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6 Examples Of Open Source Best Practices In Knowledge-Sharing Projects

The very effort of creating open source software is a massive knowledge-sharing experience, covering all the domains of software development with many methods and practices. Although there is rarely only one way to achieve a goal, open source communities have, over time, honed their knowledge into best practices as a natural byproduct of the open collaboration and transparency passed on within their respective communities. But what about best practices that span communities, which are useful beyond the unique needs of a single project and broadly applicable to any and all open source software efforts? I'll look at six different knowledge-sharing communities that take six approaches to gathering, maintaining, and distributing their best practices.

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7 Questions To Ask Any Open Source Project

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | January 21, 2015

Whether you're starting an open source project or deciding whether to participate in one, you don't want to waste time in an endeavor that imposes arbitrary restrictions that will stop you in your tracks down the line...

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APIcon UK: Open Source Fuels The API Economy

Mark Boyd | ProgrammableWeb | September 25, 2014

Industry leaders say open source is the backbone of the software infrastructure required to fuel the API economy. At APIcon UK, Simon Phipps, president of the Open Source Initiative, explained why open source licensing will enable the API and Internet of Things economies to grow...

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EUPL And CeCILL Become Compatible

Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz | European Commission | June 25, 2013

The French law free software licence CeCILL 2.1 is published, ready for being OSI approved and it is compatible with the EUPL. Read More »

EUPL And CeCILL Become Compatible

Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz | European Commission | June 25, 2013

The French law free software licence CeCILL 2.1 is published, ready for being OSI approved and it is compatible with the EUPL. Read More »

Five Things Successful Companies Know About Open Source

Guy Martin | Open Source Delivers | June 26, 2013

It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention, and also that brevity is the soul of wit. In preparing for a recent trip to Samsung Electronics corporate headquarters in South Korea, I had a chance to test both of these theories. Read More »

How The Eclipse Foundation Evolves To Stay Relevant

David Huff | opensource.com | October 22, 2013

The Eclipse Foundation supports a vibrant an open source community. Those who work on their projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools, and runtimes for building, deploying, and managing software across the lifecycle. Read More »

Interview with Simon Phipps-Patent Trolls and Open Document Format

Gordon Haff interview with OSI's Simon Phipps conducted on July 31st. Phipps talks recent US software patent case decisions and why they're so significant as well as the recent UK government decision about open document formats. Who are the winners and the losers? Read More »

Mozilla Announces Second Set of COVID-19 Solutions Fund Recipients

Press Release | Mozilla | June 8, 2020

Innovations spanning food supplies, medical records and PPE manufacture were today included in the final three awards made by Mozilla from its COVID-19 Solutions Fund. The Fund was established at the end of March by the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS), to offer up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In just two months, the Fund received 163 applicants from 30 countries and is now closed to new applications.

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Mozilla Announces the First Set of COVID-19 Solutions Fund Recipients

Press Release | Mozilla | June 6, 2020

In less than two weeks, Mozilla received more than 160 applications from 30 countries for its COVID-19 Solutions Fund Awards. Today, the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS) is excited to announce its first three recipients. This Fund was established at the end of March, to offer up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic...In the coming weeks Mozilla will announce the remaining winning applicants. The application form has been closed for now, owing to the high number of submissions already being reviewed.

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Mozilla Open Source Support Launches COVID-19 Solutions Fund

Press Release | Mozilla | March 31, 2020

Mozilla is announcing today the creation of a COVID-19 Solutions Fund as part of the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS). Through this fund, we will provide awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. The MOSS Program, created in 2015, broadens access, increases security, and empowers users by providing catalytic funding to open source technologists. We have already seen inspiring examples of open source technology being used to increase the capacity of the world's healthcare systems to cope with this crisis.

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Open Source For America (OSFA) asks Administration to “Free the Code”

Press Release | Open Source for America | July 19, 2012

Open Source for America (OSFA)...today launched a petition to “Free the Code,” in an effort to encourage the government to release custom-developed, taxpayer-funded software as open source by default. “Free the Code is an initiative to start a national conversation on taxpayer investments in software and information technology,” said John Scott, president of Selection Pressure, LLC and co-chair of Open Source for America's steering committee... Read More »

Open Source in the Worldwide COVID-19 Response

February marks the celebration of creation of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) in 1998. OSI created the standard definition of the term Open Source that helped guide many of LPI's initiatives today. Through the past year, open source provided many opportunities to organizations to continue to work, implement their projects, and continue reaching out to communities. Here are just a few examples of how open source provides opportunities through the face of COVID-19. The COVID-19 crisis brought out all the creativity of the open source movement. In every area of innovation--open source software, open data, open collaboration, and even open equipment--companies and research institutes have addressed medical and public health needs quickly. This article highlights some of the initiatives in each area.

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Open Source Initiative Affiliates Announced at FOSDEM

DJ Walker-Morgan | The H (h-online.com) | February 6, 2012

Open Source Initiative (OSI) board member Simon Phipps has announced a group of affiliate organisations who will be providing advice to the OSI as it reforms itself from a self appointed board-based organisation eventually to a member-based organisation. 

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Open Source Maintainers Take Center Stage, Joined by Leaders from GitHub, Red Hat, Google, and JFrog at Tidelift Upstream Event

Press Release | Tidelift | May 18, 2021

Tidelift, the premier provider of solutions for managing the open source software behind modern applications, today announced the schedule for Upstream, a free, one-day virtual event that brings together developers, open source maintainers, and the extended network of people who care most about their work. United by a vision to make open source work better for everyone, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the maintainers behind the open source tools they use every day and learn from industry experts developing with open source at scale. "We don't often stop to think about all the open source libraries, frameworks, and components we depend on until something goes wrong. Upstream aims to change that," said Joshua Simmons, ecosystem strategy lead, Tidelift. "We're honored to have the opportunity to bring together some of the greatest minds in open source and celebrate all of the things that make open source and the people who work on it amazing."

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