CodeSee: Why we support the OSI

CodeSee: Why we support the OSI

This month, we’re pleased to spotlight one of our sponsors, CodeSee, and learn why open source is important to their organization.

CodeSee offers a developer tool called Maps, built to help developers and teams visually understand codebases. Maps are auto-syncing code diagrams, with features designed to drive collaboration, improve code reviews, reduce onboarding friction, and more. In September 2021, CodeSee launched OSS Port—a space for open source project maintainers and contributors to connect and collaborate, with the ability to use CodeSee Maps to easily onboard new developers and guide code reviews. Maps is forever-free to use on open source projects.

We asked the team at CodeSee to share the organization’s intrinsic ties to open source, its reasons for supporting the Open Source Initiative, and its hopes for the open source movement. Here’s what they said:

Each member of the CodeSee team has a history in open source. Guided by a collective connection to the community, CodeSee is committed to advancing its progress through a series of initiatives. For starters, CodeSee Maps is forever-free to use on open source projects and is an integral part of our open source community, OSS Port. In addition, CodeSee maintains an open source sponsorship program, providing financial support to a select number of OSS projects so they can focus on continued development. And of course, we also sponsor the Open Source Initiative to uphold its work in stewarding the Open Source Definition.

CodeSee sponsors OSI because we believe responsible business and product development requires attention to and care of the broader ecosystem. It’s imperative that organizations using open source technologies actively cultivate the ideas and interests of those creating tomorrow’s open source solutions. Sponsoring the maintenance of open source advocacy, education, and standards through the OSI is a means for organizations to support this ecosystem and play an impactful part in this evolution.

As the world becomes more interconnected and data driven, the relationship between closed and open technologies is evolving. In 2022, we hope to see (and take part in) a continued push toward non-code involvement in the open source movement. Despite its intrinsic openness, the space has historically centered on projects and skills relevant to those with a computer science background. We hope to see improved accessibility to the community and its opportunities for those who do not code.

Today, software technologies play a part in nearly every exchange and interaction between organizations and people; software itself is arguably one of the most encompassing phenomena we know! Imagine the possibilities in a truly diverse set of skills coming together in pursuit of all-things-open source. With further inclusion of creative practices—from graphic arts to copy and music composition—the opportunity is great to explore and expand upon what’s possible.