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Open Source License Clinic to be held May 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Pleased to share the news that OSI will host a three hour open source license clinic as part of its non-profit educational mission, in collaboration with federal agency participants and the Washington D.C. technology community. The event will take place May 9 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Library of Congress and is free, pre-registration required. The clinic is designed as a cross-industry, cross-community workshop for legal, contract, acquisition and program professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of open source software licenses, and raise their proficiency to better serve their organizations objectives as well as identify problems which may be unique to government. More details available at the event registration site.

OSI Licensing - a year in review

Since it has been roughly one year since the newest board members were chosen, I'd like to put on my new hat as chair of the License Committee and recap some license committee highlights from this past year.

Some things that got done:

OSI Board Reaches out to Washington D.C. Organizations week of May 6, 2013

The OSI board, which meets in person at least twice per annum, has selected Washington D.C. as the location for the Spring 2013 Board of Directors Meeting. The city serves as a central location for gathering the OSI's geographically diverse board membership. It is also considered a location of open source policy dialog and debate as well as high-profile implementations within US federal government operations.

Obituary: Raj Mathur

Former OSI Board member Danese Cooper writes:

One of the pillars of the Indian FOSS Community passed away this week. Known for his humor, his uncompromising honesty and his generosity in sharing FOSS knowledge with like-minded individuals. His sudden passing after a massive heart attack has shocked and saddened his friends across the FOSS World.

OSI and OSHWA Sign Agreement

Following discussions about the Open Source and Open Source Hardware logos, OSI and the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) have worked together to compose a co-existence agreement on behalf of their representative communities. We are pleased to announce that this document (PDF) has been approved and signed by both parties!

OSI Welcomes Five More Affiliates

The OSI Board has approved Affiliate membership for the following organisations:

OSI Signs Declaration of Internet Freedom

We just received confirmation that OSI's request to be added as a signatory to the Declaration of Internet Freedom has been accepted. We endorse this Declaration and encourage authorities worldwide to embrace it and implement regulations protecting the principles it espouses.

Open Source on G+

Just to make sure that everyone knows, this "OpenSource" user on Google Plus posts links to interesting Open Source software, and has nothing to do with us. When they talk about "members" they mean people who have circled them. Nothing to do with our membership program. Share and enjoy!

OSI Welcomes New Affiliates, Opens For Affiliate Applications

The OSI Board is very pleased to announce that five significant organisations have applied for and been granted Affiliate Membership of the Open Source Initiative, including the first User Group.

OSI Board Elects New Officers

With President Michael Tiemann's recent retirement from the board and the appointment of new board members, it was time for the OSI Board to choose officers for a new, one year term.

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