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OSI Congratulates Richard Stallman And Other Hall-Of-Fame Inductees

The OSI Board extends congratulations to Richard M Stallman on his induction into the Internet Hall of Fame. His work with the GNU Project and the various forms of the General Public License has been a key force in the evolution of Free and Open Source software and he has been an inspiration. We also congratulate the other inductees on the recognition of their contribution to the Internet.

OSI Seeks a General Manager

On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to share the news that we have opened our first management position at the Open Source Initiative. Our search begins now and we expect to bring on board a new General Manager this summer.

This "first" for OSI underscores our commitment to our mission as well as strengthening our move to a membership-driven organization.

OSI Board Meeting Report

The new OSI Board met in Washington DC last week. We held an effective face-to-face meeting where we discussed the progress of our plans to transform OSI into a member-based organisation. We held officer elections, once again electing Martin Michlmayr as Secretary, filling the vacancy for CFO left by Alolita Sharma by electing Karl Fogel and replacing him as Assistant Treasurer by electing Mike Milinkovich. I was re-elected as President and thank the Board for that vote of confidence in this time of change.

OSI to Host DC Metro Open Source Community Summit May 10, 2013

Another in the series of public meetings to be hosted by the OSI around its next face-to-face board meeting, OSI will also host the non-profit DC Metro Open Source Community Summit at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C. The May 10th, 2013 program will include short sessions by some of our OSI board members and an “unconference” format for maximum attendee participation, collaboration, and

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:
  • Revised the opensource.org/licenses landing page to make it more useful to visitors who are not familiar with open source.

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.

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