OW2, the global community for open source infrastructure software and application platforms, and the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the global steward of the Open Source Definition, announced at OW2con’17 that OSI has extended our support to OW2 as an associate member.
While both the OSI and OW2 have been working for yeas to promote software freedom, extending the partnership between the two organizations now, signifies several recent developments in shared initiatives:
- This year's OW2con’17 central theme was “New Challenges of Mainstream Open Source Software”, focusing on open source software as a viable and a mature option for corporate and government end-users. Both OW2 and OSI are increasing their efforts to help interested and adopting organizations understand the benefits of open source software, and to support decision makers through identification, and implementation.
- Simon Phipps, Board Director of the Open Source Initiative, is providing a keynote at OW2con’17 highlighting Open Source in its the Third Decade. OSI was established in 1998, and with it the term "open source software" to describe software licensed to enable collaboration around free software. 2018 consequently sees the start of the third decade of open source. What changes will we see? What principles can guide us?
- Cedric Thomas, CEO of OW2 offered, “As OW2 is celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Open Source Initiative is about to celebrate it's 20th. I’m looking forward to see our teams, members and communities working more closely. Together, we can address more market needs while developing new synergies”.
- Patrick Masson, Director and General Manager of the Open Source Initiative, acknowledges: “If indeed, as many now say, "open source has won", then we all should thank OW2 for playing their part over the past 10 years as a visionary, innovator and leader. All the best for the next ten”.
This partnership will bring OSI and OW2 members the benefits of a greater technical alignment of the two organizations, joint workshops and community events. For the latest opportunities, please visit our websites.
About the Open Source Initiative
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. The OSI is the stewards of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant and is also actively involved in Open Source community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software. OSI Board members frequently travel the world to attend Open Source conferences and events, meet with open source developers and users, and to discuss with executives from the public and private sectors about how Open Source technologies, licenses, and models of development can provide economic and strategic advantages. You can learn more about the OSI at opensource.org or by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org
OW2 is an independent industry community dedicated to developing open source code infrastructure (middleware and generic applications) and to fostering a vibrant community and business ecosystem. The OW2 Consortium hosts some one hundred technology projects, including ASM, Bonita, Chameleon, CLIF, DocDoku, Easybeans, Emerginov, Fractal, FusionDirectory, JOnAS, JORAM, JOTM, LemonLDAP:NG, Lutece, PetalsESB, Prelude, ProActive, SAT4J, Spagic, Spago4Q, SpagoBI, Talend Studio, Telosys, WebLab, XWiki. Visit www.ow2.org