Open Standards Requirement for Software - FAQ

Q: Is OSI going to develop an Open Standards for Software certification mark similar to the Open Source Approved mark for source licenses?

A: Our focus at this time is on education and achieving endorsement for the Requirements document. In the future we may consider a mark for open standards, similar to the one for open source licenses.

Q: Who is supportive of these Requirements?

A: We have been building support by speaking to key people in the Free and Open Source Software movements. In the future there will be opportunities to endorse the OSRfS.

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.