    Stefano Maffulli

    In this month’s Open Source Initiative Newsletter:

    • Practical Open Source Information Event update
    • Meet Betsy Waliszewski, Director of Sustainability
    • OSI 2021 Board seated
    • Sponsor Updates
    • New affiliate: Teckids e.V.
    • More news from our Affiliate members

    Practical Open Source Information Event Update:

    With over 300 attendees and 30 speakers, our half-day event on Sept. 16 served as a valuable forum for community members to come together and discuss a wide range of pressing issues affecting open source practitioners everywhere. More from Interim Director Deb Nicholson here.

    Missed it? Stay tuned for recordings and posts from the sessions.

    Meet our new Director of Sustainability

    Betsy Waliszewski is another recent addition to the OSI team, serving as Director of Sustainability. She’s in charge of our fundraising efforts and sharpening up our communications with stakeholders in the open source community.

    Waliszewski comes to OSI after many years in the open source community. Some of you may have met her during her 16 years with O’Reilly Media, the longtime organizational host of OSCON (RIP.) Others may have known her from a six-year stint at the Python Software Foundation where she served as Sponsorship Coordinator and Administrator. 

    Learn more about her plans as the OSI’s new Director of Sustainability.

    OSI 2021 Board Seated

    Join us in welcoming new and returning board members:

    • Aeva Black, Azure Office of the CTO's Open Source Ecosystem team, new Individual member.
    • Catharina Maracke, a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in public licensing models, new Individual member.
    • Thierry Carrez, VP of Engineering, Open Infrastructure Foundation, new Affiliate Board Member.
    • Hong Phuc Dang, FOSSASIA founder, formerly served as Vice President, returning as Individual member.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's board election. We especially appreciate everyone who took the time to run for the OSI board; your willingness to serve is one of the things that makes the open source community such an amazing place to collaborate.
    Our next election takes place early next year, with two Individual seats and one Affiliate seat opening up.

    Sponsor Updates

    Interested in sponsoring, or partnering with, the OSI? Please see our 2021 Sponsorship Prospectus and the 2020 Annual ReportContact us to find out more about how your company can promote open source development, communities and software.

    Huge shoutout to all of our new Sponsors:

    Maintainer                Supporter                               Partner

    Camunda                 Perforce Software                  Blindside
    GitHub                                                                       SauceLabs
    Microsoft

    Community

    Anvil                               DrivenCoffee                      Miro-Kredit AG
    CrossCompute              Erlang Solutions               Word Unscrambler
    Devrella                         LoadView Testing

    Special thanks to POSI Sponsors:

    OSI Welcomes New Affiliate Member: Teckids e.V. 

    Teckids e.V. is joining OSI as an Affiliate Member. Based in Germany, the organization focuses on providing free software resources and tools for students and educators. Teckids also holds events and workshops to raise awareness for teamwork and democracy. Learn more about Teckids.

    Updates from Affiliate Organizations

    Check out events, news and more from our affiliates.

    Contact us for feedback or stories to share.



  • Open Source is a Relay Race: Reflections from our Outgoing Interim General Manager

    I've been an individual member and occasional volunteer of the OSI for a long time, but signing on in August 2020 as Interim General Manager was a jump into the deep end. Much of OSI's past work was informed by the connections and conversations held with members and stakeholders in person, so we had to chart a different path while still grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    My challenge was to look for ways to continue our work during lockdown, keep the organization moving forward through a transitional year and support the board on its journey towards a visioning body that works with a staff-driven organization. Now it’s time to hand things over to our new Executive Director, Stefano Maffulli but first I’d like to recap my time spent in navigating these waters.

     

    Staffing at small non-profits is always a combination of strategy and luck. This spring, I was fortunate to be able to bring in the amazing Betsy Waliszewski as our Director of Sustainability. The Board also organized and conducted a thoughtful and thorough Executive Director search (with great results!). As part of OSI's preparation to become a more staff-driven organization, we solidified the kind of workplace that OSI will be -- humane, generous and respectful. I met with OSI stakeholders to talk about what we could offer open source practitioners in this new era. With the help of Program Associate Valdimir Bejdo, we hosted a new, tightly-focused, virtual event full of actionable and practical open source information, POSI

                

    In all of these challenges, I was buoyed by OSI's part-time staffers, an excellent, hard-working team dedicated to OSI's growth. It was a tough year and everyone looked for ways to make things easier for each other while still serving the community. Our volunteer Board was lovely and supportive -- they have deep knowledge of the open source landscape and are crafting an exciting vision for OSI's next few years. I also want to thank Patrick Masson for all his support in handing the OSI off to me for this transitional year.

     

    After everything that we learned about transitions, Stefano and I scheduled a whole month to make onboarding as smooth as possible. This past year was a big one for working through some of OSI's technical debt (the other kind of legacy typical of older organizations) and I feel that I'm leaving things a bit clearer and more thoroughly documented than I found them. I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish in my year here and I can confidently say that I'm leaving the organization in great hands. 

     

    I'm leaving OSI but will still be active in the free and open source software community. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at in-person events again (eventually) and at many online events like SeaGL and the CROSS Research Symposium or on upcoming video calls where we're collaborating to build a robust, diverse, welcoming and sustainable future for open source practitioners and advocates. 

     

    As I step down from my year as the Interim General Manager, I'm proud to remain a friend and individual supporting member of the OSI.



  • Updates from OSI Affiliate members (Sept. 2021)

    Below are updates, news and event information from some of our Affiliate Members.

    OpenProject

    Free and open source project management software.

    JOOMLA (Open Source Matters)
    A free and open source, mobile-ready and user-friendly way to build your website

    • Joomla 4.0 and Joomla 3.10 are here! After 9 years of hard work by our volunteers, we are proud to announce the release of our new major version, Joomla 4.0, alongside Joomla 3.10, known as “the bridge”. Joomla enables website creators to create powerful websites, where maintaining its content is easy and seamless. Build a beautiful, scalable website that will grow with your business.

    KDE

    25 Years of Bringing Free Software to the People

    • Within the FLOSS community, KDE is probably best known for its powerful and versatile Plasma desktop environment. Outside the Open Source bubble, KDE is known for its world-class apps, from creativity-boosting programs for artists and filmmakers, to educational software used by millions for children, as well as a never-ending stream of frameworks, IDEs and utilities that provide devs worldwide with the means to create applications for any platform.

    OpenInfra Foundation

    An open source foundation supporting a global community to build and operate open infrastructure software

    • Join us for OpenInfra Live: Keynotes, a two day special edition of OpenInfra Live for you to meet the newest players to the open infrastructure space, interact with leaders of open source projects like OpenStack and Kubernetes to hear how the projects are supporting OpenInfra use cases like hybrid cloud, gain insight into public cloud economics and the role open source technologies play, and celebrate as we announce this year’s Superuser Awards winner. This will be the one time everyone will be coming together this year. Come interact with the global OpenInfra community—Live on November 17 - 18 at 9am CT/1500 UTC!

    OpenForum Europe

    A not-for-profit, Brussels-based independent think tank which explains the merits of openeness in computing across Europe

    • The European Commission just published a landmark study on the impact of Open Source on the European economy (which was conducted together with Fraunhofer ISI). The study recommends setting up Open Source Program Offices in European governments and providing more official funding towards OS. It found that if there was a 10% increase in OS contributions in the EU, the region would see additional €100 billion in its yearly GDP.

    Brandeis GPS

    Graduate Professional Studies offering fully online open source microcourses

    • Take part in a micro-course at Brandeis University and join your fellow peers and collaborators in a program endorsed by the OSI. The Open Source Technology Management program consists of six non-credit four-week micro-courses that can be accessed in any order with a seamless path to collect digital badges, earn a full-program certificate and the option to earn graduate-level credit. The next micro-course, Establish an Open Source Program Office, starts on October 18. To learn more, please visit their website or contact the Brandeis corporate team at partnerships@brandeis.edu.

    The Xerte Project

    Provide high quality free software to educators all over the world

    • The Xerte Project is delighted to announce the release of Xerte v3.10, with a heap of new features and enhancements. See the release notes, download from https://xerte.org.uk. The recordings from our Xerte21 event are available here. Xerte is used by thousands of tutors around the world, and the content they create reaches millions of learners.

    Open Research Institute

    Non-profit research and development organization, provides their work to the general public under the principles of Open Source and Open Access to Research

    • Open Research Institute, Inc. is the co-host of the upcoming IEEE Information Theory Chapter Event "Space and Satellite Symposium - The Role of Information Theory in Space with Special Emphasis on Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite" to be held 30 October 2021 8am-12pm US Pacific. The event features open source and open access work in the space and satellite field. Register for free and if you are interested in presenting, please read through the call for participation.
    • On 2 September, 2021, Open Research Institute, received an advisory opinion from US Commerce Department BIS.The letter confirmed that posting information on the internet so that it is available to the public means that open source amateur satellite communications work is not subject to the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). Michelle Thompson, ORI CEO, highlighted the value of the work for the amateur radio satellite service and also placed the results in a broader context. "This is a significant regulatory success for open source amateur satellite work and open source in general."
    • All documents and links to presentations about the work are freely available on github. Ms. Thompson continued with appreciation for the team. "Thank you to those who have supported and assisted ORI during the many stages of this successful regulatory endeavor. Making a successful argument requires competence, persistence, and patience. ORI will build upon this work moving forward in order to advance the aims and purposes of open source amateur radio work."

    Drupal

    Free and open-source web content management system

    • The Drupal Core Contribution Coordinators, supported by the Drupal Association, are holding their first Mentor Summit, to help train more mentors introducing contribution to Drupal, on 17th September. More details.
    • DrupalCon Europe 2021 has just released its schedule for the event, taking place 4-7th October online. See the full schedule.

    TODO Group

    An open group of organizations who want to collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source projects

    CAVO

    Mission to develop and make available open voting systems for use in public elections

    TikiWiki

    Free and open source Wiki-based content management system and online office suite

    Breathing Games

    Community of heath care professionals and open source developers collaborating to transform breathing therapy into games

    Sysarmy

    Provides comprehensive cybersecurity solutions

    • OSI affiliate sysarmy is organizing the 8th edition of nerdear.la, our yearly conference for nerds in Latin America. Last year’s event included 30,000 people registering to 130+ talks and workshops entirely for free and featured keynotes from legends such as Alan Kay, Brian Kernighan and Jon "Maddog" Hall.
      This year’s event (Oct 20-23) will have over 150+ sessions and workshops and will have even more legendary keynote speakers. More information on Nerdear.la official website.

    OpenUK

    Represents the business of Open in the UK

    • OpenUK Kids Camp is back for a second year and this year has made 5000 OpenUK Gloves inspired by MiMu, making an open source based sustainable glove. 3800 gloves are available to individuals, schools and community groups, and 1200 are complete with microbit two and reserved for digitally excluded young people to help break down the digital divide. The second OpenUK Kids Camp will begin on 4 October and each Episode has been inspired by one of the 10 Open Source Definitions and additionally teaches coding in Make Code, Python and Java. Each Lesson is accompanied by an ezine to support the learning with educational content on individuals working in open source, Foundations, open data, belonging and sustainability. The content is all creative commons and free to use. Order a glove if you are in the UK or take a look at the Camp content from last year, and this year’s as it is shared at openuk.uk/openkidscamp #openkidscamp.
    • The third and final phase of OpenUK’s report which established the UK’s leading position in open source software, as number one in Europe with up to 43.15bn per annum in contribtuion to GDP in phase one, then shared the output of a survey demonstrating 89% of UK businesses run open source software, will look at the Values of open source in the UK and be shared on 13 October. You can see Phases one and two at openuk.uk/stateofopen
    • OpenUK will be hosting the Open Technology for Sustainability Day at the Skypark Fringe within the Security Cordon at COP26 on 11 November. The event will be for circa 200 in person delegates and content will be shared in two tracks across two domes, with the main dome content being live streamed. Booking details and the agenda for the day will be shared at openuk.uk/sustainability in early October. The event will be keynoted by the Hon Francis Maude, Lord Maude of Horsham, the instigator of GDS and the UK’s world leading policies on open source in the public sector, which have been replicated across the globe and is sponsored by Red Hat who will lead a session on collaboration. OpenUK’s Award presentation will be conducted in the evening from the stage at COP26 in a hybrid ceremony with 100 face to face attendees and 150 digital attendees.