OpenChain Supplier Education Leaflet – German Draft

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Stefan from Fiducia & GAD IT announced yesterday that work is well advanced on a German translation of our Supplier Education Leaflet. Originally created by a sub-group of the OpenChain Japan Work Group, the supplier education leaflet is available in Japanese, English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, as well as in Vietnamese as a draft.

Stefan’s full announcement and call for support

As discussed yesterday in Nuremberg during our kick-off meeting of the German OpenChain Working Group, I would like to reach out for support regarding finalisation of a translation of the Open Chain Supplier Leaflet into German.

You can see the current state-of-work at

The layout is not yet as complete as in the original – I would like to finalise the design after having sorted out the final German text. Thus, in a first round, quality checking of the text would be a good point to start 🙂

My ‚request-for-contribution‘ to you, if you currently want to / can support: 
Could you please compare the current German translation draft to the English version at
and provide corrections and suggestions for improvement? Please feel free to direct any comments to my address

(Should any of you want to go deeper: I ported the document from the proprietary Adobe format I found at Github (sorry, if there should have been any other format there -maybe I did not dig deep enough into the directory structure) to a format of the open source tool Scribus – why not use OSS tools when writing about OSS? ;-).
The “scribus source file” for the PDF can be found at
and can be edited using Scribus v1.5.5.)

Thank you in advance for your support and best regards,

Check Out The Other Translations

OpenChain Germany Meeting # 1 – 2020-02-06 – Minutes

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The OpenChain Germany Work Group Meeting # 1 has full video minutes here:

There are three key outcomes

(1) We will work on a reporting format for open source disclosure documentation.

(2) We will work on business process material for corporate contribution methods.

(3) We will take ownership of the German translations for OpenChain. This includes the Specification.

It should also be noted

(a) Meetings will be held on a bi-monthly schedule.

(b) The next meeting will probably be in Stuttgart.
(i) Daimler+Bosch have offered to host in Stuttgart.
(ii) HERE has offered to host in Berlin. (*)
(iii) PwC has offered to host in Frankfurt.

(c) The Germany Work Group will be chaired by the host of each meeting.

Thank you to everyone for making this happen. On behalf of OpenChain Project as a whole, we are looking forward to next steps!
— Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager.

(*) The meeting at HERE will probably be held adjacent to a TODO Group Europe meeting.

NTT DATA Italy collaborates with OpenChain project to build trust in open source

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License compliance will be simpler and more consistent.

SAN FRANCISCO, 5th February 2020 – Today, the OpenChain Project welcomes NTT DATA Italy as our latest official partner. From its integral role in building Japan’s financial systems to helping to advance safety in air transportation, NTT DATA has been a pioneer of social change for more than five decades. The Italian subsidiary of NTT DATA offers a wide range of services related to the effective, efficient use of open source technology.

The OpenChain standard defines inflection points in business workflows where a compliance process, policy or training should exist to minimize the potential for errors and maximize the efficiency of bringing solutions to market. The companies involved in the OpenChain community number in the hundreds. The OpenChain standard is being prepared for submission to ISO and evolution from de facto into a formal standard in 2020.

“We are excited to announce our participation in the OpenChain community in order to offer our clients high quality and trusted open source solutions. With our contribution, we hope to increase the spread, growth, sustainability, and compliance in the use of Open Source technologies. ” says Stefano Veltri, Head of Open Source NTT DATA Italy.

“We are delighted to formally announce deeper collaboration with NTT DATA in Italy,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “In 2020 we expect to greatly expand the community and the vendor support available to companies across the European area. Our relationship with NTT DATA Italy is an integral component in our mission to offer a wide range of services adjacent to our industry standard for open source compliance.”


NTT DATA is a trusted global innovator headquartered in Tokyo, with 118,000+ professionals in more than 50 countries. We deal with innovation, design, technology, cybersecurity and AI, delivering tangible business results by combining deep industry expertise. NTT DATA is part of NTT Group, a partner to 88 percent of the Fortune Global 100.

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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Media Contacts

Shane Coughlan

Sara Bianchi
NTT DATA Media relation manager 
T +39 02 8312 5842 

Giorgia Bazurli
Comin & Partners
T +39 3492840676

OpenChain Reference Tooling Work Group @ FOSDEM – February 2020

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The OpenChain Reference Tooling Work Group held a series of meetings adjacent to the FOSDEM conference in Brussels. Here are the outcomes and minutes as provided by Oliver Fendt.

Big Picture

It would be good to have information about “who is using which open source tool to do OSS compliance work” to create an overview that might help during internal discussions about appropriate tooling. We did not find an exact solution for this but there was consensus to work on enhancing a planned TODO Group survey with concrete questions about OSS based compliance tool usage. The survey is scheduled to be launched in June 2020.

It would help if we could create a detailed description of the functional building blocks (e.g. license & copyright scanner) available and which tool(s) implement the desired functionality or part thereof. A similar concept is also an outcome of the “requirements” session, see below.

Glue Code

To produce practical glue code a concrete use case is necessary. If you have a concrete use case and the tools intended to address this use case it is easy to identify the glue code required for implementation. This also provides the possibility to address whether the APIs of the tools support the implementation of the use case. When a tool does not support the needed API it is then practical and possible to file a targeted issue for that specific tool.

We intend to create a place where one can share information about different integration scenarios or proof of concepts different person are currently working on, in order to avoid duplicated efforts and to be able to connect to others addressing the same concerns. Two examples: Martin is willing to share the information about his company’s Yocto proof-of-concept and Arun will share information about work in his company.

 *   Oliver Fendt has taken an action item to create a place (directory) in our Github repo that this and other information can be shared and coordinated.

There is also the possibility that existing tools have integration scenarios with on their roadmap and that for these scenarios glue code is unnecessary. Coordination is key.


There was consensus that documentation is needed to describe the progress from user stories (what do I want/need to do) to capabilities of the functional building blocks that make up the big picture (e.g. License & copyright scanner). It is important to provide concrete instances of tools which implement the necessary capabilities. This will also be a good base to identify needed glue code and/or APIs to be implemented in the concrete tools.

 *   Oliver Fendt has taken an action item to create an issue about this in our Github repo @


If you want to contribute to realize our targeted results you are highly welcome. Jump in and comment on the issues we will create based on these outcomes.

Let’s work together to make this happen

OpenChain and Coronavirus

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A message from Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager

Dear Everyone
First of all, I would like to offer my personal best wishes and thoughts to everyone who is impacted. The safety of yourself, your family, your friends and your colleagues is the most important thing.
Every decision in the OpenChain Project will be taken from this perspective. We expect events in Asia and abroad to be altered or cancelled due to the outbreak.
More specifically:

  1. On February 6th I will attend the first OpenChain Germany meeting. However, if the virus appears in South West Japan I will cancel my attendance. I do not want to risk carrying the virus to Europe.
  2. On February 18 the 13th OpenChain Japan meeting happens in Tokyo. The Japan Work Group will monitor the situation and decide if we need to change our plans. Updates to follow.
  3. On March 3rd the third OpenChain China meeting happens in Beijing. We will monitor the situation and decide if we cancel within the next two weeks. Updates to follow.
  4. Our events in Taiwan are being decided by our local organizers, SZ and Lucien. Updates to follow.
  5. Our events in Korea are undecided. I will talk with our local community. Updates to follow.
  6. Our co-hosting of the first Asian Legal Network Conference will continue, but the event has moved from Q1 to Fall. Updates to follow.

Regardless of where you are, please take care. I am hearing reports of shortages of face masks and other materials in more locations. If you are in one of these locations please contact me at I will send supplies.
Let’s take care of each other.