OpenChain Automotive Work Group – A Global Solution for a Global Market

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The OpenChain Project has just launched a global Automotive Work Group. This work group already has over 80 participants from major automotive companies and supplier companies from silicon to completed components. This Work Group is spearheaded by Masato Endo from Toyota as part of our industry outreach to ensure companies around the world can benefit from our standard for open source compliance in the supply chain. 

“The adoption of open source software in the automotive industry is expanding rapidly and there is a rising awareness of its place as an essential component of future products,” says Masato Endo, Project Manager at Toyota Motor Corporation. “At the same time as embracing the potential involved it is important to the automotive industry to ensure best practices are followed. We’d like to share best practices and discuss the standard of OSS Supply Chain Management (OSS SCM) in automotive industry. This WG is also an open source project and everyone who is interested in these topics can join without restriction. I’m looking forward to future discussions with you!”

“The OpenChain Automotive Work Group provides a global, open and flat forum for companies of all sizes to engage with and improve efficiency around open source compliance in a key industrial segment,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “There is no sector more important to us as we prepare to become an ISO standard, not least because of the tremendous support and contributor we are receiving from companies involved from every geography.”

This work group is welcoming new participants. If your company is involved in the automotive industry please do not hesitate to engage with our mailing list or face-to-face meetings.

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Join Our First Face-to-Face Meeting @ Open Source Summit Japan

We will hold our first Face to Face meeting on the 19th of July between 12:00 and 13:45. This will be a “brown bag” meeting, with an informal lunch provided, and with an informal conversational atmosphere. This meeting will have dial-in capability. See below for details. RSVP appreciated but not required! You can contact for RSVP or with questions.

Hall 2A
TKP Toranmon Ekimae Conference Center 
Address:(2F) 1-4-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to
東京都港区虎ノ門1-4-3  2F


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:
1. Dial the country number based on your location.
2. Enter 855 889 3011 and then # to enter the room.

Panasonic is OpenChain’s Latest Platinum Member

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The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce that Panasonic is our latest Platinum Member company. We have been collaborating closely with Kato San and his team for a considerable period, and their work has been central to the extraordinary growth and activity of the OpenChain Japan Work Group. It is fitting that we are making this announcement at the tenth meeting of the Japan Work Group, just prior to Open Source Summit Japan, when community participants will have an opportunity to meet Kato San and his team at panels and workshops related to OpenChain.

“Panasonic operates across multiple key markets for technology. Consumer electronics, automotive and aviation all play a part in their deployment of software around the world,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “This is a natural next step in our partnership and it provides a significant boost to our goal of addressing critical markets like automotive and in providing open source compliance excellence to suppliers of all sizes.”

Learn More About Panasonic

OpenChain Activities of Japanese Companies: A Panel @ OSS Japan, July 17, 13:30

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Recently the OpenChain Project has expanding rapidly with Platinum Member engagement from Cloud Companies (Facebook, Google, and Microsoft) and the Auto-Industry (Hitachi, Bosch and Uber). Adjacent to this the OpenChain Japan Work Group has also become very active. In this panel Fujitsu, Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, and Toyota will share their experience of open source compliance and the latest activities of our local community.

In this panel Fujitsu, Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, and Toyota will share their experience of open source compliance and the latest activities of our local community.

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OpenChain + Program Offices @ Bird+Bird, Germany – 25th of June

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Bird&Bird hosted an Open Source Program seminar on the 25th June 2019 to explore the cutting edge in Open Source Program Offices in Europe and beyond. Attendees included representatives from leading national and international organizations, and all parties were active in exploring legal topics like “contributions” and “project leadership” alongside the processes needed to ensure corporate success in this field. The opening keynote was delivered by Amani Hajj Ali and Fabienne Haag from SAP, explaining how their company’s outbound process remains transparent and agile through the use of a standard like OpenChain. The event also covered open source tooling to compliance and other process management in business, a talk delivered by Dr. Michael C. Jaeger from Siemens, before proceeding into a group discussion focused on how OpenChain supports leadership position in open source management. The evening was concluded with open discussion over snacks and drinks.

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HELLA Aglaia is the Latest OpenChain 2.0 Conformant Company

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The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce that HELLA Aglaia, a German company focused on the automotive space, is the latest OpenChain Specification 2.0 conformant company.

“HELLA Aglaia entered the OpenChain community via the OpenChain 1.2 conformance process earlier this year,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “We were delighted with a productive, efficient collaboration, and equally heartened with their decision to take a leadership position in the adoption of OpenChain 2.0, the version of our standard positioned for fast-track submission to ISO. OpenChain is gathering particular momentum in the automotive industry due to the initiative and pursuit of excellence of such companies. We are looking forward to building new bridges to an ever wider group of stakeholders.”

OpenChain Japan Work Group Meeting #10 – July 16th in Tokyo

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The OpenChain Japan Work Group will host its 10th meeting at Fujitsu Solution Square in Tokyo on the 16th of July. All parties local and foreign are welcome. This event will be held in English and Japanese and is a great way to get up-to-speed on activities in Asia.

Access to Fujitsu Solution Square 

JR Keihin Tohoku Line, Tokyu Tamagawa Line, Tokyu Ikegami Line. Leave via the West Exit, then 6 minutes walk along side the JR Keihin Tohoku Line in the direction of Yokohama and Kawasaki

1-17-25 Shin-kamata, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 144-8588

Official OpenChain Specification 1.2 Available in Russian

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Thanks to the hard work of our friendly contributors, Denis and Yegor, the OpenChain Specification 1.2 has an official translation in Russian. This translation joins our growing corpus of localization documents for our international community.

Get the OpenChain Specification 1.2 in Russian

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OpenChain Expands Partner Program to Korea, Welcomes BKL Law Firm

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The OpenChain Project today welcomes BKL Law Firm as our first Korean participant in the Partner Program. This marks a significant milestone in building out a China, Japan, Korea (CJK) support network and is a complementary activity to the newly formed OpenChain Korean Work Group for user companies.

“Our firm is thrilled to be a partner of OpenChain,” says Jong Baek Park, Partner at BKL. “I believe that open source compliance through supply chain will be more improved and widespread thanks to OpenChain in coming years. We will do our best to contribute to the OpenChain community and help companies set up their compliance program to be OpenChain conformant.”

“The OpenChain Project has seen steady growth in the Asian region and recently we have formed an active Korea work group for user companies,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “Adjacent to this we are delighted to build out a support network for user companies that seek assistance around open source compliance issues. It is my pleasure to announce that our first legal partner in Korea is the BKL law firm and is spearheaded by Jongbaek Park, a long-term collaborator in the open source community and one of the key contributors to the Korean version of the OpenChain Specification. We look forward to continually expanding our user and our partner support network in the region.”

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OpenChain @ Korean Copyright Conference

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The OpenChain Project was featured in two talks at the Korean Copyright Conference on the 27th of June. This event, hosted by the Korean Copyright Commission, ran adjacent to a Public Domain event, and in combination the local audience was provided with broad context regarding open approaches to sharing intellectual capital.

Masato Endo from Toyota and Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager, discussed a series of topics ranging from Open Source Software Supply Chain Management through to the growing corpus of reference material available for companies and their suppliers to get context for effective license management.

This event comes hot on the heels of our second OpenChain Korean Work Group meeting and solidifies our growing exposure to this dynamic, fast growing technology market. The third OpenChain Korea Work Group meeting is scheduled to be hosted by SK Telecom in September and will continue our advocacy and preparation work in advance of graduating from a de facto industry standard to a formal ISO standard in 1H 2020.