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Open Source Initiative
- Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:06:08 +0000: The importance of community-oriented GPL enforcement – Open Source Initiative blogs
The Free Software Foundation and Software Freedom Conservancy have released a statement of principles on how GPL enforcement work can and should be done in a community-oriented fashion. The president of the Open Source Initiative, Allison Randal, participated as a co-author in the drafting of the principles, together with the leadership of FSF and Conservancy.
The Open Source Initiative’s mission centers on advocating for and supporting efforts to improve community best practices, in order to promote and protect open source (founded on the principles of free software). While the OSI’s work doesn’t include legal enforcement actions for the GPL or any of the family of licenses that conform to the Open Source Definition, we applaud these principles set forth by the FSF and Conservancy, clearly defining community best practices around GPL enforcement.
The vast majority of users, modifiers, and redistributors of free software and open source comply with the licenses of the software they consume, a task that has been greatly simplified in recent years thanks to the wide availability of tools and data resources to help with compliance, available under free software, open source, and open content licenses. Compliance failures that do occur are frequently honest mistakes, which can be repaired with some gentle guidance and an offer of education. Litigation around free software and open source license compliance is very rare, as it should be. But sometimes, litigation is necessary to protect free software and open source, not only for the benefit of current users, but also to support our communities in their chosen means and mode of collaboration, and for the long-term preservation of our principles in legal systems around the world.
When GPL enforcement (or any free software and open source license enforcement) is done in a way that isn’t community-oriented, that action can be actively harmful to freedom-focused communities, and to the relationship of trust between our projects and their individual, organizational, and corporate users. That relationship of trust is absolutely essential to the success of free software and open source. Clearly defining the principles of community-oriented GPL enforcement, and what redistributors can expect if they are contacted by one of these organizations about a potential GPL violation, is an important step of progress in community best practices, and helps make it clear that free software and open source is the safest choice for collaborative software development. This statement of principles for GPL enforcement is also a valuable example of the kind of principles that should apply in community-oriented enforcement activity across the entire family of free software and open source licenses, with some variation in detail for the specific terms of other copyleft licenses and permissive licenses.
- Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:46:22 +0000: Gandi Joins Open Source Initiative Corporate Sponsorship Program – Open Source Initiative blogs
Sponsorship consolidates technical infrastructure and support for OSI’s web hosting and administrative systems.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sept. 2, 2015 For years the Open Source Initiative® (OSI), along with a dedicated corp of volunteers, managed a variety of internet services hosted on infrastructure distributed across multiple providers. For OSI staff and volunteers working to support the ever-growing open source software movement, this created complexity and inconsistency. Today, through a generous corporate sponsoship agreement, the OSI is pleased to announce Gandi.net as the organization’s primary serivce provider, offering hosting and professional support services for the non-profit’s web based services.
Originally founded in 1999 to create an alternative and independent line of Internet services, today Gandi.net enjoys an international profile with offices in Luxembourg, France, Taiwan and the United States. Clients range from individuals, associations, and small companies, to public institutions such as the European Union and large multinational corporations. In fact, today Gandi.net has more than 1,700,000 domain names from 192 countries, which places the company among the top domain name registrars worldwide. As part of their corporate sponsorship, Gandi.net will be donating professional hosting and support services for the OSI’s Drupal and CiviCRM environments (opensource.org), Mailman email lists, and other web related applications and services.
“Gandi has long been committed to the Free and Open Source Software community, providing invaluable support to open source software projects in need of a high quality registrar, hoster and SSL Certification Authority,” said OSI Board Director Paul Tagliamonte. “The Open Source Initiative is so very thankful for Gandi’s support. We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with Gandi who has again proven their commitment to FOSS and as an ally in our mission to protect and promote Open Source, worldwide,” added Tagliamonte.
Stephan Ramoin, CEO of Gandi, affirms: “We are thrilled to welcome OSI into our family of supported projects. They embody the open source philosophy: professional, reactive, idealistic, dedicated, and genuinely fun. In short, OSI is just the kind of organization who can be trusted to ensure the brightest possible future for open source.”
The OSI Corporate Sponsorship Program recognizes the growing interest among companies from across a variety of sectors in supporting open source software projects, development and communities. Corporate sponsors enable the OSI to continue its important work of promoting and protecting open source through awareness, advocacy and by building bridges between open source communities of practice. The program provides an open and transparent mechanism to allow corporations to show their support for the open source software movement and the activities of the OSI, increase the diversity of stakeholders and viewpoints within the OSI & among the OSS community, and raise funds for OSI operations.
Gandi.net provides domain name registration and management services in France and internationally. The company also provides hosting services to businesses, organizations, and individuals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Paris, France with additional offices in San Francisco, California, Taipei, and Luxembourg. You can learn more about Gandi at: https://www.gandi.net
About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) 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, please visit: opensource.org.
- Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:37:54 +0000: OSI Welcomes First Higher Education Affiliate Member: University of Southern Queensland – Open Source Initiative blogs
University’s culture of “openness” extends beyond Open Source Software to Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access in research and data.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2015 — Recognizing the growth of open source software within higher education, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) recently expanded their Affiliate Membership Program to include colleges and universities. Today the OSI announced The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has been approved as the international non-profit’s first Higher Education Affiliate Member. OSI General Manager Patrick Masson said of the news, “The OSI Board of Directors is thrilled USQ stepped forward so quickly upon learning of the Affiliate Program’s expansion to institutions of higher education, and we’re excited to welcome our first univesity.” USQ’s mission, “to enable broad participation in higher education and make significant contributions to research and community development,” not only highlights its ongoing commitment to openness and inclusion, but also aligns with the OSI’s goals in open source awareness, adoption and community development.
“USQ supports the concept of collaboration and openness,” said Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor and President of USQ. “We are working hard to build a culture of open use and reuse of educational resources, with an emphasis on working with communities and contributing.” The university is an active member of the Moodle project working with the Moodle Development Coop, and also participants in the ePrints, Maraha and Wordpress communities. In addition, USQ has developed and released “ReDBox,” an open source collaboration suite for researchers to share information about data collections.
USQ is also expanding their “Collaboratorium” a university-wide Wordpress platform, to discuss issues related to openness, and foster the emergence of community-driven ideas and initiatives. Current efforts include “Enabling New Futures” and “The USQ Salon Series,” each of which complements the university’s active involvement in discussion around open activities.Open-Inform, also in Wordpress, has been developed to support an international community by generating conversation and information about open education, and more broadly openness. For OERu (Open Educational Resources universitas) open education courses USQ utilizes the OERu WikiEducator site as their teaching and learning platform and MediaWiki to upload any media required for those courses. Other open education courses have utilized Moodle OpenDesk as their platform. USQ also has institutional collaborations with the OERu and broader OER communities.
“Institutions of higher education have a long and impressive history in the development of open source software,” noted Masson. “USQ exemplifies how engagement within open source communities cultivates an open ethos, where values like transparency, collaboration, and community are applied broadly, inspiring other academic initiatives around educational materials, teaching and learning activities, and research.”
The OSI Affiliate Member Program, available at no-cost, allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations—unequivocally independent groups with a clear commitment to open source—to join and support the OSI’s mission to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.
“We here at USQ are very excited about our affiliation with the Open Source Initiative,” added Thomas, “and look forward to a continued and collaborative partnership.”
About The University of Southern Queensland
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading providers of on-campus and online (distance) education programs. With more than 75 percent of students studying via distance or online, USQ’s delivery of external education resources continues to lead the way. To learn more about USQ and thier innovative open initiatives, see: http://collaboratorium.net.au/wordpress/
About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) 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, please visit: https://opensource.org.
- Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:27:01 +0000: nbn™ loses chief operating officer Greg Adcock – The Register – Networks
So long and thanks for all the contracts, says nbn™ CEO Morrow
nbn™, the entity building Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has announced that chief operating officer Greg Adcock has departed the company.…
- Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:22:12 +0000: UK.gov suspends broadband connection voucher scheme – The Register – Networks
‘Funds fully committed,’ crows DCMS
The government has suspended its broadband connection voucher scheme, following last month’s announcement that more than 40,000 SMEs had got their hands on the funds.…
- Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:54:06 +0000: NASA preps test of broadband-from-spaaaaace project – The Register – Networks
CubeSat trial hopes for 200 Mbps downloads
NASA is getting ready for the first test of a cubesat as a broadband-in-space platform, after receiving confirmation that last week’s Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) satellite is in position and operational.…
- 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