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OSI has joined the FSF in providing our united views to the Supreme Court of the USA in the Alice vs CLS Bank case. We believe this case is crucial to open source as it could determine whether software patents should be valid. 
SFLC's Amicus Curiae brief in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank
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Slashdot is featuring an interview with OSI's current president, +Simon Phipps.
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We've created an OSI Open Source community which we'd love you to join. Come and help us as we continue OSI's re-structuring into a community-controlled organization.
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I've renamed the one belonging to OSI "Open Source Initiative" to avoid confusion.
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OSI and OSHWA Sign Agreement

The trademark relationship of our two organisations has been clarified.
Following discussions about the Open Source and Open Source Hardware logos, OSI and the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) have worked together to compose a co-existence agreement on behalf of t...
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Via our Board Member, +Leslie Hawthorn :


The +Open Source Initiative  is kicking off its first ever individual membership drive. For just 40 USD per year, you can support the valuable work this organization does to protect and promote open source software. From the program incubator that has produced training content, to helping projects like openhatch.org with taking in donations, to stewarding the licensing of open source software, the OSI is an integral and vital part of our lives as open source community members. 

Please join as an individual member today. 

http://opensource.org/2014campaign

(Full disclosure: I sit on the OSI's Board of Directors.)
February, 3rd, 2015 marks the 17th anniversary of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The OSI will launch our first ever Individual Membership Drive this year, coinciding with our 17th anniversary, Feb 3rd, 2015. Our membership drive goal is to sign up 2398 members in celebration of our founding ...
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Just a note from the community gardener to say we've removed some posts that we consider spam and in some cases banned the poster from further posts because of repeat occurrences. If you believe we made a mistake please use the contact form below, category "Web Site".
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Just a reminder that the community here on G+ discussed recruitment postings and decided they would not be allowed here. Consequently, we'll be removing any such postings. Thanks for your understanding.
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Something different, and very cool; An essay contest on the innovative use of Open Source Information and Communications Technologies is being jointed sponsored by the US State Department's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in partnership,  the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the Center for Policy Studies (PIR) in Russia.  Fascinating crowd-sourcing of ideas - if not policies - to lead public discussion, verify, monitor compliance, for nuclear arms and sensitive facilities. Contest closed January 31, 2013.
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UK Government Open Standards Principles

Both OSI's Open Standards Requirement and the Open Source Definition are reflected in this important new UK government policy. The OSI license list is also cited as definitive.
 
UK Government Mandates Open Source Compatible Open Standards

The Cabinet Office has just published the final version of its open standards principles, which will guide all UK government procurement of software from now on. I am delighted to see the weight given to open source.

Notably, an open standard is defined as one where:
"rights essential to implementation of the standard, and for interfacing with other implementations which have adopted that same standard, are licensed on a royalty free basis that is compatible with both open source and proprietary licensed solutions."

This is a significant development. Alone, it can't level the playing field for open source software; only enlightened procurement actions can do that. But it casts the spotlight onto ineffective procurement, as well as breaking the mental hold of legacy suppliers.

I'm also delighted that the OSI's license approval process is included by reference as the sole definition of open source.
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The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.

One of our most important activities is as a standards body, maintaining the Open Source Definition for the good of the community. The Open Source Initiative Approved License trademark and program creates a nexus of trust around which developers, users, corporations and governments can organize open source cooperation.

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