Welcome to the Open Source Initiative’s quarterly newsletter. We hope the information shared in each edition provides you with interesting insights into our initiatives and activities. We also hope to include updates regarding our members and affiliates, as well as the broader open source software community. If you have any ideas for what we cover, or content to include, please feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSI News & Updates
A World-wide Open Source Summit: Build your local community, while engaging the global community.
The State of the Source Summit invites open source communities of practice from around the world to organize and contribute to a global conversation on the current state of open source software: non-technical issues that foster development and community, the licenses that enable collaboration, the practices that promote contribution, and the issues confronting cooperation.
We hope you will consider presenting on a topic of interest and invite you to submit your presentation to the State of the Source Call for Proposals.
The State of the Source will be a global event and provides tremendous opportunities to directly engage with the open source software community and support the work of the Open Source Initiative. We hope you will join us in our efforts to create broader awareness, increase understanding, and address issues to help educate and build bridges between open source software communities.
Deadline for sponsorship commitment, August 25th (or until all opportunities filled).
For more information, or to confirm your sponsorship of the State of the Source Summit, please email email@example.com.
Congratulations to the OSI’s new Board President Josh Simmons and Vice President Hung Phuc Dang on their recent elections!
The Open Source Initiative is excited to welcome Josh Simmons as our new Board President and Hong Phuc Dang as our new Board Vice President.
In the four years Josh has been on the OSI board, he has served as CFO, VP, and Chair of the Staffing Committee. He has deepened relationships with FLOSS organizations around the world, represented OSI’s views at summits and meetings, and has worked to build consensus in even the most fractious of times. He is a web developer, armchair philosopher, and open source strategist starting his fifth year on the OSI board.
“When I first ran for election to the OSI board, I never imagined that someday I’d be its President, and yet now it feels like a natural progression! It’s very humbling. Our board is packed with experts and I’m excited to focus on facilitating so they can do their best work.” – OSI Board President Josh Simmons.
Hong founded FOSSASIA in 2009 as a community devoted to improving people’s lives through sharing open technologies, knowledge and fostering global connections. Over a decade, she steers the organization, directs project teams, runs events and education programs, encourages open source participation across Asia. Hong also acts as an InnerSource manager at Zalando where she helps to bring open source best practices within the corporate walls and supports the company to become a good open source citizen.
“I am proud to serve as the new Vice President of OSI. I want to make sure the OSI represents the voice of open source communities across the world. Together we play our part in sustaining the open source ecosystem.” – OSI Board Vice President Hong Phuc Dang.
Committing to Community throughout the COVID-19 Crisis
Each year the Open Source Initiative relies on the dedicated contributions of individual open source developers and advocates, OSI members, and corporate sponsors. This year, with the global pandemic now affecting so many communities, funding priorities have rightly changed: new initiatives that need dedicated support have emerged, yet many fundamental organizations still need continued support to deliver core services.
Each year the OSI attends over 20 events to meet with sponsors and secure annual funding. With so many events now canceled, our primary channel for fundraising and development has simply disappeared. We recognize many organizations may be struggling themselves and unable to contribute. Individuals too are facing unprecedented pressures, facing professional uncertainties and personal loss.
Yet in one way–perhaps small, but not insignificant–the Open Source Software movement and community is both inspired and inspiring. The Open Source Software community has come together to collaborate, contribute, and co-create to combat the COVID-19 crisis. Every day we’re thrilled to discover new communities of practice emerging in response to the demands faced in combating and ultimately curing COVD-19. Learn more about these inspiring projects here.
Charting a Course for 2020 and Beyond
This is an interesting time for open source.
An approach to intellectual property that was once seen as radical is now mainstream. In 2011, 13 years after “open source” was coined and the Open Source Initiative was founded to promote and protect it, O’Reilly Media declared that open source had won. In 2016, WIRED followed suit. Now, open source undergirds software development across a truly unfathomable range of applications and fans the flames of other open culture movements. It has inspired new ways of collaborating with each other, experiments in community governance, and has been so successful that it is colloquially taken to mean all of the above.
And yet, open source feels so tenuous sometimes. Questions dog us. Setting aside run-of-the-mill fear, uncertainty, and doubt, people are raising legitimate questions: are our projects sustainable? Are our communities safe and healthy? Are maintainers being treated fairly? Is our work just? Can open source weather continued attempts at redefinition?
These concerns are not new, but the scale they’re playing out on is. And Open Source Initiative–though it has sustained its core mission around licensing for 22 years, slogging through the legal janitorial work that makes open source adoption easy–has simply not been a leading voice in these other conversations.
Even on the topic of licensing, OSI has been found on its back foot. Our response to the recent flare ups of open core and source available licensing was lackluster. Everyone agrees: open source needs a bolder, more responsive, and representative OSI.
How do we get there? We have a plan, and you’re part of it. Read more from OSI president Josh Simmons.
New OSI Affiliate Members
OpenJS Foundation Joins Open Source Initiative as New Affiliate Member
OASIS Open Joins Open Source Initiative
Shared vision and combined resources extend both organizations’ ability to advance open source through standards. We are excited to announce the Affiliate Membership of OASIS Open, a global nonprofit consortium managing a broad technical agenda encompassing cybersecurity, blockchain, privacy, cryptography, cloud computing, IoT, urban mobility, emergency management, and other content technologies. Read more here.
OSI Affiliate Updates
The OSI Affiliate Program allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations to become OSI members. The program is now open for applications.
- Open Apereo 2020 Online is a flexible, modular event that takes place from 15th to 19th June. Thanks to our generous sponsors at Entornos de Formación Global, Learning Experiences and Longsight we have cut registration fees for Open Apereo 2020 to range from $19 to $79. Financial assistance is available for those who need it on a “first come” basis. See conference.apereo.org for more details.
The American International University
- The Youth Empowerment Project & HackWeakEnd presents The HackCovid19 Challenge, an EU Funded Virtual Hackathon to create solutions that will drive social impact, with the aim of tackling challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The University of #osnabrück is using #FreeSoftware solutions for teaching 3000 students. Here’ss an interview (in German)
The goal – to provide pedagogical continuity for students from campuses at Brest, Nantes and Rennes – meant that the platform solution had to keep several hundreds of students connected every day – with video-conferencing, document sharing, and chat
- Scaleway Ensemble (BigBlueButton) provides a hosted Big Blue Button environment, allowing to communicate with remote team members over fully encrypted connections using TLS/SSL.
- Coronavirus Openkit
Coronavirus-openkit.net emerges from the project Open Village, a collaboration between the Geneva Health Forum and the Open Geneva festival (3500 participants).
- California Association of Voting Officials would like to announce the addition of Ted Selker and Kath Delaney to the CAVO Board of Directors. Professor Selker was a founding member of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project and spent 4 years as co-director of it as well. Ted helped organize several of the first national voting technology conferences in service of understanding the problems and alternatives available for voting. Ted has taught a voting technology classes at MIT, at CMU and talked about it at venues from the American Association for theAdvancement of Science to local election official’s offices.
Kath Delaney has been a social change organizer for more than 30 years. She is a senior consultant and strategist with expertise in leadership development, multi-channel fundraising, and digital marketing. Kath founded Madera Group, a San Francisco Bay Area agency dedicated to advising progressive philanthropists, non-profits executives, social impact leaders, and political candidates in growing their base of support, building operational capacity and moving their mission and vision forward.
Open Access matters—especially during a global health emergency.
The race to find a vaccine for COVID-19 exemplifies why rapid and unrestricted access to scientific research and educational materials is so vital.
Collaborate With CC as a Google Summer of Code or Outreachy Participant We are proud to announce that Creative Commons (CC) will once again be participating as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreachy.
Announcing the CC Catalog API, Version 1.0
CC is a Fully Remote Nonprofit; Here’s Some Advice on Working From Home
Important CC Global Summit Update Unfortunately, given the current concerns around the global spread of COVID-19, CC has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s in-person Summit.
CC Launches the Global Search for Its Next Chief Executive Officer
Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Updated Creative Commons License Chooser
Introducing the Linked Commons Introducing the projects built by open source contributors mentored by Creative Commons.
- Creative Commons and USAID Collaborate on Guide to Open Licensing
- DigitalOcean introduces Virtual Private Cloud, which once enabled, allows customers to create a second network interface that is only accessible by resources within the private network.
- DigitalOcean launched the Hub For Good to support projects during covid-19. We’ve committed $100,000 in hosting credit and invested $50,000 towards non-profits on the front lines.
- Mark your calendars to join us online everywhere July 14-17, 2020 for DrupalCon Global. DrupalCon Global will unite the quality of a DrupalCon event with the accessibility and innovation of the new virtual format.
- Keynote sessions include the Driesnote following the June release of D9 and a presentation by Mitchell Baker, CEO of Mozilla Foundation. Sign up for our mailing list to stay abreast of conference developments- exciting updates will be heading your way! Tickets ($249 USD) will go on sale mid-May. Learn more!
- DrupalCon Barcelona will be held on December 8-11, Barcelona International Convention Center
- Home-locked but not hope-locked! Utilize your quarantine time by submitting a session for DrupalCon Barcelona 2020. The last date to submit is June 30. More information here.
- EclipseCon 2020 to Be Held as Virtual Event
- Git Contribution Activity Charts for Eclipse Projects
- Organizing Your Eclipse Foundation Open Source Project Team
- Moving Forward With Jakarta EE 9
- 2019 Summary
- FOSSASIA Summit 2020 Takes Places as Online and Offline Event
- FOSSASIA’s goal is to open up everything by default and Open Hardware comes next! The PSLab team is currently working on the next version of the Pocket Science Lab, which will come with the option to work as an independent external data logger and includes an SD card and battery. And, in August the Eventyay team will release a new version of the event management system supporting Call for Papers for academic online events.
- TechRadar Pro Interview: Supporting an Open Source Operating System
- It’s FOSS Interview: Discussing the Past, Present, and Future of FreeBSD
- The BigBlueButton solution is available to those schools in South Tyrol that do not already have videoconferencing available, but also to schools that want to avoid privacy issues linked to proprietary software solutions. Read more here.
- The Community Engagement Challenge is an exciting new opportunity to create projects that engage beginning coders with the free and open-source software (FOSS) community. Our goal is for individuals or teams to submit stimulating ideas that will connect the next generation of coders to the FOSS community and keep them involved for years to come. We are offering over $65,000 in prizes with over $20,000 going to the winner.
Internet Systems Consortium
Comparative Performance Results of BIND Versions – March 2020
Now that the latest version of BIND 9 has been released, it is worthwhile to look at the performance enhancements that have taken place over the past couple of years.
- BIND 9.16.0, Stable Branch for 2020 and Beyond
Joomla! (Open Source Matters)
- Joomla held a virtual community gathering, called JandBeyond, at the end of May. Read more about it here.
Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS)
- Call for Editors
JOSS is recruiting editors with expertise in bioinformatics, material science, physics, R/statistics, and the social sciences.
- The Linux Foundation: It’s not just the Linux operating system
- New Linux Foundation | Harvard Study Reveals Hard Truths, Actionable Steps for Open Source Security
- Copyright Notices in Open Source Software Projects
Linux Professional Institute
- Linux Professional Institute teams up with SUSE Academic Program to promote Open Source and Linux education
- Join the LPI Community
LPI is looking for people to grow and advocate for the use of open source software, one person at a time.
- Linux Professional Institute Postpones Certification Expiration Date in Japan Due to COVID-19
- Google Summer of Code 2020 – End Poverty. One Line of Code at a Time.
- MozFest Is Moving To Amsterdam: A Note From Festival Director Sarah Allen
Network Time Foundation
- Team Cymru Joins Growing Number of Network Time Foundation Members
- Network Time Foundation 2019 Accomplishments!
- NTP-4.2.8p14 Release and Security Vulnerability Announcement
New Zealand Open Source Society
- The NZ Open Source Society has been working hard to provideFree and Open Source Software (FOSS) tools for everyone affected by COVID-19 – we’ve been able to use a wealth of sponsored NZ-based hosting (provided by open source bespoke development company Catalyst IT (https://catalyst.net.nz) and its cloud services company (https://catalystcloud.nWe are offering (both for study and repurposing/remixing) a set of OER courses entirely using FOSS infrastructure.
- In other news from NZ, the non-profit organisation who employs me, the Open Education Resource Foundation, has initiated the OER4Covid response: https://oer4covid.oeru.org (note the OERu – https://oeru.org – is the global network of the OER Foundation, sponsors, and ~40 partner institutions – see https://oeru.org/oeru-partners)
- The OER4Covid administered a short online survey to identify needs and to help prioritise support activities.
- In recognition of these priorities, in addition to our capacity development courses, we are offering international educators access to our FOSS tool set, including BigBlueButton.
Odoo Community Association
- The Open edX platform can help you to continue providing the training and education to your users, while they are remote.
Open Preservation Foundation
- JHOVE 1.24 released
JHOVE is an open source file format identification, validation and characterization tool for digital preservation, and part of the OPF reference toolset
- The Open Preservation Foundation welcomes Digitales Archiv Nordrhein-Westfalen as our newest member
- veraPDF 1.16 release candidate out now
- The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision joins the Open Preservation Foundation
- Fido 1.4.0 released
Format Identification for Digital Objects is an open-source command-line tool to identify the file formats of digital objects and part of the OPF reference toolset
- With the new release there will be significant improvements in BIM project management for the construction industry, especially with the support of the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF).
Open Research Institute
Open Source Design
- OSEHRA announced it would be shutting down. In the spirit of open source, all vital resources and data that were developed within our community have been transferred.
- OpenMRS Platform 2.3.0 released!
- OpenMRS Implementer’s Meeting 2019: Strengthening and Harmonizing the OpenMRS Ecosystem
- SotM 2020 will be a virtual conference
- Call for more featured tile layers on openstreetmap.org
- OpenStreetMap and International Women’s Day
- Call for Microgrants Committee
- OpenStreetMap Welcomes Diversity
- Volto 4.0 Released
Plone 6’s new front end is ready for prime time
- New Waitress version, and updated 20200121 hotfix
- The New SPARC+ Lab at Sazira Secondary School
Successful upgrade of SPARC lab in Sazira Secondary School to a SPARC+ lab with 20 computers
Python Software Foundation
- PSF’s Projected 2020 Financial Outcome
- New pip resolver to roll out this year
- Débora Azevedo Awarded the PSF Community Service Award for Q4 2019
- An Update PyPI Funded Work
- Start using 2FA and API tokens on PyPI
Software Freedom Conservancy
- Conservancy Supports Successful Ninth Annual DrupalCamp NJ
- Conservancy Joins Mozilla’s Amicus Brief in Google v. Oracle
- Conservancy Activities: March and Beyond
- FOSDEM, Copyleft Conf and More
- Allison Randal Joins Conservancy Board
- Please to announce our first US-based client for our open-source newsroom management system Superdesk, which is also the world’s largest religious media organization
- New release of Superdesk available that makes editors’ and newsroom managers’ lives easier with more collaboration and “smart document” features
- New release of our Live Blog software which ensures full GDPR compliance for publishers
The Perl Foundation
Tiki Software Community Association
- Tiki 21.0 LTS released together with security and bug-fix updates for all supported Tiki branches
- TYPO3 9.5.15 and 8.7.32 maintenance releases published
- Server Team Status Report—March 2020
- Status Update: the TYPO3 Guidebook
- Structured Content Initiative – What Happened in February?
- This Month in TYPO3 – February 2020
- The TYPO3 Marketing Team’s 2020 Vision
- TYPO3 Developers—Get Certified!
- Access to Wikipedia restored in Turkey after more than two and a half years
- Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship for WordCamp US 2020
- WordPress Foundation Donates to Black Girls Code and Internet Archive
- Xerte 3.8.5: Important Security Update now available
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