Open Source Initiative blogs

  1. Gandi Joins Open Source Initiative Corporate Sponsorship Program

    Sponsorship consolidates technical infrastructure and support for OSI’s web hosting and administrative systems.

    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Sept. 2, 2015 For years the Open Source Initiative® (OSI), along with a dedicated corp of volunteers, managed a variety of internet services hosted on infrastructure distributed across multiple providers. For OSI staff and volunteers working to support the ever-growing open source software movement, this created complexity and inconsistency. Today, through a generous corporate sponsoship agreement, the OSI is pleased to announce Gandi.net as the organization’s primary serivce provider, offering hosting and professional support services for the non-profit’s web based services.

    Originally founded in 1999 to create an alternative and independent line of Internet services, today Gandi.net enjoys an international profile with offices in Luxembourg, France, Taiwan and the United States. Clients range from individuals, associations, and small companies, to public institutions such as the European Union and large multinational corporations. In fact, today Gandi.net has more than 1,700,000 domain names from 192 countries, which places the company among the top domain name registrars worldwide. As part of their corporate sponsorship, Gandi.net will be donating professional hosting and support services for the OSI’s Drupal and CiviCRM environments (opensource.org), Mailman email lists, and other web related applications and services.

    “Gandi has long been committed to the Free and Open Source Software community, providing invaluable support to open source software projects in need of a high quality registrar, hoster and SSL Certification Authority,” said OSI Board Director Paul Tagliamonte. “The Open Source Initiative is so very thankful for Gandi’s support. We're thrilled to enter into this partnership with Gandi who has again proven their commitment to FOSS and as an ally in our mission to protect and promote Open Source, worldwide,” added Tagliamonte.

    Stephan Ramoin, CEO of Gandi, affirms: "We are thrilled to welcome OSI into our family of supported projects. They embody the open source philosophy: professional, reactive, idealistic, dedicated, and genuinely fun. In short, OSI is just the kind of organization who can be trusted to ensure the brightest possible future for open source."

    The OSI Corporate Sponsorship Program recognizes the growing interest among companies from across a variety of sectors in supporting open source software projects, development and communities. Corporate sponsors enable the OSI to continue its important work of promoting and protecting open source through awareness, advocacy and by building bridges between open source communities of practice. The program provides an open and transparent mechanism to allow corporations to show their support for the open source software movement and the activities of the OSI, increase the diversity of stakeholders and viewpoints within the OSI & among the OSS community, and raise funds for OSI operations.

    About Gandi
    Gandi.net provides domain name registration and management services in France and internationally. The company also provides hosting services to businesses, organizations, and individuals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Paris, France with additional offices in San Francisco, California, Taipei, and Luxembourg. You can learn more about Gandi at: https://www.gandi.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: opensource.org.

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  2. OSI Welcomes First Higher Education Affiliate Member: University of Southern Queensland

    University’s culture of “openness” extends beyond Open Source Software to Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access in research and data.

    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Aug. 19, 2015 -- Recognizing the growth of open source software within higher education, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) recently expanded their Affiliate Membership Program to include colleges and universities. Today the OSI announced The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has been approved as the international non-profit’s first Higher Education Affiliate Member. OSI General Manager Patrick Masson said of the news, “The OSI Board of Directors is thrilled USQ stepped forward so quickly upon learning of the Affiliate Program's expansion to institutions of higher education, and we’re excited to welcome our first univesity.” USQ’s mission, “to enable broad participation in higher education and make significant contributions to research and community development,” not only highlights its ongoing commitment to openness and inclusion, but also aligns with the OSI’s goals in open source awareness, adoption and community development.

    “USQ supports the concept of collaboration and openness,” said Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor and President of USQ. “We are working hard to build a culture of open use and reuse of educational resources, with an emphasis on working with communities and contributing.” The university is an active member of the Moodle project working with the Moodle Development Coop, and also participants in the ePrints, Maraha and Wordpress communities. In addition, USQ has developed and released “ReDBox,” an open source collaboration suite for researchers to share information about data collections.

    USQ is also expanding their “Collaboratorium” a university-wide Wordpress platform, to discuss issues related to openness, and foster the emergence of community-driven ideas and initiatives. Current efforts include “Enabling New Futures” and “The USQ Salon Series,” each of which complements the university’s active involvement in discussion around open activities.Open-Inform, also in Wordpress, has been developed to support an international community by generating conversation and information about open education, and more broadly openness. For OERu (Open Educational Resources universitas) open education courses USQ utilizes the OERu WikiEducator site as their teaching and learning platform and MediaWiki to upload any media required for those courses. Other open education courses have utilized Moodle OpenDesk as their platform. USQ also has institutional collaborations with the OERu and broader OER communities.

    “Institutions of higher education have a long and impressive history in the development of open source software,” noted Masson. “USQ exemplifies how engagement within open source communities cultivates an open ethos, where values like transparency, collaboration, and community are applied broadly, inspiring other academic initiatives around educational materials, teaching and learning activities, and research.”

    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 the OSI's mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

    “We here at USQ are very excited about our affiliation with the Open Source Initiative,” added Thomas, “and look forward to a continued and collaborative partnership.”

    About The University of Southern Queensland
    The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has forged a reputation as one of Australia's leading providers of on-campus and online (distance) education programs. With more than 75 percent of students studying via distance or online, USQ’s delivery of external education resources continues to lead the way. To learn more about USQ and thier innovative open initiatives, see: http://collaboratorium.net.au/wordpress/

    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: https://opensource.org.

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  3. The Open Source Initiative Announces Linux Professional Institute Affiliate Membership

    Leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization extends commitment to furthering the adoption of Linux and Open Source.

    July 22, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), recognized globally for promoting and protecting open source software and development communities, announced today the affiliate membership of The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), a non-profit organization dedicated to vendor-neutral Linux certification and workforce development for Linux, open source and IT professionals. 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 the OSI's mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

    "We're thrilled that the Open Source Initiative has accepted the Linux Professional Institute as an affiliate member. For the last 15+ years at LPI, we've been committed to helping open source professionals develop their skills in Linux to help advance their careers and seize new opportunities," said Jim Lacey, CEO, Linux Professional Institute, "Together with OSI, we can further our shared mission, to help grow awareness of and further the adoption of open source technologies around the world."

    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 and communities engage through member-driven initiatives to, not only raise awareness and adoption of open source software, but also extend and improve their own open source efforts through co-creation, collaboration and community.

    "I'm struck by the absolute alignment in both the LPI's mission, 'to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and open source technologies' and the OSI's mandate 'to raise awareness and adoption of open source," offered OSI General Manager, Patrick Masson. "LPI has a long and respected history of not only promoting open source but also, through world-class professional development and training, extending the individual skills and ensuring the health of those communities that build and maintain open source software."

    Since its founding, LPI has focused on providing the best vendor-independent Linux certifications to allow candidates to prove they have core Linux skills enabling them to work across Linux distributions in a wide range of enterprise environments. To date, the organization has delivered over 450,000 certification exams around the world with the help of its international affiliate network—representatives from across the globe that guide certification candidates, policy, and provide open source support in local languages.

    For more information about the OSI Affiliate Member Program and how your organization can join, see: http://opensource.org/affiliates

    About Linux Professional Institute
    The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is dedicated to providing a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. LPI's leading vendor-independent Linux certification program is supported by a global affiliate network that has helped deliver over 450,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities. To learn more about LPI visit: https://www.lpi.org

    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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    Ed Schauweker
    ed@agilepr.net

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  4. The Open Source Initiative Welcomes Mifos Initiative

    Project focused on eliminating poverty shares vision of open source development for the good of the global community.

    July 19, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) this week welcomed The Mifos Initiative as the latest Affiliate Member to join the global non-profit focused on promoting and protecting open source software, development and communities.

    The Mifos Initiative aims to create a world where each of the 2.5 billion poor and unbanked has access to the financial resources needed to create a better life for themselves and their family. The Mifos Initiative’s sole mission is to speed the elimination of poverty by coordinating a global community that builds, supports, and uses Mifos X, a free and open source platform that enables financial service providers to more effectively and efficiently deliver responsible financial services to the world’s 2.5 billion poor and unbanked.

    “The Mifos Initative’s humanitarian applications for open source code are an exciting expression of the value of open source software” said Leslie Hawthorn, OSI Director. “We are delighted to welcome them as Affiliate Members, along with other recently joining humanitarian focused affiliate members such as the OpenMRS project.”

    The Mifos Initiative believes in the Three Pillars of Sustainability: Environment, Society, and Economy, where education, health, and financial security form the base of these pillars. “Open source is the right tool to empower the people and create sustainability across the world and we are eager to support the OSI by its mission to maintain open source for the good of the community,” said Markus Geiß, Chief Architect at Mifos.

    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 raise awareness and adoption of 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 Mifos Initiative
    The Mifos Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Seattle, stewards the global community that builds the Mifos X platform – an open technology platform for financial inclusion used by financial services providers worldwide, supported by a network of local partners and maintained and extended by a global team of volunteers. For more information, visit: http://mifos.org.

    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.

    Media Contact
    Ed Schauweker
    ed@agilepr.net

  5. Xerte Project Joins Open Source Initiative

    Xerte Project's Open Source Initiative membership furthers both organization's commitment to growing open source community and collaboration within institutions of higher education.

    July 15, 2015 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) has announced the Affiliate Membership of The Xerte Project, an initiative to provide high-quality free software to educators all over the world, and to build a global community of users and developers around the tools.The partnership highlights the OSI's continued efforts within the higher education sector.

    The Xerte Project began in 2004, and released its first tools under an open license in 2006. Since then the project has gone on to develop the award-winning Xerte Online Toolkits software, cultivated an enthusiastic community of users and developers and has continued to innovate in the development of authoring tools. The Xerte Project places three values above all else: ease of use for non-technical content authors, providing best-of-breed accessibility, and nurturing a positive and friendly community of users and developers. Xerte Online Toolkits is used in hundreds of institutions around the world.

    Recognizing the benefits of reduced costs, increased pace of innovation, community-driven development and shared services, colleges and universities are increasingly moving to open source software solutions like The Xerte Project. The OSI has recently expanded efforts to support open source in education across the globe and help institutions maximize opportunities through participation in both the development of open source software as well as the technical and educational communities of practice which support those projects.

    Julian Tenney, who leads developments on The Xerte Project, said of the membership, “The OSI will help us grow our communities of users and developers, and clearly demonstrates that we are a robust and sustainable project.” The OSI's General Manager, Patrick Masson offered, "The Xerte Project exemplifies exactly what the OSI hopes to foster across the higher education and open source communities. The project and community have collaborated with several organizations to grow and mature, including with another OSI Affiliate, The Apereo Foundation. It is exactly these relationships and benefits between communities that the OSI is working to create and promote." Tenney add, “The OSI establishes very high standards for affiliate projects, and we’re really proud to be accepted as an OSI affiliate member.”

    Affiliate 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 The Xerte Project
    Begun in 2004 at the University of Nottingham, The Xerte Project produces free, open-source tools for the production of interactive learning materials. The project emphasizes ease-of-use for non-technical users, whilst at the same time providing powerful tools for developers, and providing best in class accessibility. Developments are based on real world use cases identified by the user community. The project fosters a positive, supportive and friendly community of users and developers. You can learn more at: http://xerte.org.uk

    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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    Ed Schauweker
    ed@agilepr.net

 
 
 
 
 

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