The results are in, and effective April 1st (yes!) Simon has been elected back to the OSI Board by the Affiliates after a year off due to term limits. His platform statement is here.

OSI Election

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Engaging Open Source Communities

At FOSDEM 2017, Simon gave a well-attended talk explaining many of the things that could go wrong for a company trying to engage a large open source project over legal or governance issues. Based loosely on a mailing list thread at the Apache Software Foundation, the talk highlighted seven things to avoid and gave ideas on how to do so.

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FLOSS Weekly: Zalando

Simon co-hosted FLOSS Weekly 412 this week, interviewing leaders from European fashion retailer Zalando and asking questions about their many open source projects on Github and their use of Agile and Inner Source methodologies.