Welcoming Software Heritage

Coade Stone is a fantastic artificial rock whose creation process was lost for more than a century because it was kept secret, although it has recently been reverse engineered.

Comments delivered at the opening of Software Heritage at UNESCO:

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to bring greetings from the Open Source Initiative, the global charity promoting open source and acting as steward of the open source definition and the list of approved licenses.  Continue reading

FOSDEM: How the humble FAQ got Java Open Source

Rich Sands and I gave a new talk in the Community Devroom at FOSDEM. We explained how important the OpenJDK FAQ had been to Sun’s ability to release the Java platform as Open Source, and explained (using an FAQ of course!) how to use the same approach in other projects.

There’s more to say on the subject (we originally created a 40 minute talk before we found we only had 15 minutes, hence the slight over-run) so hopefully OSCON will accept the proposal we run the whole thing there.

FOSDEM: The Third Decade of Open Source

This weekend I spoke at FOSDEM in Brussels to deliver the opening conference keynote. My subject was “The Third Decade of Open Source” and as OSI President I summed up the main events of the last 20 years, some of the key facts behind them and then offered five trends that will shape the next decade.

 

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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Meet At FOSDEM?

The coming weekend marks the return of the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting — FOSDEM. Held annually in Brussels, it’s one of the world’s largest gatherings of open source developers and a crucial venue for many projects to get together and discuss their next year over a few beers.

Simon will be attending for us. If you would like to meet him, you’ll need to tell us as his diary is packed and the event is huge. Please use our contact form.

See you there!

EU Open Data Cities Workshop

The Open Data Cities Workshop is on the afternoon of the 27th of September in Bolzano, Italy and will explore practical issues encountered by cities already engaging in Open Data practices. It will also create a space in which to share experience, advice and ideas with the intention of forming a collaborative ad hoc network of Open Data cities to continue sharing experience, collaborate on projects and reduce costs through collective use of software. The event is running as part of  the Festival of Innovation, yet is itself a by invitation only event. If you wish to be issued an invite, please do get in touch.

 

Open Data Hackathon

Whether you’re all about developing applications, creating impressive information visualisations, manipulating statistics, or telling the stories behind the numbers, there’s a place for you at the Open Data Hackathon in Bolzano from 25th to 27th September.

Entrants will have 24 hours to work on creative applications for publicly available data in an effort to impress the jury, who will award prizes on the basis of creativity, innovation, usability and of course, use of open data. Entry is free of charge, the prizes great and Bolzano a beautiful place to spend the weekend, so you may well be tempted to hang around for a few days to recover once the hacking is done.

Registration is open right up to the event, but tickets are limited, so sign up now and we’ll see you there.

OSCON 2013 Coming Up Fast!

OSCON 2013 is coming up fast! Running from July 22nd to 26th in Portland Oregon it’s the “epicentre of all things open source”. With over 300 speakers and 18 different tracks there’s something for absolutely everyone with an interest in open source.

On the Tuesday morning Simon will be chairing the Community Foundations 101 tutorial which is now filling up. The tutorial will be presented by a selection of non-profit foundation leaders and cover a wide range of issues faced by those considering starting a non-profit organisation for their own community. Registering now using the discount code “OSI” will not only get you a 20% discount but also get a free credit for a local attendee.