OpenChain Reference Policy Template 2.0 – Final Release Candidate

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As we head into the weekend it is the perfect time to take a moment and review one of the most important documents in our reference library. There are two primary requests in the OpenChain Project regarding reference material. One is for reference training, something we have addressed through our comprehensive curriculum slides since the project formation. The second is for templates to create open source policies for organizations of different sizes and in different markets. Thanks to the tremendous work of Andrew Katz, his team at Moorcrofts, and the team at Orcro, the OpenChain Project has been able to offer a flexible template to address this need for over a year. Our first release focused on version 1.2 of the OpenChain standard. Our second release, formally coming to market very soon (but already in draft form for many months), is designed to explicitly support version 2.0 of the OpenChain standard. This is a critical release, as OpenChain 2.0 is going into the ISO process, and we expect it to spread globally in this form for many years. Please take a moment, take a look at our final release candidate for this document, and let us know what you think.

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OpenChain @ Asian Legal Network Shanghai – 1st December

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The OpenChain Project will be represented by Shane Coughlan, General Manager, during an Asian Legal Network event in Shanghai. The Asian Legal Network, sponsored by Open Invention Network, has helped connect people across China, India, Japan and Korea over the last eight years. The OpenChain Project has been present at meetings in recent years to discuss open source compliance, our industry standard, and collaboration across entities of all sizes.

Reminder: OpenChain Specification – ISO Draft Review Process Ends 10th December

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This is your chance to help finalize our ISO submission.

For those new to the specification  – The OpenChain project has developed  a specification that defines a core set of requirements that a trusted open source compliance program is expected to satisfy.   To obtain a better understanding of the goals and the context in which the specification was developed before providing feedback, you can review the following FAQ list.

The big change over the current 2.0 version was reformatting the document layout into one acceptable for ISO submission and adoption.  Other than very minor clarification edits, the content has largely remained unchanged. If a company is conformant with version 2.0 – they would remain conformant with 2.1. 

The current draft is available at:

Past readers of the spec might find the marked up version useful:

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OpenChain – Five Minute Education Case Study – Example from Panasonic

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The OpenChain Japan Work Group pioneered a series of super quick case studies to help everyone get to know each other. We believe these can be useful for local Work Groups in every location and want to share a template that can be adapted. The content of this template is not editable because it refers to actual company processes, but the idea and layout can be copied freely.

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LG Electronics Announces OpenChain Conformance

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The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce that LG Electronics is the latest company to announce an OpenChain conformant program. LGE is the first major Korean company to take this step, cementing their status as a thought leader in the space, and directly building on their active work throughout 2019 in establishing the OpenChain Korea Work Group

“Open source software is increasingly being used in new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and the cloud,” said I.P. Park, CTO of LG Electronics. “We will comply with open source licenses and increase quality so that customers can use LG Electronics’ products and services with confidence.”

“The LG Electronics open source team has been a fantastic part of the global open source community for many years,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “We have been collaborating on open source program office matters, on open source compliance matters, and on broader open source optimization in the context of business workflows. Today’s announcement builds on the past and clearly signals a bright future. I and all the rest of the OpenChain community are looking forward to furthering our relationship and furthering great initiatives such as the OpenChain Korea Work Group.”

About LG Electronics

LG Electronics is a global leader in technological innovation in the fields of electronics, mobile communication devices and home appliances, and conducts business in more than 100 locations around the world.

LG Electronics has been carrying out various activities for open source compliance with professional manpower since 2007. LG Electronics has established a process for open source compliance and manages the use and distribution of open source through its own system efficiently. LG Electronics also operates a website for outside developers at Developers can download open source through the website and check open source licenses, as well as get answers if any questions.

About the OpenChain Project

The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

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