Open Source Initiative blogs

  1. OSI at OSCON 2015

    Once again the OSI and our Board of Directors will be at OSCON. Just like in years past, the OSI will again be strongly represented with presentations form our Board Directors, Affiliate Members and Individual Members, a booth in the Expo Hall and even a dedicated session on how to use OSI's resources to change the open source world.

    Here are just a few suggestions of activities to help make your OSCON educational, inspirational and fun while supporting the OSI:

    OSI Special Session

    "How to use OSI's resources to change the open source world
    Deborah Bryant (Open Source Initiative & Red Hat) & Simon Phipps (Open Source Initiative & Wipro)
    10:00am–10:40am Friday, 07/24/2015
    Do you have a great idea for how the open source world could be a better place? Would you like the resources and mentors to make it real? Since 2012, OSI has been transforming into a member organisation and it has now reached the stage where it has a member-elected Board and a General Manager ready to empower change.

    OSI Board Director Sessions

    Keynote
    They're here. Now what? Keynote
    Allison Randal (Open Source Initiative & Hewlett-Packard)
    The early days of the open source movement were all about creating an approachable on-ramp to software freedom. We focused strongly on the practical benefits of free software and refined the message, hoping to help the professional software sector better understand what we’d been saying since 1983. We succeeded to such an extent that modern open source is characterized by active use, participation, and contributions, from the largest Fortune 50 software giants to the smallest Silicon Valley startups and everything in between. Success in our first goal doesn’t mean we’re done, it only means we’re due to clearly define the next phase of open source. The potential of what we might accomplish, using the resources of the entire software industry, is both inspiring and daunting. Will we live up to that potential?

    General Session
    Fear of failing fast: How to avoid sabotaging your success
    Leslie Hawthorn (Open Source Initiative & Elastic)
    While it’s easy to pay lip service to the idea of innovating by failing fast, humans are both neurally geared and financially incentivized to avoid failure. We’ve all heard the tales of woe: blameless reviews that were anything but blameless; encouragement to work on an experimental project with punishment being the primary result of its failure; and the associated fear of doing anything new, speculative or untried. The results are simple: individuals, teams, and companies that stagnate slowly. So how can we create an environment that makes failing fast safe for the participants and their organizations? In this talk, we’ll cover key strategies for creating an environment that fosters rapid innovation in your organization.

    OSI in the Expo Hall

    Be sure to come by the OSI's booth at the Non-profit Pavilion in the Expo Hal. While you're there also please visit our Affiliate Members:
    • DemocracyLab: DemocracyLab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aspiring to revolutionize the nature of political dialogue. We're developing open source software tools to help communities identify problems, construct solutions, make decisions, and take collaborative action.
    • The Document Foundation: The Document Foundation is an open, independent, self-governing, non-profit organization. Its objective is to develop Free/Libre and Open Source office software, based on open standards, through an independent, meritocratic community and international collaboration. The community develops LibreOffice, continuing and building on ten years of dedicated work by the OpenOffice.org community.
    • Drupal: Drupal is an open source content management platform that empowers individuals, teams, and communities to easily publish, manage and organize web content. Tens of thousands of organizations use Drupal to power millions of community web portals, corporate web sites, social networking sites, personal web sites or blogs, applications and much more. It's built, used and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.
    • FreeBSD: The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3), US based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, promoting, and building the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. The Foundation gratefully accepts donations from individuals and businesses, using them to fund and manage projects, sponsor FreeBSD events, Developer Summits and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers.
    • Linuxfest Northwest: LinuxFest Northwest is presented by volunteers from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, and draws hundreds of attendees from around the region. It features internationally recognized speakers from well-known open source projects, as well as a variety of interesting exhibits and demonstrations. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.
    • Mautic: Mautic provides free and open source marketing automation. Every business or organization regardless of their size now has access to the most powerful lead nurturing, lead generation, email marketing, campaign management, asset management software available. Download Mautic and install on your own server for a completely private and totally secure marketing platform. Integrate Mautic with an unlimited number of other systems through a solid API. Unlimited leads, unlimited emails, unlimited users, unlimited integrations at no cost.
    • Mozilla Foundation: The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. We promote the values of an open Internet to the broader world. Mozilla is best known for the Firefox browser, but we advance our mission through other software projects, grants and engagement and education efforts such as Mozilla Webmaker.
    • OW2: OW2 is an independent industry community dedicated to developing open source code infrastructure (middleware and generic applications) and to fostering a vibrant community and business ecosystem. The OW2 Consortium hosts some one hundred technology projects, including ASM, Bonita, CLIF, CompatibleOne, DocDoku, Emerginov, erOCCI, JOnAS, JORAM, Lutece, Nanoko, OpenCloudware, OpenPaas, ProActive, SpagoBI, Talend Studio, WebLab, XLcloud , XWiki.

    OSI Former Board Director Sessions

    Building and running an open source programs office
    Chris DiBona (Google)

    OSI Premium Sponsor Sessions

    Facebook
    Database reliability engineering, modernizing the DBA role, Charity Majors

    Google
    Building and running an open source programs office, Will Norris
    Coding in the FLOW: Structuring your development session to promote a state of flow, Caskey Dickson
    Debugging Teams, Ben Collins-Sussman
    Handle your design conundrums with modern Python design patterns, Alex Martelli
    High adventures in sniffing my own metadata, Josh Deprez
    Java-based microservices, containers, Kubernetes - how to, Ray Tsang
    Stop writing Javascript frameworks, Joseph Gregorio

    Hewlett-Packard
    CoreOS DNA on Debian, Patrick Galbraith
    Developing and deploying cloud native apps on Cloud Foundry and OpenStack with HP Helion, Rajeev Pandey
    Introduction to developing embedded Linux device drivers, Nick Gudman
    OpenStack basics -- featuring HP Helion OpenStack, Christopher Cannon

    IBM
    Open Source Lynchpins in 2015: the Anti-Venom to Vendor Lock-in, Angel Diaz
    Design, culture, and transformation: Our journey so far, Phil Gilbert
    Zero to light speed - performance of containers and hypervisors in cloud, Andrew Hately
    Offline-first mobile web apps with PouchDB, IBM Cloudant, and IBM Bluemix, Bradley Holt
    Open source design: A love story, Una Kravets
    Open source era of innovation- taking over the world of cloud applications - one at a time, Andrew Hately & Jason McGee
    Case studies in success: Exploiting the open source Linux ecosystem to drive rapid innovation and higher value, Jim Wasko

    OSI Sponsor Sessions

    NGINX
    Welcome and introductions: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Opening Welcome Keynote, Sarah Novotny
    Connecting and deploying microservices at scale with nginx, Nick Shadrin

    Twitter
    Building and running an open source programs office, Chris Aniszczyk
    Creating an open source office: Lessons from Twitter, Chris Aniszczyk
    Scala at scale at Twitter, Travis Brown

    We hope you'll attend a session, stop by our booth in the Expo Hall, or just say , "Hi" at one of the great social events. See you in Portland!

  2. The Open Information Security Foundation Joins Open Source Initiative as Affiliate Member

    Affiliation highlights commitment to open source technologies and the communities that keep them thriving.

    June 28, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) today announced that The Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) has been accepted as an Affiliate Member. “The OSI is excited to welcome OISF,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager and Director at the OSI. "Just as we're seeing with open source software projects, more and more organizations are looking for support from mature, robust and relevant security communities. The OISF and the open source technologies they support are ready to help and we're happy to promote their good work."

    The OISF is led by world-class security experts, programmers, and others dedicated to open source security technologies. Their esteemed Board of Directors is elected by the global community and is comprised of members from organizations across the United States, Europe, and Asia.OISF engages directly with their member community though working groups, mailing lists, training events, and annual user conferences. Their mission of building community and innovative open source security technologies can be seen through all their efforts. For over eight years, the OISF's commitment to open source security technologies and the communities of practice that enable them has been unwavering.

    "We are thrilled to join the OSI community and look forward to not only growing our community, but also in participating with the other affiliate organizations who share our passion for open source projects." Kelley Misata, Executive Director of OISF

    The OSI Affiliate Member Program, available at no-cost, allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join and support our mission to promote and protect open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. Affiliate Members participate directly in the direction and development of the OSI through Board of Director elections as well as incubator projects and working groups that support the open source movement. OSI membership provides a forum where some of the world's most successful open source software leaders, projects, businesses and communities engage through member-driven initiatives to, not only raise awareness and adoption of open source software, but also to extend and improve their own open source efforts through co-creation, collaboration and community. For more information about the OSI Affiliate Member Program and how your organization can join, see: http://opensource.org/affiliates.

    About The Open Information Security Foundation
    The Open Information Security Foundation (OISF) is a non-profit foundation organized to build a next generation IDS/IPS engine. The OISF has formed a multi-national group of the leading software developers in the security industry. In addition to developers and a consortium consisting of leading cyber security companies, OISF has engaged the open source security community to identify current and future IDS/IPS needs and desires. For more information, visit: http://oisf.net/.

    About The Open Source Initiative
    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, please visit: http://opensource.org.

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  3. OSI Welcomes Summer Interns

    The Open Source Initiative is excited to welcome three summer interns who will be helping us and our Affiliate Members with a variety of projects. The goal of the OSI Internship Program is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about open source software and its development as well as how individuals and organizations are participating within open source communities of practices. The program is designed to replicate how successful open source projects and their contributors work: where self-motivated, self-directed users and developers find specific areas of interest and then contribute their own ideas, skills and experiences.

    Recognizing successful open source projects need a variety of "developers" to create everything from code to community, the OSI Internship Program seeks participants from across academic disciplines--Business, Communications, Sociology, Informatics, and of course Computer Science to name a few--the program seeks to provide real life experiences common across open source projects and the communities that support them, giving students first hand experiences as well as opportunities to work with some of the most influential projects and people in open source software and the technology sector.

    This summer's interns are...

      Adityan Ajit
    Hey, my name is Adityan Ajit. I’m a third-year undergraduate at SUNY Albany dual majoring in Biology and Computer Science. I’m interested in the applicability of the open-source model, particularly when it comes to research and academia. I’m part of a bioinformatics research group exploring positive selection in the human lineage of a locus of genes called protamines, and I’m also part of a “Rare-Disease Hackathon” where we are trying to help build a diagnostic search-engine for rare diseases. As a career I want to be able to utilize both of my fields of knowledge, and develop web-tools for bioinformaticians.


      Bryan Doss
    I am an undergraduate at the University at Albany pursuing a double major in accounting and IT management, with a minor in computer science. The opportunities at the Open Source Initiative are very exciting to me. Current interests include open source business models: how open source software helps/hurts business development, products and services, how open source software and development affects project management and business operations. I would be interested in doing analysis related projects.


      Dillon Eggleston
    Hello. My name is Dillon Eggleston and I am a senior that is graduating in December of this year. I am going to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Information Sciences with a concentration in Cyber Security from the State University at Albany. I have done a great deal of projects ranging from creating a mock database plan to writing up business plans with a work breakdown structure, along with creating my own website and hacking a computer system. I would like to work in the Cyber Security field predominantly while potentially doing some other IT work. I am very interested in the security behind the open source community and its software.


  4. Open Source Initiative Extends Affiliate Program to Higher Education

    Recognizing the growth of open source software within higher education information technology, the OSI has expanded their community Affiliate Memberships to colleges and universities.

    June 22, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Driven by the promise of reduced costs, increased pace of innovation, community-driven development and shared services, institutions of higher education are increasingly moving to open source software solutions. In order to help colleges and universities across the globe maximize their opportunities through participation in both the development of open source software as well as the communities of practice which support those projects, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced at the 2015 Open Apereo Conference, the extension of the non-profit's popular Affiliate Member Program.

    Affiliate membership is the ideal way for institutions of higher education to support the mission of the OSI and contribute to the continued awareness and adoption of open source software, while growing their own local open source software initiatives, portfolios and communities on campus and across higher education. In addition to the Apereo Foundation, other current OSI Affiliates include: Creative Commons, Drupal Association, LibreOffice, Linux Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Wikimedia and WordPress Foundation to name a few.

    OSI General Manager Patrick Masson made the announcement during his general session presentation at the Apereo Foundation's OpenApereo Conference. “The OSI is excited to welcome the higher education community which already has a tradition of collaboration, peer-review, co-creation and sharing. Apereo represents nearly 100 institutions of higher education internationally and is doing amazing work across the open source landscape, not only supporting 10+ projects but also fostering engagement at both the campus and even system level. The OSI can compliment these efforts and extend the resources available to institutions participating in open source.”

    The OSI Affiliate Member Program, available at no-cost, invites non-profit and not-for-profit organizations to directly participate in the direction and development of the OSI through Board of Directors elections as well as incubator projects and working groups that support the open source movement. Affiliate members engage with some of the world's most successful open source software leaders, projects, businesses and communities through member driven initiatives to, not only raise awareness and adoption of open source software, but also to extend and improve their own open source efforts through co-creation, collaboration and community.

    "There is much to do to help higher education understand and realize the benefits of open source software" said Ian Dolphin, Apereo Foundation Executive Director, " Apereo values it's partnership with the OSI, and welcomes this initiative as helping deepen and sustain conversations around the real value of openness and open source software for the sector."

    Of particular value for colleges and universities that join the OSI as Affiliate members are variety of higher education-focused resources: a catalog of materials and references to help administrators, IT departments, faculty, staff and students realize success with open source software, development and communities; OSI sponsorship of local campus-driven working groups and initiatives related to open source; and of course, partnerships with peer institutions, other open source organizations and experts from a variety of fields.

    Campuses interested in learning more about the expanded Affiliate Member Program can visit the OSI website at http://opensource.org/affiliates or contact the OSI directly via opensource.org/contact.

    About Apereo
    The Apereo Foundation was formed by the merger of Jasig and the Sakai Foundation in late December 2012. Sakai and Jasig had pioneered the production and adoption of open source software for higher education for over ten years. Apereo will take that work further, providing a more rational and improved organizational umbrella for a range of projects and software communities serving higher education. The core mission of the Foundation is to "assist and facilitate educational organizations which collaborate to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research.” Learn more at www.apereo.org.

    About the Open Source Initiative
    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (http://opensource.org) protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. As the steward of the Open Source Definition, the OSI is recognized internationally as the sole standards body for certifying open source licenses and preventing abuse of the open source concept by bad actors. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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  5. Open Source Initiative & LibreItalia Partner to Raise Adoption of Free and Open Source Software

    Innovative approach introduces LibreOffice to new computer users, and in doing so, the benefits of open source software and communities globally.

    June 15, 2015 - The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) announced today that Associazione LibreItalia, a non-profit organization working to reduce the digital divide and tear down barriers to digital citizenship throughout Italy, has joined the internationally recognized steward of open source as an Affiliate Member.

    LibreItalia represents a large and growing community, working to introduce free and open source software through the use of the LibreOffice desktop productivity suite. LibreOffice is often the first open source application installed on a new user's personal computer and the introduction for many users to the wider world of open source software. As such, LibreItalia serves a critical role in educating digital citizens in the value and importance of software freedom, not only personally but within businesses and government as well. LibreItalia enjoys the support of almost 200 active members, from a community of 3,000+ individuals.

    "Associazione LibreItalia shares the Open Source Initiative's vision, and believes in the same principles of education, advocacy and promotion of open source software," said Italo Vignoli, Honorary President of Associazione LibreItalia. "By joining the OSI, Associazione LibreItalia strengthens its position in Italy as one of the most active organizations in the free software environment, especially when dealing with the Italian government."

    "Associazione LibreItalia is the Italian home of LibreOffice, and as such represents one of the largest and most dynamic free software communities," added Vignoli. "LibreItalia promotes community building, education and advocacy, marketing and communication for the use of free software in public and government affairs.

    "According to the OSI's Affiliate Member Program Chair and Board Director, Simon Phipps, “Office suites are among the most well known kinds of software that people use day-by-day and LibreItalia is showing how, starting from specific but very important software like LibreOffice, an organization can engage the general public and public administrations at all levels to explain the benefits of Free and Open Source Software.”

    Phipps continued, “We are happy LibreItalia is joining the OSI as an affiliate and we encourage other organizations to take inspiration from their activities in other countries around the world.” The Affiliate Member Program allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations to actively engage in the direction and development of the OSI.

    Membership allows any non-profit community, organization or institution—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join the OSI in support of it’s mission to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. The current OSI affiliate membership is a who's-who of the world of open source software. The Affiliate Member Program is available to non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies. For more information about the OSI Affiliate Member Program and how your organization can join, see: http://opensource.org/affiliates

    About Associazione LibreItalia
    Associazione LibreItalia is the not for profit organization which aggregates all Italian advocates of LibreOffice, to promote the adoption of free office suites and the Open Document Format (ODF) standard in organizations of all sizes and kinds. The Board of Directors - in office for two years - is compsed of seven members: Sonia Montegiove, President; Marina Latini, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer; Giordano Alborghetti, Treasurer; Andrea Castellani, Alfredo Parisi, Gabriele Ponzo and Italo Vignoli, Councillors. Associazione LibreItalia website is located at http://www.libreitalia.it.

    About the Open Source Initiative
    Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, or to learn how to become an affiliate, please visit: http://opensource.org/affiliates.

    Media Contact
    Ed Schauweker
    ed@agilepr.net

 
 

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