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  • 1. The Evolution Starts NowDeb BryantBoard DirectorOpen Source InitiativePresented to theOpen SourceCommunity SummitMay 10, 2013
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Context• Ten Board Members• Infrastructure = 4 board + 3 volunteers• No staff• funding approx. $25k per annumthrough 2012
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Month to Month• Board legal & fiscal• Represent OSI community interests• Membership outreach
  • 7. Missed Opportunities• Documentation & other valuableeducational content are in short supplyon siteOver 10 million unique visits to opensource.orgless than 15% return
  • 8. 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
  • 9. • 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. Individual Membershipopensource.org/joinlicensed to drive & resource priorities
  • 13. Board of DirectorsIndividualMemberElectionJuly 2013OSI board of directorsMay 8, 2013Google Offices, Washington,D.C.
  • 14. OSI Affiliates
  • 15. More EducationMay 9Open SourceLicense ClinicLibrary ofCongressExecutive PanelIDA, CENDI,OSI, Red Hat,EclipseFoundation
  • 16. Education Gap• Studyscanned 28%of githubrepository• Only 14.9%identifiedlicense in topleveldirectory• 28% buriedlicense datain “readme”file• “GPL - butfor non-commercialuse only"Source:Aaron Williamson,comments 4.18.3013
  • 17. Why Not?
  • 18. Send Reinforcements• Will hire first employee by July of 2013• General manager with a first priority to ourmembership needs
  • 19. Demystifying LicensingEverythingshould bemade assimple aspossible, butnot simpler.Albert Einsteinpotential project parters
  • 20. BrazilGermany!Italy!India!Japan!Malaysia!Spain!Sweden!VenezuelaGovernment-Funded Centersalso known as“Competency Centers” Why not US?
  • 21. Thanks!Deb BryantOpen Source InitiativeOpen SourceCommunity SummitMay 10, 2013
  • 22. Moreinformation?Deborah Bryantdebbryant@opensource.orgopensource.orgMark Prutsalis ofSahana Foundation atFirst International Crisis CongressWashington, D.C. USA
  • 23. • Additional Resources & references• OSI web site http://opensource.org• GitHub License Study:• http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/18/github_licensing_study/• License choosers:• http://www.tldrlegal.com/• http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/apps/licdiff/
  • 24. Unconference!session pitchesOpen SourceCommunity SummitMay 10, 2013