PALO ALTO, Calif. - July 2, 2019 -- The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), the non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community, announced today the affiliate membership of TODO Group. Boasting membership from some of today's most active corporations working in and with Open Source Software, the TODO Group shares experiences, develops best practices, and collaborates around common tooling to address some of the most common challenges related to open source program management, development, deployment, and management.
As Open Source Software continues its growth into and across corporate infrastructure, more and more companies are seeking peers and partners to help understand, not only "the value of open source" but "the open source ethos" as well. Businesses across industries--not just technology--use, contribute to, and maintain, thousands of open source projects, both large and small. Despite open source's twenty year history, many of these programs face challenges in ensuring high-quality and frequent releases, engaging with developer communities, and contributing back to other projects effectively. Here, as a resource to those seeking authentic engagement with open source communities of practice, the OSI and TODO Group will work together, helping organizations identify potential projects, assess community alignment, and participate credibly and reliably to foster success.
"TODO Group wants to join as an affiliate to support the mission of the OSI which we believe is a critical organization protecting the values of the open source community." says TODO Group co-founder, Chris Aniszczyk
Of particular note are, The Open Source Guides, developed by the TODO Group in collaboration with The Linux Foundation (also an OSI Affiliate Member), and the larger open source community. The Guides collect best practices from the leading companies engaged in open source development, and aim to help organizations successfully implement and run an open source program office. The OSI and TODO Group expect these guides to be living documents that evolve via community contributions. The TODO Group also runs the official open source program management survey every year.
"OSI is excited about the work TODO Group is doing, especially with its guides. They're paving the way for companies to more fully realize the value of Open Source Software, both for the business and for the end user," said OSI Vice President, Josh Simmons.
The OSI Affiliate Member Program is available at no-cost to nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies that support the OSI's mission to promote and protect open source software. As the steward of the Open Source Definition certifying Open Source Software Licenses, by establishing such certification as the standard for open source software development and distribution, and with the support of our Affiliate Membership, the OSI has become a cornerstone of software freedom.
About TODO Group
TODO: talk openly, develop openly. The TODO Group members believe they will improve their open source programs - and their contributions to the open source movement as a whole - by working together. TODO is specifically intended as a forum for companies' open source program managers to come together. Members generally tend to represent companies who consider open source to be an adjunct their core business. To learn more about the TODO Group, visit, todogroup.org.
About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, The Open Source Initiative protects and promotes Open Source Software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition, and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. The OSI is a public charity with global vision based in California. For more information about the OSI, please see, opensource.org.