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Shane Coughlan

OpenChain Self-Certification now available in Korean

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The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce that OpenChain Self-Certification is now available in Korean. This translation, joining our English and Japanese self-certification, marks another milestone in ensuring that companies around the world can quickly, easily and effectively adopt the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program. Great thanks are due to Haksung Jang from LG Electronics for his fantastic work in this translation.

Access OpenChain Self-Certification in Korean

Independent Compliance Assessment – Call for Review

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Nicole from TUV SUD has provided some slides outlining how Independent Compliance Assessments work and how they may be applied to the OpenChain Project. These can potentially be seen as one of three pillars to assist organizations in OpenChain Conformance.

  1. Self-Certification, the core of the project, and our recommended activity for companies of all sizes in all markets.
  2. Independent Compliance Assessment, where a company self-certifies but has the process assisted or reviewed by a third party, which may be a consultancy, a law firm or another organization.
  3. Third-Party Certification, where a certification body such as TUV SUD provides an audited review and formal certification to a company.

The slides are a work in progress. It should be reviewed, edited and polished so we can consider formal inclusion in the OpenChain reference materials and so that we can roll out a case study explaining this approach to OpenChain Conformance.

Review the Slides

OpenChain Policy Template for OpenChain Spec 2.0 – Release Candidate Available

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Thanks to the hard work of Andrew Katz and his teams at Moorcrofts and Orcro the OpenChain Policy Template for OpenChain Specification 2.0 is nearly ready. This provides extensive building blocks to help organizations of any size in any market create an open source policy.

Final call for comments. We are targeting a release date of 27th of September to coincide with our OpenChain workshop in Taipei.

Changes Since Our Beta

  1. General tidy up and improvement in the use of defined terms.
  2. Improvement of the copyright notice applicable to the document as a whole (it’s CC0 apart from the Specification itself).
  3. Improvement of the Roles tab. The Roles tab has been expanded with a number of new roles, and for each of them there is now a sample set of competencies, either at high level or detailed level.
  4. Addition of the Training tab. This now contains a list of possible training modules (and includes all of the chapters in the OpenChain curriculum slide deck), as well as some more company specific ones. For each of these, there is a matrix which relates each role (as defined in the roles tab) to each of the training modules available. A ‘1’ in the appropriate cell in the matrix indicates that this training is necessary for that particular role.

Review via GitHub

Direct download of Excel file

Direct download of OpenDocument file

OpenChain Tooling Work Group Meeting – September 18th – 6pm CEST

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The Tooling Work Group will host its second meeting on the 18th of September. This meeting will be hosted by Oliver Fendt of Siemens and continues the exploratory discussion regarding the state of open source tooling for open source compliance today. Everyone is welcome to join!

At the scheduled time click to join the voice, video or screen sharing session:

Join using the Circuit Desktop App or mobile app:

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To participate in a voice-only conference, dial one of the following numbers and use this code:

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Your microphone will be muted. Press *3 to unmute it.

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OpenChain @ 6th Bitkom Forum Open Source Software – Erfurt, Germany – 17th September

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On the 17th of September, the 6th Bitkom Forum Open Source Software will take place in Erfurt, Germany. About 150 participants from 100 companies are expected.

The OpenChain Project will have a booth at the event hosted by a wide collection of our German partners. Please feel free to visit, learn more about the project in the region, and learn more about the organizations offering community support and professional services in this space.

This is an exciting event for OpenChain for two reasons. The first is that we have been invited to participate by Holger Koch from Deutsche Bahn, a great example of the community working to grow the community, and the second is that our various OpenChain partners quickly, efficiently and cheerfully coordinated to ensure there will be a friendly face at our booth all day.

More Information About The Event

OpenChain Work Team Call Today at 09:00 Pacific

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The regularly scheduled OpenChain First Second Monday call will take place today at 09:00 Pacific / 18:00 CET. This call was moved forward one week due to a US holiday.

We will be having Mark Gisi introduce the SParts Project as a featured guest, then a presentation by Philippe Ombredanne on ScanCode before moving our focus to the OpenChain ISO Spec.

Join the call:

  • Optional US dial in number: 855-889-3011 No PIN needed
  • If you need to use an international phone number please check: for country numbers.
    • Canada(647) 694-4842
    • Finland09 42450409
    • Germany030 30807999
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  • 1. Dial the country number based on your location.
  • 2. Enter 855 889 3011 and then # to enter the room.

OpenChain India Work Group Holds First Meeting

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Today is a remarkable day. The OpenChain India Work Group has just begun its first meeting thanks to Mishi, Chandana and so many other people from so many companies. As Shane Coughlan mention’s in his opening speech linked below, this is part of an exceptional month for the OpenChain Project, as we start work groups here and in China. The standard for open source compliance is reaching out to an additional 2.8 billion people. Great things lie ahead.

Video of the Opening Speech

PLEASE NOTE: We had an issue with the Internet connection between Japan and India, resulting in distorted sound on this video, however we believe the video is of value as a marker of the event and thus not revising it from the original. Please find below an excerpt of the speech outlining the key points covered.

“First of all I would like to say thank to the hosts. This is the first time we have managed to have a work group meeting in India, which is vitally important for the future of the project, and indeed this month is probably the most important we have had in community outreach.

We have having our first work group in India, our first work group in China, and continuing our outreach in Taiwan. The project has been so lucky to build out an international community and this year in particular we have been reaching the billions of people who are vital for the future of open source.

Now, when it comes to what you are doing today and what you will do tomorrow, hopefully you will build bridges between companies like Infosys that are OpenChain conformant and companies like WIPRO that are not yet. I want to bring the connection to the international market. One thing that has got me very excited is that in China we will have a lot of the companies deeply connected to India at our first work group. For example, Xiaomi, which has just announced its 100th million smartphone sold in the Indian subcontinent.

Right now in OpenChain we are getting ready to become an ISO standard. We have seen a lot of support from user companies and also from providers. For example, our community of conformance is set to double this year. Our activities in Japan alone involve 68 companies and 150 people. Our new automotive work group has over 100 people involved. 


The international OpenChain community is here to support you every step of the way.”