ClearlyDefined is clearly making progress

The ClearlyDefined community has been busy the past month bringing much-needed improvements to the project.

As a reminder, ClearlyDefined is a repository of information about free and open source software (FOSS). You can turn to ClearlyDefined when you want to locate source information for a version (e.g., Git commit), verify licenses, and catch up on vulnerability notifications—all in one place.

ClearlyDefined premiered in 2017. Since then, the community has reached several milestones, including these recent achievements:

  • Support for Go components. If you use Go modules, you can now retrieve their license definitions using ClearlyDefined. For more information about how to do this, please see our documentation.
  • A redesign of the ClearlyDefined user interface with a focus on usability and accessibility. This redesign should be deployed before the end of 2021.

The community continues to complete curations and contribute code. A recent contribution from from Qing Tomlinson fixed a long standing issue with characters in PyPi definition coordinates.

Moving into the new year, the ClearlyDefined community will be planning its road map and user stories for the new year. Please join in and contribute to a very worthwhile cause that benefits the entire open source community. Learn more and join us at:

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