OpenChain @ Nordic OpenInfra Days, October 3rd 2019

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The OpenChain Project will be taking center stage during the Risk and Compliance in Open Source panel at the Nordic OpenInfra Days on the 3rd of October.

“Amanda Brock will chair the panel and consider what is risk in open source and what does it take to make software Trustable from a legal and compliance perspective. The Linux Foundation’s OpenChain compliance project has rapidly gained traction and is supported by companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Intel, Toyota and Scania. Andrew Katz from Orcro, a Linux Foundation partner, has been advising companies on open source compliance for many years, and draws on the practical experience he has with clients large and small in discussing this. Martin Von Willebrand will consider how to implement an end-to-end automated open source compliance tool chain and Professor Björn Lundell will highlight findings and challenges from extensive research related to clarifying terms (and obtaining patent licences) for use of IT standards allowing for implementation in open source projects.”

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OpenChain Tooling Group Meeting – October 10th – 9am CEST – at ESOC – European Space Operations Centre – Enrol now!

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Important Notice

 1.  If you plan to attend this meeting, you really have to contact Peter Ellsiepen ( BEFORE (Oct 7th) and eroll. The meeting is hosted at the European Space Operation Centre of the European Space Agency and thus special security measures apply:
 2.  The meeting is held under the Chatham house rule

Meeting Location

ESOC – European Space Operations Centre

Robert-Bosch-Strasse 5

64293 Darmstadt


More information about the hosting organisation:<>

Note that there can be hotel books at special rates for guests of ESOC

 *   Maritim Rhein-Main Darmstadt, ESOC-Rate 125€ incl. Breakfast
Rheinstraße 105, 64295 Darmstadt
 *   Best Western Plus Plaza Darmstadt, ESOC-Rate 113€ incl. Breakfast
Am Kavalleriesand 6, 64295 Darmstadt
 *   Intercity-Hotel Darmstadt, ESOC-Rate ab 101€ incl. Breakfast
Poststraße 12, 64293 Darmstadt

Dial In Instructions

Please find dial in information at the end of this document

Current Agenda
Please find also the agenda here:

OpenChain Tooling Work Group Meeting #3 – Outcomes, September 18th 2019

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The minutes are below. The slides discussed during the meeting are presented here as well for reference.

1. Update on the agenda
There will be no sw360antenna presentation in this meeting. The presentation will be done in the next meeting

2. News
Oliver gave an overview about “what happened since last meeting”

3. Reference slides
Comments made by Frances are incorporated. Alexios proposed to add a note in the lower left box explaining that this is an example picture -> headline added. Peter suggested to add the mailing list subscription page and to improve the layout of the lower right box. -> done. Alexios proposed to be more explicit that there is world-wide collaboration and a world wide availability (upper right box) –> done. World map was updated
The glossary and the component landscape will be aligned with the big picture functional blocks –> cross check done – big picture partly updated, issue planned regarding glossary

3. User Stories
Overview of the – Oliver explained that this epic should be seen as an abstract description that shall serve as a base for more detailed user stories. Marcel and Peter will check what user stories they can contribute

OpenChain Taiwan Meeting # 2: Outcomes

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The OpenChain Project, in conjunction with the Taiwanese Legal Network and the Open Culture Foundation, held our second open source compliance workshop in Taipei on the 27th of September.

This event provided an opportunity to build on previous relationships to further our mission to ensure everyone is aware of and understands how to engage with our industry standard for open source compliance. This event was kindly sponsored by MOXA, a company that has been a positive contributor to our project throughout 2019.

As usual we are making the slides from this event available. We kicked off with a general overview of the OpenChain Project by Shane Coughlan, General Manager.

The event included an overview of why the OpenChain Japan Work Group formed and how it works.

Ueda San from Sony provided an excellent presentation on how Sony manages open source and compliance.

Kato San from Panasonic explained how his company contextualizes open source and compliance activities.

The event was capped by the excellent presentation by SZ Lin of MOXA explaining their perspective and activities in Taiwan and globally.

We ended the event with consensus that it is time to begin exploring the launch of a formal OpenChain Taiwan Work Group. Watch this space!

OpenChain China Work Group Meeting # 1: Outcomes

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The OpenChain Project held its first China Work Group meeting on the 25th of September in Shenzhen. This event was kindly hosted by Huawei and featured attendees from companies as diverse as Baidu and DJI. It provided an excellent opportunity to build our first bridge into one of the world’s largest markets, and we received excellent local support, including via simultaneous translation.

The OpenChain Project was introduced from first principles. A significant focus was on how country work groups, as in Japan and Korea, provide added value through two way sharing of material between local regions and the international market. A key point was that local groups operate best in their local language, and this has worked well in practice for the OpenChain Project since the inception of such activities in December 2017.

We were joined at the event by Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. Their activity in building a community of patent non-aggression around the Linux System with over 3,000 participants highlighted how IPR management can effectively balance open source and portfolios.

The event included two open sessions for discussion and – as we concluded – it was provisionally discussed that the next event may take place in December at Baidu in Beijing. We look forward to next steps!