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  1. Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance Joins Open Source Initiative

    Association highlights growth of open source software across industries and sectors

    Dec. 17, 2014 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Electronic Heath Records Alliance, or OSEHRA, a non-profit community dedicated to supporting open source users, developers, service providers, and researchers engaged in advancing health information technology, has joined the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Affiliate Membership program. OSI Affiliates are organizations committed to public support for open source software and the role the OSI plays therein. The current Affiliate membership is a who's-who of the world of open source software.

    OSEHRA’s mission, to build and support a vendor-neutral community for the creation, evolution, promotion and support of open source health IT software mirrors the values and approach of the OSI, making this an ideal relationship," said Patrick Masson, General Manager of the OSI. "I'm excited to learn from, and share with our other Affiliates, the experience and good practices OSEHRA has developed in building community and open source software."

    “We are pleased to be selected as an OSI Affiliate, especially as OSEHRA shares the same passion as OSI for the adoption of open source initiatives,” said Dr. Seong K. Mun, President of OSEHRA. “This partnership is certain to generate solutions to current issues and provide unique opportunities for future innovation.”

    OSI Affiliates include government-recognized non-profit charitable and not-for-profit industry associations, academic institutions (K12 & higher education) and user groups and communities, anywhere in the world. Learn more about the Program at: http://opensource.org/affiliates/about

    About the Open Source Electronic Health Records Alliance (OSEHRA)

    OSEHRA (http://www.osehra.org/) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software and related technology. Founded in 2011, OSEHRA is a rapidly growing open source community with over 2,700 registered members representing 160+ industry, academic, and government organizations. OSEHRA supports an open, collaborative community of users, developers, and researchers engaged in advancing electronic health record software and related health information technology. OSEHRA hosts software repositories for applications such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA electronic health record.  OSEHRA is a member of global industry associations including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Health Level 7 (HL7), and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).

    About the Open Source Initiative (OSI)

    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. The Open Source Initiative is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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  2. OSI 2014 Annual Report
    First, let me start off by thanking all of you in the open source software community for your tremendous support and help throughout my first year with the Open Source Initiative. It has been quite a transition for me, moving from the formality and conventionalism of institutions of higher education, to what in many ways feels like a start-up. I'm truly fortunate—the OSI and the open source software community are energetic, creative, smart and for me personally, motivational. I was honored to join the OSI in November 2013, thrilled to work with the Board and our members this year, and excited about the possibilities and opportunities in 2015.

    I also want to thank you for taking the time to review our first annual report. Indeed, the fact that we have published such a document highlights our emphasis for 2014 and one of the primary drivers for hiring a GM—developing sustainability to ensure continued service, and building capacity to support the growing open source software community.

    Throughout 2013 we have worked hard to improve our infrastructure, not just the technology systems that underlie our day-to-day operations and enable growth, but also the policies and processes that define the OSI and allow us to promote and protect the community.

    I'm proud of the work we have done over the last year and—with your support and help—look forward to continued success. Open source software is enjoying significant growth in adoption and participation across all industries: the OSI and I are ready to serve that growing and diverse community.

    The OSI is happy to share our 2014 Annual Report.

    Thank you for your continued interest,

    Patrick Masson,
    General Manager, Director & Secretary of the Board
    Email: masson@opensource.org

  3. November 2014 OSI Newsletter
    OSI Newsletter: November 2014
     

    November 2014 OSI Newsletter

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    Open Source Initiative

    ...formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

    Collaborate, Contribute, Co-create

    Autumn '14 Board Meeting

    The OSI Board met in San Francisco, CA USA on November 11th and 12th, 2014 with a focus on strengthening the organization's current outreach efforts and building new bridges between open source communities. The Board was excited to review five new applications for Affiliate Membership as well as implement several new initiatives to help drive Individual Membership through the recognition of various roles and levels of access among our community. This included new Individual Membership discounts for students, volunteers working on OSI supported activities, those already members of OSI Affiliate organizations, members of Free Software Foundation and complimentary memberships based on need.


    In addition, the Board was happy to review several new potential corporate sponosors.


    The social highlight of the week was an informal get-together with OSI members, affiliates and sponsors at a local watering hole. Several local open source community members attended, including from Apache Foundation, Creative Commons, FreeBSD, Google, HP, Linux Foundation, OpenHatch, Mozilla, Y Combinator, Wikimedia and Wordpress.

     
    New OSI Affiliates

    ADMB Foundation

    A foundation supporting the AD Model Builder, a powerful software package for the development of state-of-the-art nonlinear statistical models.


    BigBlueButton Foundation

    Fosters community and development for the BigBlueButton web conferencing system tuned for on-line learning. BigBlueButton enables sharing documents, webcams, chat, audio and your desktop.


    Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance

    OSEHRA serves as the hub of open source software efforts in the health information technology community.


    TYPO3

    Supports long-term development efforts of the TYPO3 content management platform and including organizing events, managing international standards, education and certification, as well as communication across the community.


    Wordpress Foundation

    A charitable organization founded to further the mission of the WordPress project: to democratize publishing software.

     
     
    Member Profile: Joseph Potvin
     

    MEMBER NAME

    Why is open source software important to you?


    My very first experience structuring and sharing an application the free/libre/open way was in 1999. I was working as a project manager at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where we planned and developed from scratch a richly-featured distributed decision workflow management application. Within months of posting the full version 1.0 online under the GPL we received an offer from The World Bank to send IDRC some funds to advance it with new functionality, enough that we called it version 2.0. Well, I've pursued my career in this way ever since, in both commercial and public sector roles. For a decade and a half as an economist and project manager, all of my professional work has been free/libre/open in motivation, substance and form. Shaped by that first experience, it's never been a mystery to me how to make a living the free/libre/open way. So I try to help others understand this too.


    Amongst the many insights I've gained from free/libre/open source software communities, perhaps the more critical is how to design for project resilience. That's to say: how to ensure that projects can outlast organizations, withstand austerity budgets, and bring coopetition into a highly competitive playing field. I'm busy applying this way of working within other domains besides software. But these always include one or two subprojects to extend or refine various free/libre/open source software applications.


    Why did you join the OSI as an Individual Member?


    Well, like many people, I wear different hats, being involved with diverse organizations. Joining as an individual member enabled me to interact with the OSI community wearing any of my various hats.


    In addition to being an OSI Individual Member, are you involved in any other open source projects or communities?


    My current doctoral disseration at U Québec involves extending the multi-region variant (regiO) of an economic model (Lagom) on the MASON platform (Multi-Agent Simulation Of Networks). All four layers are fully free/libre/open. I'm planning to contribute new capabilities to accommodate multiple currencies, to represent projects as supply-chain segments, and to include an additional type of agent in the model, the "project manager", who can control costs by, in part, exercising choice over all attributes of payment. Such granularity of control over payments could become possible through the W3C's current efforts through the Web Payments Interest Group. That W3C-convened community is negotiating towards a specification to standardize how browsers handle web payments. In my modeling extensions, the project manager agent will be provided with the ability to chose from amongst various benchmarks to calibrate algorithmic pricing in trade. Operationalizing this involves a number of somewhat separate free/libre/open sub-projects, in which I'm collaborating with some economists from different schools of thought in order to create simplified versions of each of their preferred value benchmarks, in addition to my own Earth Reserve benchmark. Each of these indices will rely only on real-world open data sources, which should facilitate independent validation, wider use and further experimentation. I also collaborate in the (newly formed) OpenChain industry alliance for source code license compliance management at the supply-chain scale.

    How do you hope the OSI can further promote open source use?


    Let me preface my answer here by outlining my particular way of perceiving the OSI's role. In my view the OSI and FSF have mutually complementary roles which, being an economist, I distinguish as supply-side and demand-side perspectives on the flow of knowledge. By my interpretation, the Open Source Definition seems to emphasize how suppliers may organize so that their interests are served when the flow of knowledge can out-perform the restriction of knowledge. On the other hand, the Free Software Definition seems to emphasize how users may organize so that their interests are served when they can be empowered by learning from the flow of knowledge at the individual and community scale.


    This supply-side / demand-side duality is relevant in many domains of knowledge, not just software. Once the Free/Libre/Open Way (FLOW) emerged a clear success through a quarter century of effort by many people working in the software domain, the core ideas started proliferating rapidly elsewhere: free/libre/open source statistics, graphics, audio, hardware, money and so on. I and some others are attempting to bring some of these ideas into metropolitan-scale transit, and into the capital infrastructure sector. In any of these domains, I propose that both the supply-side and demand-side perspectives are indispensible.


    So now back to your specific question: I hope the OSI can further promote understanding and experimentation with the principles of open source supply anywhere that user empowerment coincides with suppliers achieving better performance though the easier flow of knowledge.


     
     
     
    OSI In The News...

    See what the OSI Board of Directors are writing about and being quoted on...


    Leslie Hawthorn was interviewed by RedHat's Opensource.com about her passion for open source and community management. In Linux.com's article, " Lessons from the Women’s Resume Writing Workshop at LinuxCon," Leslie provides insight and tools employers look for that can help women's careers. Leslie was also featured in Craig Newmark's Six Women Making Waves in Social Justice in Technology.


    Mike Milinkovich addressed Why "Open Leadership Has Become Essential" with Forbes Magazine, and offerd some insights on Eight Key Open-Source Internet of Things Projects


    Simon Phipps provides comments in the Vancouver Sun article, Computer hacking scandals rock open-source software movement. In addition, as part of his regular column in Info World's Open Sources, Simon writes, Now crowdfunding: A laptop that protects your digital rights, Purism's laptop is almost 100 percent open source and features preinstalled privacy protection software; Little Suse wakes up, Linux shakes up, After years of playing second fiddle to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, can Suse Linux complete its post-Novell comeback? Twitter emoji: 5 lessons for effective open source, an emoji library may seem an unlikely source of best practices for open source. But Twitter's careful work provides an excellent guide; Microsoft must finish the job of opening .Net Microsoft's open developer strategy is amazing and welcome news. But the company must still bite the bullet and make peace with open source; Why all software needs a license, All software developers should add a copyright license. Why? Because open source licensing is all about granting permission in advance.


    Tony Wasserman was quoted in a FedScoop article, "NSA releases first-ever open source software product." Tony will be speaking on, "The Rise of Open Source" at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, on Dec. 12th, and on "How the Internet Transformed the Software Industry" at Fudan University, Shanghai, on Dec. 15th. On the 17th, he'll Keynote the International Conference on Mobile Technology and Applications in Hong Kong " The Challenges of Universal Connectivity".


    Stefano Zacchiroli was cited in Golem.de's article " Debian decides again on init systems."


     
    OSI Making News...

    The Open Source Initiative is referenced throughout the media. Here's a some of the few articles pointing to the OSI and our work...


    In the press...

    Open Source May Not Mean What You Think It Means
    Although inconceivable to some, open source may be a weakness rather than a strength. - Virtualization Review


    Is the business of FOSS really community software? - Opensource.com


    The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership - Apache Foundation


    Open source more about process than licensing - Opensource.com


    How do you avoid being forked into oblivion?
    Licenses and trademarks allow you to maintain control over your software. - Ars Technica


    From Copyright To Right To Copy: "World Of Open Sources" - Mondaq


    Openwashing: adopter beware"
    As organizations who participate in the development of open source software reap the benefits and garner accolades “openwashing” becomes more prevalent.- Opensource.com


    Top Tweets

    Great news-Rwanda embraces open higher edu: "ripe moment for Rwanda to add value" via OSI Affiliate @creativecommons


    OSI Sponsor @TwitterOSS devotes significant effort to emoji: 5 lessons for #opensource by OSI President @webmink


    Next week OSI Sponsor @TwitterOSS is hosting a @finagle meetup at Twitter HQ, come check it out! #scala


    Next Thurs try the @nginx Fundamentals class on us! FCFS-use code 5A2C-4051-B2D9 to register http://university.nginx.com via OSI Spon @nginxorg


    OSI Affiliate @tdforg has voted to join the @osballiance. via @Sweet5hark


    Very exciting news: Honored to welcome @WordPress as an OSI Affiliate Member. @jenmylo

     
     
    Our Newest Members... and why they joined.
     
    Ricardo Bánffy, BrazilFree and open source software are are the most important shared goods of mankind. They make our new hyperconnected society possible and capable of evolving without the guidance of corporate entities.
    Marcelo Bartsch, ChileJust want to help the OSI community, if I can, because I belive it is time to gave back all the support they had given.
    Martin Callinan, United Kingdom
    Gledston de Oliveira reis, Brazil
    Andrew DeMarsh, CanadaOpen source software allows me to learn and improve myself without worrying about extremely restrictive licenses.
    Mike Finch
    Ryan Gates, United StatesI support Open Source Software.
    Jeremy Graham-Cumming,
    United Kingdom
    I believe that open source is a viable model for software companies. It promises our society equal access to systems and software that have become an integral part of our lives. Common standards allow us as a whole to drive, expand and improve our technological scope.
    Sandeep Khuperkar, India
    Jie Liang, ChinaI love open source and want to help it's development!
    Diana Matonis, United StatesI began programming in 1986 where most software was in-house and platform specific. Any updates were labor intensive and took too much time for the functionality gained. I wanted a standard so we could easily move the code to another platform to be compiled and work without the headaches we would encounter. I worked to this end. I saw the emergence of standard software packages which made life easier but then adding features specific to an organization became virtually impossible or cost ineffective. Today I am seeing the divergence of software code wars. The only way to continue to progress software code to be platform independent and have the capability to improve specific functionality is to have base codes as open source. It's cost and productivity effective in the end for all.
    Konstantin Pastbin, New ZealandI support free & open source movement.
    Andersen Pecorone, Belgium
    Daniel Pimentel, BrazilBecause I believe in open source and I'm an open source developer too.
    Dawid Roets, South AfricaThe knowledge of everyday users is limited to their own environments and they are not aware of all the development changes, alternative methods and specific solutions. Open Source Initiative provides a powerful community from across the globe to improve in the understanding and necessity of information.
    Neil Sawbridge, United KingdomI believe this is one of the best ideas in computing today and I'm really excited about joining!
    Andreas Schreiber, GermanyI would like to support OSI because I'm involved in Open Source strategy development. I give talks and trainings about Open Source licensing where I already promote using OSI approved licenses.
    John Smith, New ZealandOf a long association with and empathy for the Open Source Development concept.
    Rievoluzione.it System Integrator, ItalyFirstname Lastname, Country
    Randy Thorton, United StatesOpen is the better way.
    Plus another 6 anonymous members from Greece, Germany and the United States

    Membership Card
    Don't forget, if you're an OSI Individual Member you can request a Membership Card. These cards provide a variety of benefits from our Affiliates and Corporate Sponsors. Email us today to get yours.

     
     
     
    OSI at SC14

    The OSI was thrilled to participate in this year's Supercomputing Conference (SC14), "High Performace Computing Matters" at the invitation of OSI Affiliate The FreeBSD Foundation.


    OSI SC14 Booth

    OSI and FreeBSD Booth at SC14


    The OSi was able to meet several open source enthusiasts working across industry, government and education. Not only are do these organizations use open source in for their advanced computing, but the develop it to advance computing. Of course the big news announced while the conference was underway was a $1,000,000 donation from Jan Koum, CEO and Co-Founder of WhatsApp.


    OSI SC14 Booth

    OSI at the SC14 Conference Hall Agora (Artist's conception)

     
    OSI at Educause

    Educause annual conference took place in Orlando, running September 29th through October 2nd. Several thousand delegates from North American and global higher education organizations were in attendance.


    OSI SC14 Booth

    OSI staff and open source supporters meet at EDUCAUSE


    The Open Source Initiative and the Apereo Foundation, a higher education-focused open source initiative, organized the Open Communities Reception at Educause 2014. The reception was co-sponsored my several open initiatives supporting higher education, including: Asahi.net, BigBlueButton, ESUP, IMS Global, OERu, OSCELOT, Red Hat, SoLAR, and the University of Southern Queensland. The reception provided a great chance for attendees across open source communities supporting open source to meet, get to know one another and collaborate on shared initiatives.

    The event was organized to coincide with

     
     
    Community Updates & Events
     

    AFUL


    AFUL shared a blog post from one of their members, " Why true open source is a game changer in IT infrastructure automation."


    Apereo Foundation


    The Sakai Teaching and Learning community is seeking submissions for the 2015 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) competition. The award recognizes innovation and excellence in technology-supported teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. We look forward to entries from those using the Sakai CLE and the Apereo OAE (Open Academic Environment).


    Mark Your Calendars! The Open Apereo 2015 conference is May 31 - June 3 in Baltimore, MD. Here are just a few reasons to attend this great event:

    • Share your great work with the community.
    • Learn and collaborate with your peers.
    • Hear about the exciting news and developments of your favorite Apereo projects (Sakai, uPortal, uMobile, CAS, Bedework, and more!).
    Of course, there's much more to the Open Apereo conference. Stay tuned for call for proposals, keynote, program, and registration details. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore this summer!

    The Debian Project


    Each year for the past 14 years, Debian has held an annual conference for developers and users. Next year, DebConf15 will take place in Heidelberg, Germany in August of 2015. Nine companies have already committed to sponsoring the event by mid-November, and two more have joined since: credativ, sipgate, Matanel Foundation, Google, Fairsight Security, Martin Alfke / Buero 2.0, Ubuntu, Mirantis, Logilab, Netways, and Hetzner. Should you know of an organisation that would like to become a sponsor for the event, the DebConf team invites you to please have a look at the sponsorship brochure which has all of the details. Looking forward to a great conference!


    OW2


    OW2 has published the slides and video recordings from OW2con14. You can also find all the videos of the session OW2 organized at Open World Forum as well as some press coverage about OW2 in the Paris Open Source Week. And a kind reminder to those of you who had the good fortune to attend OW2con'14 in person, please take 15 minutes to complete the satisfaction survey.


    The European Commission's Public Consultation on Cloud Computing and Software report will be published within the next few days. OW2 and OCEAN Project advocate a "Proactive Open Source Strategy for EU-Funded Collaborative Software Projects", our contribution is published here

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    The OS2 is pleased to announce that two new members have joined the OW2 community, long-time supporter of free and open source software, the City of Paris has joined OW2 to help promote its CMS software Lutece that was recently accepted into the OW2 codebase while the TIS innovation park in Bolzano joins OW2 to help develop awareness for innovative use of free and open source software throughout the South Tyrol region.

     
     
     
     
     
    Affiliate Profile: Sahana Software Foundation
     

    The Sahana Software Foundation is dedicated to the mission of saving lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters. We develop free and open source software and provide services that help solve concrete problems and bring efficiencies to disaster response coordination between governments, aid organizations, civil society and the survivors themselves, such as:

    • Reuniting separated families through registering missing and found persons
    • Tracking and managing requests for help from individuals and organizations
    • Tracking organizations and programs responding to the disaster, including the coverage and balance in the distribution of aid, providing transparency in the response effort
    • Enabling relevant sharing of information across organizations, connecting donors, volunteers, NGOs, and government organizations, enabling them to operate as one

    Sahana software was originally developed by members of the Sri Lankan IT community who wanted to find a way to apply their talents towards helping their country recover in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. The word “Sahana” means “relief” in Sinhalese, one of the national languages of Sri Lanka. Our community has since grown to include experts in emergency and disaster management as full partners in the software development process. This is extremely unique in the governance of software projects, and a unique strength of the Sahana Software Foundation.


    The Lanka Software Foundation (LSF) was the first owner of the intellectual property making up Sahana software, and under its stewardship, Sahana software grew into a global free and open source software project supported by hundreds of volunteer contributors from dozens of countries and it supported national and local authorities and relief agencies in their response to numerous arge-scale, sudden-onset disasters. In early 2009, the directors of the Lanka Software Foundation decided to allow Sahana to spin off into its own organization. The Sahana Software Foundation was established in 2009 by an initial board of directors as a non-profit organization registered in the State of California to serve the needs and requirements of a diverse group of customers.


    Today SSF supports three main products:

    • Eden: Eden is a flexible humanitarian platform with a rich feature set which can be rapidly customized to adapt to existing processes and integrate with existing systems to provide effective solutions for critical humanitarian needs management either prior to or during a crisis.
    • Vesuvius: Vesuvius is focused on the disaster preparedness and response needs of the medical community, contributing to family reunification and assisting with hospital triage. It also provides client and staff registration capabilities for temporary sheltering and other emergency operations.
    • Legacy Products: There are several other versions of Sahana software that are no longer under active development, but remain a rich part of our project’s history. These systems were used in the response to many disasters and adopted by government agencies and humanitarian organizations for disaster preparedness programs – many of which are still in use today. The most notable of our legacy products is Krakatoa, the direct descendant of the original Sahana code base developed following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
     
     
     
     
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  4. TYPO3 Association Joins Open Source Initiative as Affiliate Member

    Shared commitment to open source community-development, education and promotion of non-proprietary software.

    Dec. 4, 2014 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The TYPO3 Association, a non-profit organization founded to ensure the sustained and long-term development of the various TYPO3 software projects--including the highly flexible, scaleable and customizable TYPO3 Web Content Management system--has joined the Open Source Initiative ® (OSI) as an Affiliate Member. TYPO3 supports an international community of users and developers through: internal and external communication, spreading knowledge and competence; organizing informational and training events, and; securing trademark rights in the interest of the TYPO3 community.

    "TYPO3 has had sharing and open source in their DNA from the start of their project, as evident from their project motto 'Inspiring People to Share,' said Leslie Hawthorn, OSI Board Director. "We're thrilled to have the TYPO3 project join us as an affiliate member."

    "The TYPO3 Association shares the OSI's goals of open source community-building, education, and promotion of non-proprietary software," said Olivier Dobberkau, President of the TYPO3 Association. "By joining the Open Source Initiative, the TYPO3 Association can extend our own efforts in fostering open source development while serving as a tangible example of the promise of open source software: better quality, higher reliability, flexibility, and lower costs."

    About TYPO3

    TYPO3 ( (http://association.typo3.org) is an open source project, which offers highly flexible, scalable, and customizable products for Web Content Management, providing the basis for websites, intranets and web & mobile applications worldwide, always with a focus on the current needs of businesses and public institutions.The TYPO3 products are built, managed, and used by a huge active community spread all over the world.

    Media Contact
    Danijela Weißgraeber
    danijela.weissgraeber(at)typo3.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. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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  5. WordPress Foundation Becomes an Open Source Initiative® Affiliate Member

    OSI to help share Wordpress' success as a model for other open source projects.

    WordPress Logo Oct. 6, 2014 - PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), the premiere organization that promotes and protects open source, announced today that the WordPress Foundation (WordPress) has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. The WordPress Foundation’s mission, to democratize publishing through open source, has elevated WordPress to not only a globally recognized content management tool, but a vibrant community encompassing the ideals of open source software development, and advocacy for the adherence to the Open Source Definition. Its affiliation with OSI helps enhance and sustain the open software development community, while ensuring that millions of individuals, organizations and businesses can cost-effectively communicate online using a robust set of content management capabilities.

    “We are excited to be joining the OSI as an affiliate member,” said Jen Mylo, speaking on behalf of the WordPress project. “We are big believers in collaboration, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with like-minded projects to further the goals of the open source movement.”

    "We are thrilled to have the WordPress Foundation join our community. WordPress, with over 10 years of innovation in not just publishing—but with the web itself, is an iconic organization and community, universally recognized as a superior publishing platform and its wide-spread use,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager of the OSI. “WordPress is so often cited as one of the great examples of open source success—we hope to help share that success with others."

    The WordPress Foundation ensures free access, in perpetuity, to a variety of software projects, creating a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come. As part of this mission, the Foundation protects the WordPress, WordCamp, and related trademarks to educate the public about WordPress and related open source software. For more information about WordPress please visit: wordpress.org.

    One of the most important activities of the OSI is as a standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation. For more information about the OSI, or to learn how to become an affiliate, please visit: opensource.org/affiliates.

    About WordPress

    WordPress has been democratizing publishing since 2003 with contributors from all over the world, and currently powers 23% of the web. It promotes open source through software development and distribution, community support, public events, and mentorship programs.

    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.

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