We recognize that organizations in our community are at different levels in building their open source compliance processes. We illustrate this process as four levels in the “Path to Conformance.” For each level, we are gathering resources to support our community organization moved through the conformance process.

Level 1: Gaining Awareness of Open Source Compliance

Organizations in this stage may be asking:

  • What are open source risk? How can failing to comply with open source obligations impact engineering, business and legal teams?
  • How do I communicate the importance of open source compliance to my partners or within my own organization?
  • What are the benefits of open source compliance?

Official Project Resources:

Level 2: Understanding How OpenChain Addresses Compliance Risks

Organizations In This Stage May Be Asking:

  • What are the benefits of OpenChain conformance?
  • What are key elements of the OpenChain project?
  • What are requirements for joining the community? For obtaining/implementing the specification?

Official Project Resources:

Level 3: Understanding How to Implement OpenChain-Conformant Processes

Organizations In This Stage May Be Asking:

  • How do I assess my current compliance status?
  • How do I publicize OpenChain conformance?
  • Do I conform to a certain version of OpenChain? Do I need to update compliance processes for new versions?

Official Project Resources:

  1. Self-Certify Online – https://www.openchainproject.org/conformance
  2. Self-Certify Manually – https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/_media/openchain/openchain_conformance_conformance_check_1.1.pdf

Level 4: Obtaining OpenChain Conformance

Organizations In This Stage May Be Asking:

  • What compliance processes do I need?
  • What do I need to know to perform a risk assessment?
  • What processes have other OpenChain community organizations used?

Official Project Resources:

OpenChain Resources – Other Content