Community & Collaboration

The open source community is diverse and highly motivated. We're sure you'll be able to find someone who can help you (or that you can help) no matter what your interests are.

Whether it's development or advocacy, open source software and other collaborative projects benefit through, and because of, community. Unlike traditional projects that require physical resources, sharing economies are generally only hindered by the number of people contributing to an effort and their ability to acquire and share knowledge.

This is where and how the OSI helps open communities of practice. Our work focuses on creating and amplifying the network effect, where collaborative use actually enriches resources and the organizations that adopt them.

Our development efforts generate resources for collaborative organizations, to help create and maintain communication within and among open source projects; motivate and efficiently organize groups of remote individuals, and; cultivate an open ethos where the principles and practices of open source can foster collaboration co-creation and community.

We want your open source software project, and the community that supports it, to thrive. The success of an open source initiative depends on raising awareness and adoption of your project; keeping your forums alive with information, questions, and challenges; organizing real-life events for distributed communities, and; extending the understanding—and value—of open source software and development models, all toward on a common goal.

We can help, we want to help, and we will help, please ask us how.

Community Support

Questions, answers, mailing lists, live chat and more: Whether you're an open source advocate who wants to spread the word about the benefits of open source, a software developer looking for tips or tools, an entrepreneur with a start-up or business leader transforming your company, we have resources to help.




Ask the OSI

IRC (Live Chat)

You're not the first to come to us looking for answers. Look over the most common questions we get... maybe your answer is there.

Have a question about The Open Source Initiative?
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Join us on IRC at Libera Chat. The #osi channel is for user support and general discussion.


Mailing Lists

Get Social

Almost everything is on our wiki, including work from various teams. A lot of information can be obtained there.

We have many global and regional mailing lists, for announcements, discussion, licensing and other topics. You can also read mailing lists on the web via Mailman.

You can find us on GitHub, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter.

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.