Newsletter – Issue 29 – September 2019


The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce the launch of a series of interviews about the people behind our work. While open source is mostly about software, and governance is mostly about licenses, it is also the story of thousands of individuals collaborating. We hope these interviews with inform and inspire our readers, and encourage more people to participate in open source and OpenChain.

Kayoko Takanishi from TUV SUD has kindly agreed to be our first featured community figure.

Read Our First Interview Now

OpenChain @ Specification

We are working on the draft of the next version of OpenChain Specification. Our objective is to make only minor clarification changes over version 2.0  while we wait for ISO adoption (currently in progress).

The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce the immediate availability of the OpenChain Specification 2.0 in Korean. This process was lead by Haksung Jang. Many thanks to Jongbaek Park, Seo-young Isabelle Hwang and Jong-ho Hong for their contributions.

Thanks to the hard work of Andrew Katz and his teams at Moorcrofts and Orcro the OpenChain Policy Template for OpenChain Specification 2.0 is nearly ready. This provides extensive building blocks to help organizations of any size in any market create an open source policy.

OpenChain @ Self-Certification

The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce that OpenChain Self-Certification is now available in Korean. This translation, joining our English and Japanese self-certification, marks another milestone in ensuring that companies around the world can quickly, easily and effectively adopt the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program. Great thanks are due to Haksung Jang from LG Electronics for his fantastic work in this translation.

OpenChain @ Events

On the 17th of September, the 6th Bitkom Forum Open Source Software will take place in Erfurt, Germany. About 150 participants from 100 companies are expected.

On the 17th of September Davis Marr presented on “OpenChain: Open Source License Compliance and Management Across the Supply Chain” at the Flight Boston conference in Boston, US.

OpenChain @ Work Groups

The OpenChain Korea Work Group held its 3rd meeting at the SK Telecom offices in Seoul. As usual we had a mix of people from consumer electronics, automotive and telecommunication companies present.

The OpenChain India Work Group has just begun its first meeting thanks to Mishi, Chandana and so many other people from so many companies. As Shane Coughlan mention’s in his opening speech linked below, this is part of an exceptional month for the OpenChain Project, as we start work groups here and in China. The standard for open source compliance is reaching out to an additional 2.8 billion people. Great things lie ahead.

The first OpenChain India Work Group meeting took place on September 5th in Bangalore. This event was kindly hosted by SFLC.in and MCA. We welcome contributors from OpenChain Conformant companies such as Cognizant and Infosys along with many good friends from other Indian entities.

Video minutes are now available for the first OpenChain Automotive Work Group Meeting on the 19th of July 2019. This meeting, bringing together collaborators from dozens of companies across three continents, marked the beginning of a global effort to seek common, resource effective solutions for open source license compliance.

The Tooling Work Group will host its second meeting on the 18th of September. This meeting will be hosted by Oliver Fendt of Siemens and continues the exploratory discussion regarding the state of open source tooling for open source compliance today. Everyone is welcome to join!

The OpenChain Tooling Work Group Meeting held its second meeting on September 4th 2019

The OpenChain License Information Sub-Group will host an all member meeting on the 17th of September.

The 11th meeting of the OpenChain Japan Work Group was hosted by Olympus on the 19th of September. It marked the completion of many months of work in building, sharing and translating open source compliance material.

During the most recent OpenChain Work Group call Jeff Luszcz took center stage as our guest presenter. His talk was based on sharing his experience around real world challenges and solutions as observed during the past 15 years.

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, 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.

The OpenChain Tooling Work Group Meeting held their 3rd meeting on September 18th 2019