Membership Benefits

Becoming an OSI Individual Member provides several benefits. From an organizational and operational perspective, Individual Members enjoy a direct role in defining the direction and identifying the leadership of the OSI. Each year OSI Individual Members may nominate and vote for OSI Board Directors, as well as run for a Director seat themselves. With five members of the Board representing the Individual Membership, as a constituent you're a vital part of the OSI and the open source community.

In addition to your role within OSI governance and leadership, OSI Individuals also receive several premiums through our Affiliate Members and Corporate Sponsors. These currently include:





To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.