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Take action to protect Open Source today

Fri, 2021-11-19 17:49

If you care for Open Source, you must protect it and here is your chance to do something about it. Two things, actually. And one won’t cost you anything.

At OSI, we love open source software and open source communities— and so we protect them.

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, our membership champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

I hope you are reading this today because you agree with those ideals. Here is your task (two, really): no superhero or demigod powers are required.

First, join the OSI

Or renew your membership during our 2021 Membership Drive. Being an OSI member is a great way to directly support the mission of OSI while becoming more involved in open source community development and advocacy. You aren’t just helping one open source project—you’re helping all open source projects! 

We have 2 individual levels of participation to choose from:

  1. Individual Membership - For $40 per year, you support the OSI programs that define standards for open source definitions across different licensing models. You also have voting privileges that allow you to shape those programs in achieving the OSI mission.

  2. NEW Free Basic Membership - Not everyone can provide financial support, but we want your participation, too! Voting privileges are not included at this level, but you do receive the cool digital member badge to show your support of OSI. The Member badge is built uniquely for each member: after you sign up, a script generates a SVG file based on your name. Check the Membership Drive page for more details.

Of course, Affiliate Memberships and Corporate Sponsorships are also available. Contact us at sponsors@opensource.org to find out more about how your organization can promote open source development, communities and software.

Second, help us reach our goal

We'd love to sign up 300 new and renewing members in 30 days! Share this message with your friends, family and colleagues, and encourage them to sign up as well. 

Join the OSI during our Fall Membership Campaign, and show your support by providing the resources to defend #opensource licensing: https://t.co/RmzzEytguK

— OpenSourceInitiative (@OpenSourceOrg) November 21, 2021

That’s it: two simple but impactful ways that you show your support for open source.

Thank you for your support of OSI. Only with a strong and active member base can we continue in our role as the internationally recognized nexus of trust, the foundation for, and authority in open source software. So, join today and share your support of open source software on your favorite social networks.

Categories: FLOSS Research

Open Source Initiative: October News & Updates

Wed, 2021-10-13 03:00
A note from the Executive Director

I consider myself lucky to have witnessed open source changing the world, watching it go from a niche revolutionary idea to owning a place just about everywhere in everyday life. 

It spread because of the principles it embeds: Non discrimination, fairness, collaboration, community and innovation. These principles of open source were written in the Open Source Definition to simplify our way of interacting with the digital world.

There’s much we can accomplish together as a community; it was great to jump right in with the Practical Open Source Information event. For now, know that I’m committed to open communication, and ready to hear any questions, concerns or ideas you have. Book an appointment for an informal chat during office hours on Fridays.

I hope to meet with you soon!
Stefano Maffulli

In this month’s Open Source Initiative Newsletter:
  • Practical Open Source Information Event update
  • Meet Betsy Waliszewski, Director of Sustainability
  • OSI 2021 Board seated
  • Sponsor Updates
  • New affiliate: Teckids e.V.
  • More news from our Affiliate members
Practical Open Source Information Event Update:

With over 300 attendees and 30 speakers, our half-day event on Sept. 16 served as a valuable forum for community members to come together and discuss a wide range of pressing issues affecting open source practitioners everywhere. More from Interim Director Deb Nicholson here.

Missed it? Stay tuned for recordings and posts from the sessions.

Meet our new Director of Sustainability

Betsy Waliszewski is another recent addition to the OSI team, serving as Director of Sustainability. She’s in charge of our fundraising efforts and sharpening up our communications with stakeholders in the open source community.

Waliszewski comes to OSI after many years in the open source community. Some of you may have met her during her 16 years with O’Reilly Media, the longtime organizational host of OSCON (RIP.) Others may have known her from a six-year stint at the Python Software Foundation where she served as Sponsorship Coordinator and Administrator. 

Learn more about her plans as the OSI’s new Director of Sustainability.

OSI 2021 Board Seated

Join us in welcoming new and returning board members:

  • Aeva Black, Azure Office of the CTO's Open Source Ecosystem team, new Individual member.
  • Catharina Maracke, a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in public licensing models, new Individual member.
  • Thierry Carrez, VP of Engineering, Open Infrastructure Foundation, new Affiliate Board Member.
  • Hong Phuc Dang, FOSSASIA founder and InnerSource manager at Zalando, formerly served as Vice President, returning as Individual member.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's board election. We especially appreciate everyone who took the time to run for the OSI board; your willingness to serve is one of the things that makes the open source community such an amazing place to collaborate.
Our next election takes place early next year, with two Individual seats and one Affiliate seat opening up.

Sponsor Updates

Interested in sponsoring, or partnering with, the OSI? Please see our 2021 Sponsorship Prospectus and the 2020 Annual ReportContact us to find out more about how your company can promote open source development, communities and software.

Huge shoutout to all of our new Sponsors:

Maintainer                Supporter                               Partner

Camunda                 Perforce Software                  Blindside
GitHub                                                                       SauceLabs
Microsoft

Community

Anvil                               DrivenCoffee                      Miro-Kredit AG
CrossCompute              Erlang Solutions               Word Unscrambler
Devrella                         LoadView Testing

Special thanks to POSI Sponsors:

OSI Welcomes New Affiliate Member: Teckids e.V. 

Teckids e.V. is joining OSI as an Affiliate Member. Based in Germany, the organization focuses on providing free software resources and tools for students and educators. Teckids also holds events and workshops to raise awareness for teamwork and democracy. Learn more about Teckids.

Updates from Affiliate Organizations

Check out events, news and more from our affiliates.

Contact us for feedback or stories to share.
Categories: FLOSS Research

Open Source is a Relay Race: Reflections from our Outgoing Interim General Manager

Thu, 2021-09-30 12:50

I've been an individual member and occasional volunteer of the OSI for a long time, but signing on in August 2020 as Interim General Manager was a jump into the deep end. Much of OSI's past work was informed by the connections and conversations held with members and stakeholders in person, so we had to chart a different path while still grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

My challenge was to look for ways to continue our work during lockdown, keep the organization moving forward through a transitional year and support the board on its journey towards a visioning body that works with a staff-driven organization. Now it’s time to hand things over to our new Executive Director, Stefano Maffulli but first I’d like to recap my time spent in navigating these waters.

 

Staffing at small non-profits is always a combination of strategy and luck. This spring, I was fortunate to be able to bring in the amazing Betsy Waliszewski as our Director of Sustainability. The Board also organized and conducted a thoughtful and thorough Executive Director search (with great results!). As part of OSI's preparation to become a more staff-driven organization, we solidified the kind of workplace that OSI will be -- humane, generous and respectful. I met with OSI stakeholders to talk about what we could offer open source practitioners in this new era. With the help of Program Associate Valdimir Bejdo, we hosted a new, tightly-focused, virtual event full of actionable and practical open source information, POSI

            

In all of these challenges, I was buoyed by OSI's part-time staffers, an excellent, hard-working team dedicated to OSI's growth. It was a tough year and everyone looked for ways to make things easier for each other while still serving the community. Our volunteer Board was lovely and supportive -- they have deep knowledge of the open source landscape and are crafting an exciting vision for OSI's next few years. I also want to thank Patrick Masson for all his support in handing the OSI off to me for this transitional year.

 

After everything that we learned about transitions, Stefano and I scheduled a whole month to make onboarding as smooth as possible. This past year was a big one for working through some of OSI's technical debt (the other kind of legacy typical of older organizations) and I feel that I'm leaving things a bit clearer and more thoroughly documented than I found them. I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish in my year here and I can confidently say that I'm leaving the organization in great hands. 

 

I'm leaving OSI but will still be active in the free and open source software community. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at in-person events again (eventually) and at many online events like SeaGL and the CROSS Research Symposium or on upcoming video calls where we're collaborating to build a robust, diverse, welcoming and sustainable future for open source practitioners and advocates. 

 

As I step down from my year as the Interim General Manager, I'm proud to remain a friend and individual supporting member of the OSI.

Categories: FLOSS Research

Updates from OSI Affiliate members (Sept. 2021)

Sun, 2021-09-26 21:59

Below are updates, news and event information from some of our Affiliate Members.

OpenProject

Free and open source project management software.

JOOMLA (Open Source Matters)
A free and open source, mobile-ready and user-friendly way to build your website

  • Joomla 4.0 and Joomla 3.10 are here! After 9 years of hard work by our volunteers, we are proud to announce the release of our new major version, Joomla 4.0, alongside Joomla 3.10, known as “the bridge”. Joomla enables website creators to create powerful websites, where maintaining its content is easy and seamless. Build a beautiful, scalable website that will grow with your business.

KDE

25 Years of Bringing Free Software to the People

  • Within the FLOSS community, KDE is probably best known for its powerful and versatile Plasma desktop environment. Outside the Open Source bubble, KDE is known for its world-class apps, from creativity-boosting programs for artists and filmmakers, to educational software used by millions for children, as well as a never-ending stream of frameworks, IDEs and utilities that provide devs worldwide with the means to create applications for any platform.

OpenInfra Foundation

An open source foundation supporting a global community to build and operate open infrastructure software

  • Join us for OpenInfra Live: Keynotes, a two day special edition of OpenInfra Live for you to meet the newest players to the open infrastructure space, interact with leaders of open source projects like OpenStack and Kubernetes to hear how the projects are supporting OpenInfra use cases like hybrid cloud, gain insight into public cloud economics and the role open source technologies play, and celebrate as we announce this year’s Superuser Awards winner. This will be the one time everyone will be coming together this year. Come interact with the global OpenInfra community—Live on November 17 - 18 at 9am CT/1500 UTC!

OpenForum Europe

A not-for-profit, Brussels-based independent think tank which explains the merits of openeness in computing across Europe

  • The European Commission just published a landmark study on the impact of Open Source on the European economy (which was conducted together with Fraunhofer ISI). The study recommends setting up Open Source Program Offices in European governments and providing more official funding towards OS. It found that if there was a 10% increase in OS contributions in the EU, the region would see additional €100 billion in its yearly GDP.

Brandeis GPS

Graduate Professional Studies offering fully online open source microcourses

  • Take part in a micro-course at Brandeis University and join your fellow peers and collaborators in a program endorsed by the OSI. The Open Source Technology Management program consists of six non-credit four-week micro-courses that can be accessed in any order with a seamless path to collect digital badges, earn a full-program certificate and the option to earn graduate-level credit. The next micro-course, Establish an Open Source Program Office, starts on October 18. To learn more, please visit their website or contact the Brandeis corporate team at partnerships@brandeis.edu.

The Xerte Project

Provide high quality free software to educators all over the world

  • The Xerte Project is delighted to announce the release of Xerte v3.10, with a heap of new features and enhancements. See the release notes, download from https://xerte.org.uk. The recordings from our Xerte21 event are available here. Xerte is used by thousands of tutors around the world, and the content they create reaches millions of learners.

Open Research Institute

Non-profit research and development organization, provides their work to the general public under the principles of Open Source and Open Access to Research

  • Open Research Institute, Inc. is the co-host of the upcoming IEEE Information Theory Chapter Event "Space and Satellite Symposium - The Role of Information Theory in Space with Special Emphasis on Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite" to be held 30 October 2021 8am-12pm US Pacific. The event features open source and open access work in the space and satellite field. Register for free and if you are interested in presenting, please read through the call for participation.
  • On 2 September, 2021, Open Research Institute, received an advisory opinion from US Commerce Department BIS.The letter confirmed that posting information on the internet so that it is available to the public means that open source amateur satellite communications work is not subject to the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). Michelle Thompson, ORI CEO, highlighted the value of the work for the amateur radio satellite service and also placed the results in a broader context. "This is a significant regulatory success for open source amateur satellite work and open source in general."
  • All documents and links to presentations about the work are freely available on github. Ms. Thompson continued with appreciation for the team. "Thank you to those who have supported and assisted ORI during the many stages of this successful regulatory endeavor. Making a successful argument requires competence, persistence, and patience. ORI will build upon this work moving forward in order to advance the aims and purposes of open source amateur radio work."

Drupal

Free and open-source web content management system

  • The Drupal Core Contribution Coordinators, supported by the Drupal Association, are holding their first Mentor Summit, to help train more mentors introducing contribution to Drupal, on 17th September. More details.
  • DrupalCon Europe 2021 has just released its schedule for the event, taking place 4-7th October online. See the full schedule.

TODO Group

An open group of organizations who want to collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source projects

CAVO

Mission to develop and make available open voting systems for use in public elections

TikiWiki

Free and open source Wiki-based content management system and online office suite

Breathing Games

Community of heath care professionals and open source developers collaborating to transform breathing therapy into games

Sysarmy

Provides comprehensive cybersecurity solutions

  • OSI affiliate sysarmy is organizing the 8th edition of nerdear.la, our yearly conference for nerds in Latin America. Last year’s event included 30,000 people registering to 130+ talks and workshops entirely for free and featured keynotes from legends such as Alan Kay, Brian Kernighan and Jon "Maddog" Hall.
    This year’s event (Oct 20-23) will have over 150+ sessions and workshops and will have even more legendary keynote speakers. More information on Nerdear.la official website.

OpenUK

Represents the business of Open in the UK

  • OpenUK Kids Camp is back for a second year and this year has made 5000 OpenUK Gloves inspired by MiMu, making an open source based sustainable glove. 3800 gloves are available to individuals, schools and community groups, and 1200 are complete with microbit two and reserved for digitally excluded young people to help break down the digital divide. The second OpenUK Kids Camp will begin on 4 October and each Episode has been inspired by one of the 10 Open Source Definitions and additionally teaches coding in Make Code, Python and Java. Each Lesson is accompanied by an ezine to support the learning with educational content on individuals working in open source, Foundations, open data, belonging and sustainability. The content is all creative commons and free to use. Order a glove if you are in the UK or take a look at the Camp content from last year, and this year’s as it is shared at openuk.uk/openkidscamp #openkidscamp.
  • The third and final phase of OpenUK’s report which established the UK’s leading position in open source software, as number one in Europe with up to 43.15bn per annum in contribtuion to GDP in phase one, then shared the output of a survey demonstrating 89% of UK businesses run open source software, will look at the Values of open source in the UK and be shared on 13 October. You can see Phases one and two at openuk.uk/stateofopen
  • OpenUK will be hosting the Open Technology for Sustainability Day at the Skypark Fringe within the Security Cordon at COP26 on 11 November. The event will be for circa 200 in person delegates and content will be shared in two tracks across two domes, with the main dome content being live streamed. Booking details and the agenda for the day will be shared at openuk.uk/sustainability in early October. The event will be keynoted by the Hon Francis Maude, Lord Maude of Horsham, the instigator of GDS and the UK’s world leading policies on open source in the public sector, which have been replicated across the globe and is sponsored by Red Hat who will lead a session on collaboration. OpenUK’s Award presentation will be conducted in the evening from the stage at COP26 in a hybrid ceremony with 100 face to face attendees and 150 digital attendees. 
Categories: FLOSS Research

Thank You for a Fantastic First POSI!

Tue, 2021-09-21 14:10

We’d like to take a moment to thank our community for making our event on Practical Open Source Information a resounding success -- with more than 300 attendees, 30 speakers, a brilliant keynote address from Heather Leson of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies about the role open source plays in humanitarian efforts, and three tracks, our half-day event proved to be a valuable space for many members of our community to come together and discuss a wide range of pressing issues affecting open source practitioners everywhere. (Recordings of all event talks and panels will be made available shortly!)

 

We’d like to thank our program committee members, Pam Chestek, Christine Lemmer-Webber, Sam Kimbrel, Justin Colannino and John Mark Walker for selecting our event’s final programming. We’d also like to thank our OSI staff members who made this event possible -- Deb Nicholson, Vladimir Bejdo, Betsy Waliszewski, Phyllis Dobbs, Jessica Iavarone and Stefano Maffulli -- and our volunteers, who played crucial roles in running the event itself -- Kenny Coyle, Sri Ramkrishna, Remy deCausemaker, and Salt Hale.

 

If you attended or spoke at POSI, please take a minute fill out the short survey we emailed to you, so we can make future events even better. Thank you all, once again, for making this event possible -- we couldn’t have done it without the support of people in the open source community like you!

Categories: FLOSS Research

Schedule Finalized for Practical Open Source Information

Fri, 2021-09-10 12:14

Our new half-day event on Practical Open Source Information is coming up soon on September 16th. With a unique focus on discussions related to everyday open source issues in all types of organizational contexts, POSI is a can’t-miss event for anyone seeking to learn ways to deepen their participation in open source from experienced practitioners.

Though our schedule has been published for about a month, we are now proud to announce that our schedule has been finalized, with a big addition: our event will start off with a few words from our New Executive Director, Stefano Maffulli! Make sure to attend his opening remarks at 10:45 AM EDT, just prior to our Keynote.

 

We’d also like to point out several details regarding event administration. We will be using an instance of the open source web conferencing system, BigBlueButton, to stream our talks and panels at POSI, with hosting courtesy of our in-kind sponsors at Blindside Networks. 

 

Remember to register in advance for POSI -- registration is gratis, but tickets are limited as we use registration figures to plan for adequate bandwidth for the event. Please, don’t wait until the last minute to register! Register here, now.

 

Seeing this post during POSI? Seeking help? Contact us at vbejdo@opensource.org for day-of assistance during the event.

Categories: FLOSS Research

Open Source Initiative names first Executive Director

Wed, 2021-09-08 11:00

SAN FRANCISCO, September 8, 2021 -- The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), stewards of the Open Source Definition that sets the foundation for the open source ecosystem, is excited to announce Stefano Maffulli as its first Executive Director.  The appointment is a key step for the transformation of OSI into a professionally managed organization, a process that the Board of Directors started in 2020.

After an expansive search led by OSI’s purpose-built staffing committee, the Board of Directors appointed Maffulli, an experienced international leader in enterprise and open source environments. OSI is grateful to Deb Nicholson, interim general manager, for her outstanding work in this transitional year.

“Bringing Stefano Maffulli on board as OSI’s first Executive Director is the culmination of a years-long march toward professionalization, so that OSI can be a stronger and more responsive advocate for open source,” says Joshua Simmons, Board Chair of OSI. “We can now deprecate the role of President transitioning to Chair of the Board with confidence about OSI’s future.”

Maffulli joins OSI after decades of open source advocacy, both as a contributor and leader. He co-founded and led the Italian chapter of Free Software Foundation Europe from 2001 to 2007, structured the developer community of the OpenStack Foundation and subsequently led open source marketing teams in several international companies. An enthusiastic open source user, he’s contributed documentation patches, translations and advocated for projects as diverse as GNU, QGIS, OpenStreetmap and WordPress.

“Open source software is everywhere, but its definition is constantly being challenged,” Maffulli says. “The zombies of shared source, limited-use and proprietary software are emerging from the graves where we put them to rest in the 90s, threatening the whole ecosystem.”

OSI’s definition - and licenses - keep pace with today’s whiplash technological advances. 

“Mobile devices, cloud, artificial intelligence/machine learning and blockchain offer new opportunities for developers, entrepreneurs and society as a whole who all deserve a strong OSI not only to maintain a definition of open source that works in modern settings but also forges a path for how to effectively produce modern open source software,” he adds.

Members of the wider open source community also welcomed Maffulli to the OSI.

  • "Successful open source depends on the solid bedrock of open source licenses, but it also requires so much more," says Allison Randal, Chair of the Board of the Open Infrastructure Foundation. "The new structure of the OSI will enable the Executive Director and the Board to put renewed energy behind the practical aspects of producing open source software in open and collaborative environments, facilitating healthy dialog around how open source projects and communities can continue to evolve toward a more sustainable and equitable future."

  • “Open source has no geographical barriers. Software produced and shared by the global community is one of the greatest human achievements. By hiring an ED with an international background, the Open Source Initiative is reinforcing its mission to steward the Open Source Definition for the wider community,” says Samson Goddy, co-founder of Open Source Community Africa.

  • "This is an important change," says Karen Sandler, executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. “I congratulate the OSI for engaging in a critical re-evaluation of its role in the FOSS community and redefining how its board functions. I'm excited to see what the future holds for OSI with Maffulli's leadership.”

About OSI

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant. The OSI is also actively involved in Open Source community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software. The mission of the OSI is to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. For more information, visit https://opensource.org/

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Practical Open Source Information -- Event Schedule Now Available!

Thu, 2021-08-12 16:48

On September 16th, 2021, the Open Source Initiative will be hosting a free, virtual half-day event on Practical Open Source Information. Geared towards open source developers, scholars, lawyers and managers interested in learning about open source in practice, this unique event will feature speakers with extensive experience in the field -- with a focus towards new adopters and those looking to deepen their open source participation.

 

We’d like to thank everyone in the community for their support of this new event -- especially those in the community who contributed by submitting one of the many, high-quality submissions we reviewed in putting together our line-up! We are also pleased to share the schedule today -- it includes many sessions we think you can’t miss!

 

The schedule of talks and panels can be found at this link. At POSI, our events will fall into three tracks: OSPOs and Lawyers, focusing on open source compliance, procurement, and legal topics; The Open Source Journey, with talks and panels for open source professionals; and Academia & Beyond, geared towards discussions on open source community and education matters. Our speakers are sharing their own experiences in implementing and working with open source software and communities, and we are looking forward to lively discussions with and amongst audience members via several panel sessions.

 

We are also excited to announce that our keynote will be delivered by Heather Leson, who will be speaking about the role open source can play in furthering humanitarian efforts -- drawing on her experiences with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where open source, open data, and open principles drive humanitarian action.

 

Registration for the event is gratis, but is required to attend, and can be found at this link. As always, this event couldn’t happen without community support -- please feel free to share links to our event with people who might be interested in what this new event has to offer! 

 

For anyone who might be interested in volunteering at the event, we could use some room monitors for POSI! Room monitors welcome speakers and report any issues in the room to OSI staff -- if that sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, get in touch and let us know what talk(s) you may be interested in monitoring. 


Community support can also come in the high-impact form of sponsorship -- if your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to us at sponsors@opensource.org. The event prospectus is available at this link.

Categories: FLOSS Research

OSI’s 2021 Board Election is Concluded

Wed, 2021-08-11 14:30

Our Individual seat winners are Aeva Black and Catharina Maracke -- both new to the OSI Board. We are also welcoming Hong Phuc Dang back and are excited to have Thierry Carrez join us as a new Affiliate Board Member. Thank you to all our members and affiliates for your discussions, your participation and your votes. 

 

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in this year's extra long board election, investigation and subsequent re-run process. We especially appreciate everyone who took the time to run for the OSI board and we hope to continue collaborating with you all in the future. Your willingness to serve is one of the things that makes the open source community such an amazing place to work.

 

Thank you to our Oversight Committee for all their work to interpret the results of the investigation and help us ensure transparency in this process. This was a difficult task and we really appreciate their willingness to support the integrity of our community elections in this way. We’d also like to thank Ben Adidas at Helios for providing a fantastic open source voting solution and helping us when we needed help during our investigation. 

 

Josh Simmons, OSI’s Board President said, “This was a tough year and we are deeply grateful to everyone who has helped us understand what happened. We look forward to holding slightly more boring elections going forward as well as updating our technical infrastructure to improve our record keeping workflow.”

 

Board member seats expire at different times so that we can maintain some continuity. Our next election will take place early next year. There will be two Individual seats and one Affiliate seat up next year.

Categories: FLOSS Research

Welcoming Betsy to OSI's Team

Tue, 2021-08-10 11:20

We recently brought on Betsy Waliszewski to serve as our Director of Sustainability. She’s in charge of our fundraising efforts and sharpening up our communications with all the many stakeholders in the open source community and we couldn’t be more excited.

 

Betsy comes to us after many years of involvement with several different parts of the open source community. Some of you may have met her during her sixteen years with O’Reilly Media, the longtime organizational host of the recently, (sadly) discontinued OSCON. Others of you may have met Betsy during her recent six year stint at the Python Software Foundation where she served as their very successful Sponsorship Coordinator and Administrator. 

 

Betsy returns to the broader open source community by joining the Open Source Initiative as the Director of Sustainability, responsible for maintaining and increasing corporate sponsorships. This includes conducting research and market segmentation, creating sales, drawing connections, identifying opportunities and gaps as well as developing and overseeing OSI annual fundraising initiatives and programs. As OSI plans for a year of implementing new tactics and increased outreach (after a year of introspection and strategic planning) we are extremely fortunate to have an expert in organizational growth joining our team.

 

“I’m excited by the opportunity to help the Open Source Initiative in their community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software.” says Betsy. 

 

Josh Simmons, OSI’s Board President adds, “We’ve got big plans for OSI over the next two years and Betsy’s unique skills in fostering connections and shepherding growth are exactly what we need.”  

 

Be on the lookout for an email from Betsy! She’s really excited to (re)connect with all the many people that make the open source community a friendly, sustainable, forward-looking place.  

 

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