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- Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:52:54 +0000: Support the OSI´s Work on Behalf of the Open Source Community – Open Source Initiative blogs
Participate in Our Membership Drive Today
The Open Source Initiative turn 18 this year, and we´re running now our membership drive for the 2nd time. To coincide with our 2016 Board elections, we´ll be recruiting new members through the end of the elections on March 14, 2016.
By becoming a member, you not only get a number of benefits like discounted conference passes and gratis technical training content, but more importantly you also get the option to immediately get involved in our voting process!
By supporting the OSI through your membership, you ensure that we can protect open source licensing as a community -you don’t just help one open source project, you help all of them! Only with a strong and active member base can we thrive in our role as the internationally recognised nexus of trust and the foundation for open source software. We need your support to support Open Source.
If you are already a member, please consider asking your friends to join us. We´ve added a bit of FAQ text at the end of this post so you can send it along to those folks you think benefit from our work and who would like to participate in the OSI´s governance and projects.
Our membership drive goal is to sign up 2398 new members, as was last year’s goal – a nod to our founding on the 3rd of February, 1998.
Spreading The Word
Please help spread the word about the OSI membership campaign, whether by posting about it, or sharing posts you have read on the subject. Your participation is integral to the success of the Open Source Initiative.
The official hashtag when tweeting about the campaign is #for2398.
Joining takes less than 5 minutes and is just 40 USD. You can become a member for one year and even or have your membership fees renewed automatically each year.
FAQ information about the OSI:
What is the Open Source Initiative (OSI)?
The open source initiative is a non-profit organisation that focusses on raising awareness and adoption rates of Open Source Software (OSS).
We are a pragmatic community organisation that understands how developers, businesses, governments, and open source interact.
We are a globally recognised body for approving OSS licenses, and steward of the Open Source Definition.
The OSI serves as an international nexus of trust, protecting and promoting open source software as well as the communities that develop and depend on it. Since 1998, the OSI has brought together open source developers, organizers, contributors, advocates, and businesses around the common goal of creation through collaboration.
Why should I become a member?
Membership provides several benefits to individuals, the OSI and open source software. Only OSI Individual Members can vote for OSI Board Directors: they can even run for Director seats themselves. Individual Members are invited to join or create OSI sponsored Working Groups and Incubator Projects in various areas of open source advocacy and adoption. Individual Members are eligible for grants to attend conferences and meetings related to open source software on behalf of the OSI. Not only this, but individual members also get the following benefits:
- Free three months subscription to Linux Voice Magazine, with access to back-issues (electronic version).
- 20% off registration fees for O’Reilly’s OSCON.
- Selected free ebooks from O´Reilly Media. (requires an O´Reilly Safari account.)
- 10% off registration for Linux Foundation convened events, such as LinuxCon, CloudOpen or ApacheCon.
Your membership fee ($40 per year) goes directly towards promoting and protecting Open Source Software. If we reach our goal of 2,398 new members, we’ll not only raise $95,920 to help us with our operations and community-based initiatives, we’ll also build an even stronger constituency to support our efforts to raise awareness about and adoption of Affiliate member projects, open source software, its communities and its global scope.
- Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:50:10 +0000: Now Seeking Nominations for the Open Source Initiative’s 2016 Board Elections – Open Source Initiative blogs
The time is once more upon us to elect board members for the Open Source Initiative. This organisation is led by its members, and as such your participation both as a voter, or as a candidate, is essential to our continued success in protecting and promoting open source software, development and communities, and championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure. If you are not already a member, consider changing that now so you can participate in our upcoming elections!
For those considering nominating candidates or running for a seat on the board of directors, there are just a few items to note before nominating yourself or others.
Individual Member seats are appointed based on Individual Members’ votes for a 2 year term and a maximum 3 consecutive terms.
The representation of the board is as follows:
- Five Directors of the Board are appointed based on Individual Members’ votes (2 year term, maximum 3 consecutive terms)
- Five Directors of the Board are appointed based on Affiliate Members’ votes (3 year term, maximum 2 consecutive terms)
- One Director of the Board will be dedicated to the General Manager, ex officio (term to last length of employment)
Nominations open on February 3rd, and will run until February 15th. Only current members may run for an individual member seat on the board.
HOW TO RUN
Standing for election is quite straightforward. Current Individual Members who would like to run for an Individual Member seat just need to send a contact request, with the category “Candidate Nomination”, via the OSI Contact Form. When we receive your request, we will send you back the information required to create your election profile. Our current election eligibility policy can be be found in Article V, Sections 3-5 of the Open Source Initiative bylaws. Further information can be found in the FAQ on our elections page. Important dates relating to nominations, voting, and newly elected board members taking their seats, can be found below.
Remember, if you are not already a member, and you would like to vote and/or run in the upcoming election, we would ask you to please consider registering now for membership. Not only will you have a say in the upcoming elections, but registering as an Individual Member comes with multiple benefits; OSI Individuals receive several premiums through our Affiliate Members and Corporate Sponsors.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & IMPORTANT DATES:
February 3, 2016: Nominations open
February 15, 2016: Nominations close (Candidate’s’ platform is required upon nomination),
February 29, 2016: Voting opens
March 14, 2016 (midnight PST): Voting closes
March 21, 2016: Run-off elections (if needed)
April 1, 2016: Elected members take seats
- Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:17:23 +0000: Indiana University Joins Open Source Initiative – Open Source Initiative blogs
University continues commitment to open source software and communities through OSI Membership.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Jan. 24, 2016 — The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) announced today the Affiliate Membership of Indiana University (IU), a long time champion for the use of open source software as a means for greater efficiency in higher education. The partnership highlights the OSI’s recent efforts to extend support to higher education: helping colleges and universities across the globe realize the benefits of open source software, develpoment models and communities.
IU has long been committed to the development and adoption of open source software as well as the cultivation of open communities of practice. Under the leadership of Brad Wheeler, IU’s vice president for IT/CIO and interim dean of the IU School of Informatics and Computing, the university has co-founded some of higher education’s most transformative open source software and service collaborations including the Sakai Project for teaching and learning software, and Kuali for financial and other administrative systems.
IU joins other higher education Affiliates, the University of Southern Queensland, Marist College, and the Apereo Foundation–a consortium of over 100 colleges and universities working to co-develop open source software for education. Affiliate membership is the ideal way for institutions of higher education to support the mission of the OSI and contribute to the continued awareness and adoption of open source software, while growing their own local open source software initiatives, portfolios and communities on campus and across higher education.
Patrick Masson, OSI General Manager and Director, welcomed IU and acknowledged the universitiy’s impact, “Indiana University’s investment, and especially the work of thier CIO Brad Wheeler, is arguably one of the greatest factors for the growth and success of open source in higher education.” Masson added, “With IU’s lead, open source software moved out of the narrow confines of the data center, to broad adoption across the entire enterprise supporting user-facing systems for both academic and administrative services.”
In 2009, the IU Office of the Vice President for Information Technology was recognized among the nation’s top 100 organizations by CIO magazine for its leadership in developing open source software with dozens of colleges, universities and commercial partners.
“By becoming one of the first higher education institutions to join the Open Source Initiative, Indiana University shows its continued commitment to open source,” said Daniel Calarco, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology at Indiana University. Calarco will serve as the university’s affiliate member representative to OSI.
The OSI Affiliate Member Program, available at no-cost, invites non-profit and not-for-profit organizations to directly participate in the direction and development of the OSI through Board of Directors elections as well as incubator projects and working groups that support the open source movement. Affiliate members engage with some of the world’s most successful open source software leaders, projects, businesses and communities through member driven initiatives to, not only raise awareness and adoption of open source software, but also to extend and improve their own open source efforts through co-creation, collaboration and community. Campuses interested in learning more about the expanded Affiliate Member Program can visit the OSI website at http://opensource.org/affiliates or contact the OSI directly via http://opensource.org/contact.
About Indiana University
Founded in 1820, Indiana University is a major public research institution more than 114,000 students across eight campuses. Digital textbooks, virtual software delivery, and flexible learning environments support IU’s mobile community and place the university at the cutting edge of IT for higher education. As part of this culture of innovation, Indiana University manages the nation’s leading research networks, heads research initiatives supported by the National Science Foundation, partners with other universities on open source software development, and provides leadership in cybersecurity. For more about IT at IU, see http://it.iu.edu.
About the Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (http://opensource.org) protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. As the steward of the Open Source Definition, the OSI is recognized internationally as the sole standards body for certifying open source licenses and preventing abuse of the open source concept by bad actors. The (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
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- 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