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OpenChain Webinar #57: The Open Source Initiative – Update and Future – Register Now – 2023-11-27 10:00 CET / 17:00 CST / 18:00 JST

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Stefano Maffulli, Executive Director at the Open Source Initiative, will join us to explain what is happening around the Open Source Definition, AI and more. Questions during the live event will be possible. 

This webinar is part of the on-going series provided by the OpenChain Project as a free resource to help open source supply chain participants understand our field in more depth. 

Register here:

OpenChain UK Work Group Meeting – 2023-11-28 – 14:30 GMT

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As per our current chair, Andrew Katz:

We’ve decided that the next meeting (28th November) will be held virtually, since people seem to be getting pretty full diaries prior to Christmas. We are, however, looking to arrange a programme of events next year, which will be held in person and hopefully in different parts of the country. We’ve had a kind offer for a physical location in London, for a physical meeting in February – details to follow. 

In the meantime, therefore, we’d like to invite you to a meeting at 2:30pm on 28th November, on Zoom: 

We’ll be giving you an update on activities, and setting the agenda for next year. 

There’s a lot going on in the world of OpenChain! 

KakaoBank Announces an ISO/IEC 18974 Conformant Program

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KakaoBank, a South Korean mobile-only internet bank and financial technology company, has announced the adoption of OpenChain ISO/IEC 18974 in their open source security assurance program. Founded in 2016, KakaoBank is one of the leading financial technology companies in the region. 

KakaoBank has long been an active contributor to the open source community. In collaboration with other South Korea companies, KakaoBank has continually sought to make sure practical, efficient value is obtained from the potential of open source platform technologies. Their adoption of OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230, the international standard for open source license compliance, in 2022 was an early indicator of this. The announcement of ISO/IEC 18974 adoption today underlines that commitment.

“The open source team at KakaoBank has taken great strides in demonstrating the effective management of open source for large, agile and rapidly growing business sectors,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “The financial sector provides unique challenges in both being an environment of heavy regulation and caution, and a space where rapid digital innovation is taking place. Open source provides an obvious way to ensure new platforms and technologies can be turned into great new services, and the OpenChain standards for license compliance and security assurance provide a way to manage things in a predictable, reliable manner. We are delighted to work with the visionary team at KakaoBank and we look forward to collaborating further on the development of a more trusted supply chain.” 

LSware Announces An OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230 Conformant Program

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LSware, a company providing Compliance Availability Protection and Security (CAPS) services, has announced an OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230 conformant program. Delivering SecuMS, Omniguard, and FOSSERA and other solutions to the Korean market, LSware is committed to supporting an effective, efficient supply chain. 

“We are delighted to welcome LSware to the OpenChain community of conformance,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “Korea has been a market of exceptional engagement with our standards for open source license compliance and security assurance, and this represents another example of innovation and leadership in that geography.”

OpenChain Export Control Work Group 2023-11-07 – Recording

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The latest meeting of the OpenChain Export Control Work Group covered an extraordinary amount of ground. There is a proposal for the inclusion of export control information in a future revision of SPDX, and we had both a presentation about that work alongside the opportunity to comment on it. This recording is highly recommended as an onboarding point to our work group.

Want to be involved? You can join the mailing list at this link:

Korea Telecom (KT) Announces an OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230 Conformant Program

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Korea Telecom (KT), South Korea’s largest telecommunications operator, has announced an OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230 Conformant Program. With 50,000 employees group-wide, KT has a long history in open source engagement, and has operated a dedicated team for its management since 2012. 

KT operates a significant amount of automation for open source process management, and has pioneered solutions like K-COMPASS for open source project registration, review, verification and usage. It maintains courses in its own training system call Genius to help ensure new employees and developers understand their role in promoting excellence around open source.

KT’s decision to adopt ISO/IEC 5230 was based on a strategic interest in aligning with international standards for managing the supply chain. In a year-long process adjustment, the open source team ensured that all operational activities were not disrupted, but all aspects of the KT open source program matched the requirements outlined in the International Standard for open source license compliance.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone not only for the Korean supply chain but also the global management of open source in the telecommunications industry,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “With companies like Ericsson and Nokia chairing the OpenChain Board and our Telco Work Group respectively, it has long been clear that our approach to standardization resonates in this market vertical. However, major conformance announcements like this as a clear lighthouse indicating the path to the future of the supply chain. I want to commend the team involved, and also to thank them for far more than announced today. KT has been part of the OpenChain community for a while, and hosted one of our workgroups in 2019 at their KT DS Seoul headquarters. They have a clear understanding of how this community works, and how it drives business value through collaboration.”