Odoo Community Association Joins Open Source Initiative

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2016 — The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), a global non-profit formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source software and communities, announced today the affiliate membership of the Odoo Community Association (OCA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the widespread use of Odoo and to support the collaborative development of Odoo features.

Odoo is a suite of open source enterprise management applications used by large companies, small businesses, associations and many different types of organizations to manage, automate, measure and optimize operations, finances and projects. The international Odoo community includes over two million users, 450+ contributors, with support for twenty-five languages. Odoo was recently recognized as one of InfoWorld’s top picks in open source business applications, collaboration, and middleware. “Odoo has not only attracted new users, but drawn the interest and expertise of an active developer community as well. With those developers have come a wealth of new apps that fortify the Odoo ecosystem.”

“With all of the success and recognition Odoo is currently enjoying, we are of course very excited to have OCA join now as an Affiliate Member. Yet even more impressive to the OSI Board is OCA’s commitment to software freedom that they’ve built into the very foundation of the organization,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager and Director at the OSI. “The OCA bylaws specifically state, ‘all software developments controlled by the Association will be published under a license approved by the Open Source Initiative.’ That commitment highlights the value of, and opportunities through, open source licensing.”

One of the most important activities of the OSI is as an internationally recognized standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation. The growing number of Affiliate Members, like OCA, highlight both the importance of the OSI’s work and acknowledgement of the OSI’s authority in open source licensing.

“We created the OCA to organize the open source development around Odoo, and promote its widespread use,” said Maxime Chambreuil, Vice-President of the Odoo Community Association. “We use the OSI definition of Open Source to determine the licenses we accept. It is important for organizations like OSI to keep doing their work and we want to contribute to your goals achievements as it helps us achieve ours.”

The OSI Affiliate Member Program 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 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. More information regarding OSI Affiliate Membership can be found here: https://opensource.org/affiliates/about

Odoo Community Association
The Odoo Community Association, or OCA, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the collaborative development of Odoo features and promote its widespread use. The Association provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader Odoo Open Source community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute to the code, the funding and other resources, with the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. More about us on http://odoo-community.org/.

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/.

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