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The Evolution Starts NowDeb BryantBoard DirectorOpen Source InitiativePresented to theOpen SourceCommunity SummitMay 10, 2013
OSI’s Starting Point•OSI founded 1998 by key figures in free andopen source software•Steward of the Open Source Definition•Making open source licenses simpler fordevelopers and businesseswww.opensource.org
Context• Ten Board Members• Infrastructure = 4 board + 3 volunteers• No staff• funding approx. $25k per annumthrough 2012
Day to DayKindly manage...• global help desk for disenfranchisedsoftware downloaders (answering allemail even if misdirected)• requests to participate in surveys/studies/class papers exceed capacity
Day to DayResponsive to OSI Public Facing List:• Requests for resources, contacts, projectinfo, speakers• Public input for content amendments• Trademark and Legal alerts• General List Moderation
Month to Month• Board legal & ﬁscal• Represent OSI community interests• Membership outreach
Missed Opportunities• Documentation & other valuableeducational content are in short supplyon siteOver 10 million unique visits to opensource.orgless than 15% return
The OSI Mission: More than Licenses"to educate about and advocate for thebenefits of open source and to buildbridges among different constituenciesin the open source community.”Best achieved through broader participationand membership engagement
• OSI to date has been a Board-only entity• Moving to a member-led governance• Members will:– decide how OSI should operate– build education initiatives• – use OSI as a policy venue– co-ordinate locally and globally over initiatives• Board will:– Facilitate these actions with the lightest touch –Represent Members and be elected by them – Preventregulatory capture and strategy driftEvolution
OSI Membership ProgramsGive Voice to a World of Stakeholders• Affiliate MembersNon Profit Organizations with a sharedinterest and support for free software• Individual MembersFree Software enthusiasts who want toshow their support Free Software• Corporate MembersA future program to allow commercialinterest a balanced opportunity to supportfree software (winter 2012)New
OSI Membership ProgramsGive Voice to a World of Stakeholders• Affiliate MembersNon Profit Organizations with a sharedinterest and support for free software• Individual MembersFree Software enthusiasts who want toshow their support Free Software• Corporate Donors2013: Companies Step Up & Contribute>Corporatefeedback;supportwithoutgovernancerole
Individual Membershipopensource.org/joinlicensed to drive & resource priorities
Board of DirectorsIndividualMemberElectionJuly 2013OSI board of directorsMay 8, 2013Google Ofﬁces, Washington,D.C.