OSI Board Meeting Minutes, Sunday, October 3, 2010 (Face-to-Face meeting, Paris)


Board Members

  1. Dr. Fabio Kon, Director
  2. Dr. Martin Michlmayr, Director
  3. Mr. Russell Nelson, Director
  4. Mr. Simon Phipps, Director
  5. Ms. Alolita Sharma, Secretary
  6. Dr. Tony Wasserman, Director

Guests and Observers


Expected, but Not Present


Sent Regrets

  1. Mr. Michael Tiemann, President
  2. Ms. Danese Cooper, Treasurer
  3. Mr. Harshad Gune, Director
  4. Mr. Andrew Oliver, Asst. Treasurer
  5. Mr. Mark Radcliffe, General Counsel
  6. Ms. Nnenna Nwakanma, Board Observer
  7. Mr. Ken Coar, Board Observer


Internationalization of the OSI web site

The Board discussed internationalization of the OSI web site. The site should allow the user to choose a certain language and browse the site using that language. Ideally, the site should detect the user locale automatically. At the moment, we don't have human resources to implement internationalization, but we should look for help. The Board discussed whether it would make sense to use Google translate to provide automatic translations for pages where we can not find translators. General agreement was that this was not a good idea.

Education Committee

The education committee decided to create a directory of resources of educational efforts related to open source at universities, open source projects and for-profit companies. Possible fields of the directory are:

  • Name
  • Organization Name
  • URL
  • Type of Course
  • Language
  • Delivery Mechanism: Online/Campus/Media/Podcasts;

The meeting concluded at 13:00.

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.