Practical Open Source Information 2021

Open source has grown well beyond "just the licenses" and so this series will be a forum for open source practitioners to discuss all the details of implementing open source. Sessions will focus on "nuts and bolts" knowledge that organizations of all sizes need whether they’re already using lots of open source or are just getting started on their open source journey.

The questions we hope to tackle include: How do you get engineering ready for open source? How do you help your lawyers learn about the current legal thinking around open source? What resources are available for open source users and designers? How do we move from casual user to pivotal open source citizen? How does a license choice affect the other aspects of your work?

Our audience for this series is companies, nonprofits and academic institutions that are interested in using more open source. By hearing from current practitioners, new adopters will be able to get up to speed more quickly and avoid some of the mistakes others have made. Our Call For Presentations is open now.

Some of the topics we're interested in hearing about in our first event include:

  • How to become a more open source savvy lawyer

  • How to incorporate open source into your procurement processes

  • How to pitch the value of open source internally

  • What are the use cases for the newer licenses?

  • How to find solid open source legal advice

  • How to choose a license

  • How to keep your boss from writing a new license

  • How to bring people in different departments together


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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.