What is OpenChain?

The OpenChain Project helps to identify and share the core components of a high quality Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) compliance program. OpenChain conformance builds trust in the supply chain by describing how Open Source license requirements have been met in distributed software.

 

How does OpenChain work?

The OpenChain Project has three working groups open for anyone to contribute to:

* Specification Working Group – identifies and publishes a set of core requirements a quality FOSS compliance program should satisfy.

* Curriculum Working Group – provides training material to help companies meeting the Specification education requirements.

* Conformance Working Group – helps companies check that they are adhering to the Specification requirements.

There are also three governing committees with paid membership.

* Governing Board – Manage policies or rules and procedures for the Project, fund raising, budgeting and so forth.

* Steering Committee – Development, management and updating of the OpenChain Compliance Specification.

* Outreach Committee – Designing, developing and executing efforts to build an OpenChain compliance ecosystem throughout relevant supply chains in collaboration with the Governing Board.

The Specification is the heart of OpenChain. It describes the processes required to achieve effective management of FOSS in the supply chain. OpenChain Curriculum provides training material to help companies meeting the Specification requirements. OpenChain Conformance helps companies check that they are adhering to the Specification requirements.

 

Where can I learn more about each aspect of OpenChain?

There are Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) pages for Specification, Curriculum and Conformance:

* https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/openchain/specification-questions-and-answers

* https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/openchain/curriculum-questions-and-answers

* https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/openchain/conformance-questions-and-answers