OSI Welcomes New Affiliates, Opens For Affiliate Applications

The OSI Board is very pleased to announce that five significant organisations have applied for and been granted Affiliate Membership of the Open Source Initiative, including the first User Group. Additionally, Affiliate Membership is now open to applications from any eligible open source group. The new Affiliates are:

  • AFUL, Association Francophone des Utilisateurs de Logiciels Libres (French speaking Libre Software Users' Association)
  • The Document Foundation, home to the LibreOffice community
  • The OuterCurve Foundation, working to enable the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities
  • OW2, the open source community for infrastructure software
  • The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property

A warm welcome to each of them! They join a strong existing Affiliate Membership. Full details of OSI Affiliate Membership and the names of the Affiliate Members are now available on OSI's Affiliate Membership pages together with details for other non-profit and not-for profit organisations on how to join.

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.