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Open Source Initiative
- Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:03:47 +0000: California Association of Voting Officials, Latest to Join Open Source Initiative – Open Source Initiative blogs
Organizations aligned in goals of raising awareness and adoption of open source in government and elections.
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), the premiere organization that promotes and protects open source, announced today that the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) has joined the OSI as an Affiliate Member. CAVO is dedicated to the development of open source voting systems for use in public elections, and provides training, education and management best practices to election officials for the effective employment of technologies. OSI Affiliate Members are organizations committed to public support for open source software and the role the OSI plays therein. The current Affiliate membership is a who’s-who in the world of open source software.
CAVO and OSI recognize that advances in open source development can provide citizens and governments the opportunity to ensure that everyone’s vote is counted accurately and securely without being held hostage to private vendors nor aging, outdated infrastructure. Innovation through open source development will provide communities the capacity and certainty to administer elections for this century and keep the promise of democracy, namely that your vote will always count.
“CAVO’s Affiliate Membership not only exemplifies the increasing awareness and adoption of open source software beyond the technology sector, but their work also highlights the alignment in values and benefits among community-based development projects in support of public services like voting,” said Patrick Masson, General Manager of the OSI. “CAVO, like the OSI and many of our other Affiliate Members, has worked with local and national government, advocating for open source software and practices. We’re very excited to learn from—and share—their experience and success with the broader open source community.”
One of the most important activities of the OSI is as an internationally recognized standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation.
“We are excited to be an Affiliate Member with the Open Source Initiative. This relationship will be instrumental in our civil rights effort toward transparency in public elections,” said CAVO Secretary Brent Turner. CAVO President, Timothy B Mayer added, “The OSI provides a foundation to our election reform efforts. We proudly support them and are honored to be members.”
About The California Association of Voting Officials
Formed in December of 2013, the California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO) is a California nonprofit non-stock mutual benefit corporation designed to create new voting systems utilizing free open source software and inexpensive commodity components. CAVO’s scope includes technical support, professional development and advocacy for the effective employment of open source technologies and management practices. You can learn more about CAVO at: www.cavo-us.org/
About the Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, or to learn how to become an affiliate, please visit: http://opensource.org/
- Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:31:20 +0000: Statement of Support: Open Source Licensing and Community Intent – Open Source Initiative blogs
Christoph Hellwig, supported by Software Freedom Conservancy (Conservancy), has initiated a lawsuit in Germany against VMware for alleged violations of the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2, an OSI approved license. If you aren’t following the case yet, it’s worth starting with the statements published by Conservancy, the Free Software Foundation, and VMware.
Open source software authors can choose among several OSI approved licenses to make sure their software can be freely used, changed and shared. Open source licenses are legal documents, but open source communities also view them as social contracts that express the expectations of software authors in terms of collaborative development.
OSI strongly supports compliance with the terms of open source licenses, including the one involved in this case, the GPL. OSI also encourages respectful collaboration as peers between downstream recipients of open source software and upstream software developers and believes that such collaboration is most effective if participants are mindful of both their legal obligations and community expectations. It is mainly thanks to balancing collaboration and compliance that open source software can thrive.
While litigation around open source licenses should always be a last resort to obtain license compliance, it’s sometimes necessary. OSI is following the development of this litigation closely as it may provide useful guidance about interpretation of the terms of the GPL.
- Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:11:07 +0000: Why I am a Member of the Open Source Initiative – Open Source Initiative blogs
(Original post by Leslie Hawthorn, CC-BY)
And you should be, too.
Full disclosure: I sit on the Board of the Open Source Initiative and am running for reelection in 2015. My board seat is a volunteer position and I receive no financial compensation for this work.
For the first time ever, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) is running a membership drive to recruit more individual members. The goal is to recruit 2,398 new members, with that number chosen in homage to the organization’s founding date on February 3, 1998. As an individual member of the OSI, you receive a number of benefits for joining:
- Direct participation in the OSI’s governance through voting for Individual Members board seats and/or standing for election yourself
- Free three months subscription to Linux Voice Magazine, with access to back-issues (electronic version)
- 20% off registration fees for O’Reilly’s OSCON
- 10% off registration for Linux Foundation convened events, such as LinuxCon, CloudOpen or ApacheCon
- A nifty membership card
— OpenSourceInitiative (@OpenSourceOrg) February 11, 2015
While the benefits you receive for your 40 USD annual membership dues are pretty great, they’re not the only reasons to support the OSI by becoming a member today. (I’d say there not even the best reasons to become a member, but I’m a big fan of participatory democracy so I’m hesitant to say the first bullet above isn’t the best reason to join. :) )
By joining the OSI as an Individual Member, your voice and membership dollars are put to good use in the service of the OSI’s mission: to promote and protect open source software. The OSI accomplishes its mission in a number of ways:
- Providing an incubator framework and set of collaboration tools for various working groups, such as the newly launched group to work with crowdfunding sites to ensure claims that products are open source are accurate and the creation of a curated content library for professionals who need to learn about open source software.
- Raising awareness of the good works of our individual and affiliate members through our blog, social media and our monthly newsletter.
- Building bridges between communities who can benefit from open source software, e.g. convening the Open Communities Reception at EDUCAUSE 2014, along with OSI Affiliate Member The Apereo Foundation. (For those who are not familiar with it, EDUCAUSE is the largest conference worldwide on the subject of IT and higher education.)
- Educating the public at large about open source software through contact with the media, in-person events and curated content.
- Reviewing and/or approving new open source software licenses.
With your help as an Individual Member, the OSI can not only continue to execute on these strategic initiatives, we can also break new ground on additional projects, such as giving http://opensource.org a much needed overhaul. Even more importantly, with each new member joining us, the power of our support and promotion of open source software becomes ever stronger.
I hope you will join us today and participate in our upcoming election for Board of Director Individual Members.
Joining takes less than 5 minutes and just 40 USD. You can become a member for one year or have your membership fees renewed automatically each year.
Please support the OSI now!
- Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:05:33 +0000: Hotel Wi-Fi not only hideously expensive – it’s horribly insecure – The Register – Networks
Wide-open rsync blunder leaves popular gateways vulnerable to hijacking
Travelers are used to getting screwed over by hotel internet access.…
- Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:07:56 +0000: FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up – The Register – Networks
It’s net neutrality, I’m Buckeye, they’re Little John, is that all clear?
Net neutrality Tom Wheeler, the chairman of US broadband regulator the FCC, fresh from no fewer than four Congressional grillings, has given a spirited defense of his radical net neutrality rules.…
- Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:58:12 +0000: Voda UK CEO says one thing about not-spots, Minister of Fun says another – The Register – Networks
Gov, biz duke it out over coverage and licensing plans
Don’t hold your breath for better mobile phone coverage. While Vodafone UK CEO Jeroen Hoencamp is hopeful that the government will do its bit as part of the not-spots agreement, Minister of Fun Ed Vaziey claims he’s already done it.…
- Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:24:32 +0000: Two Drafts in Last Call: N-Triples, N-Quads – W3C News
The RDF Working Group has published two Last Call Working Drafts:
- N-Triples. N-Triples is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF graph. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
- N-Quads. N-Quads is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF dataset. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:26:31 +0000: Updated Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0 – W3C News
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group today published updates of two Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) For background, important information about techniques, and opportunities to contribute to future updates, please see the Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:16:36 +0000: Last Call: Media Source Extensions – W3C News