Defining Open Source AI

The time has come to have a clear definition

We’re driving a multi-stakeholder process to define an “Open Source AI”

An open process

This Deep Dive is a series of events, in person and online, gathering opinions and comments from individual developers, lawyers, researchers, non-profit organizations, companies and government officials developing and using AI systems.

An ambitious goal

OSI is bringing together global experts to establish a shared set of principles that can recreate the permissionless, pragmatic and simplified collaboration for AI practitioners, similar to what the Open Source Definition has done.

A global drafting and review process

June 7

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Open call for papers, webinar series

Collect ideas from the community describing precise problem areas in AI and collect suggestions for solutions.

June 21, 2023
San Francisco, CA

Kickoff meeting

A small gathering at the Mozilla HQ to set the ground rules, create the first working document of a Definition of Open Source AI.

July 14
Portland, OR

Community review #1

Meeting at birds of a feather in Portland during the FOSSY event from the Software Freedom Conservancy.

July 27-28
Geneva, Switzerland

Community review #2

Meeting at birds of a feather at the Linux Foundation Open Source Congress in Geneva.


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Deep Dive Webinars

Host the online presentations from experts approved by the Deep Dive program committee

September 19-21
Bilbao, Spain

Community review #3

Meeting at birds of a feather in Bilbao, Spain around the Linux Foundation Open Source Summit.

October 17
Raleigh, NC

Release candidate 1

Meeting at All Things Open at OSI’s day event. We’ll collect all the feedback and prepare a release candidate of the Open Source AI Definition.

Always on

Online comments

During this process the draft proposal will always be available online with comments open.

To be continued in 2024

More chances to review

The process will continue in 2024 with more online and in person meetings all over the world.

Deep Dive AI Webinar Series

As part of our Deep Dive: AI, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) is gathering a diverse collection of leaders to collaborate in drafting a definition for “Open Source AI.” Speakers from law, academia, NGOs, enterprise, and the OSS community will present webinars addressing pressing issues and potential solutions in our development and use of AI systems. Webinars will run between September 26 and October 12, 2023. Each session will include live QA with attendees.

All Things Open – Deep Dive AI

TUESDAY (October 17, 2023)

11:30 am-12:15 pm ET

Open Source 201

Pamela Chestek (Chestek Legal)

12:45 pm-1:30 pm ET

Panel: Open Source Public Policy

Deb Bryant (OSI), Stephen Jacobs (Open@RIT)

1:45 pm-2:30 pm ET

Panel: Open Source Compliance & Security

Aeva Black (CISA/OSI), Madison Oliver (GitHub), Brian Dussault (Stacklok)

2:45 pm-3:30 pm ET

Open Source AI definition: preview, feedback and working session (Extended Session)

3:45 pm-4:30 pm ET

Open Source AI definition: preview, feedback and working session (Extended Session)

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