OPEN SOURCE INITIATIVE

West Hollywood, CA   |  https://opensource.org

Mission

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. Open source enables a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is higher quality, better reliability, greater flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in. One of our most important activities 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 for developers, users, corporations and governments.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Joshua Simmons

Main address

8605 Santa Monica Blvd PMB 63639

West Hollywood, CA 90069-4109 USA

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EIN

91-2037395

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Standards Working Group

THE OPEN SOURCE AND STANDARDS WORKING GROUP: 1. EXPLORES CURRENT STANDARDS SETTING ORGANIZATIONS (SSO) UNDERSTANDING OF OSI APPROVED LICENSES, AND MORE GENERALLY, OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE, DEVELOPMENT, AND PROJECTS; 2. EDUCATES SSO IN CURRENT PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES WIDELY EXCEPTED BY OPEN SOURCE COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE; 3. SUPPORTS AUTHENTIC ENGAGEMENT ACROSS OPEN SOURCE COMMUNITIES (I.E. IMPLEMENTERS, CONTRIBUTORS, PROJECTS, FOUNDATIONS) TO ENSURE ALIGNMENT WITH BEST PRACTICES IN OPEN SOURCE LICENSING, DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION; 4. PRODUCES REFERENCE RESOURCES (EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES, EXPERT OPINIONS, CONSULTING SERVICES, ETC.) TO ADDRESS GAPS IN UNDERSTANDING, SUPPORT CURRENT PRACTICES, AND INCREASE THE RECOGNITION OF OSI APPROVED LICENSING AND THE OSI LICENSE REVIEW PROCESS, AND; 5. ENCOURAGES SSOS TO REQUEST AND MAINTAIN FORMAL PEER RELATIONSHIPS WITH OSI. THE WORKING GROUP WILL ACT AS THE FORMAL CORRESPONDENT.

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OPEN SOURCE INITIATIVE

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2020
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Board co-chair

Joshua Simmons


Board co-chair

Hong Phuc Dang