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  1. OSI Seeks to Hire Executive Director

    It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that OSI, as of today, is embarking on a search for an Executive Director.

    This is the culmination of many years of work and dedication on the part of countless individuals, and should be taken as a sign that OSI is maturing as an organization. We are following in the footsteps of many organizations that have come before us: nonprofits often start as a scrappy band of volunteers, which then hire staff for day-to-day operations, and eventually the staff are empowered to lead the organization.

    OSI as we know it today didn't exist until 2013. From 1998 to 2013, the organization was volunteer-driven and operated. From 2013 to 2020, OSI hired its first full-time staff member which kept the volunteer directors in the driver's seat while placing the responsibility for operations in the capable hands of staff. Over the last seven years, OSI sustained its core mission, shaped policy around the globe, worked tirelessly to mitigate open washing, built an alliance of more than 125 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of people, provided a home for projects like ClearlyDefined, and rolled out programs like FLOSS Desktops for Kids and Open Source Technology Management courses with Brandeis University.

    We have seen incremental progress every year, with OSI expanding its programs and refining its operations. And yet, over the last couple of years, there has been broad agreement: the open source software ecosystem needs a bolder and more responsive OSI.

    Hiring an Executive Director, a person who is empowered to lead, is an essential next step.

    Now, let's get down to brass tacks. This is a full-time, permanent position, reporting to the Board of Directors, which comes with a competitive salary and benefits. Though we know these processes can take a long time, we are accepting applications starting today, hope to begin interviewing candidates in late January, and aim to bring on the new Executive Director by July.

    Might you be the person we're looking for? Please, apply now!Maybe you know someone who'd be a good fit? Please, pass it on!

    Help us get the word out by sharing this post with your networks. And if you have any thoughts or opinions on where we should be share this opportunity to ensure we reach a broad range of applicants, please let us know!

    Please direct all inquiries to

    In service,

    Josh Simmons
    Open Source Initiative

  2. The .NET Foundation Joins the Open Source Initiative's Affiliate Program

    PALO ALTO, Calif., October 20th, 2020 -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), the international authority in open source licensing, is excited to announce the affiliate membership of the .NET Foundation, the world's biggest repository of .NET projects and resources. Welcoming the .NET Foundation to the OSI Affiliate program further solidifies the .NET community's commitment to open source and highlights the open source movement's continued success across many different platforms.

    Executive Director of the .NET Foundation Claire Novotny says, "We're excited to join the OSI and look forward to working together to support open source. The .NET Foundation is very interested in building on our existing commitment to interoperability and developer education with other members of the OSI Affiliate community."

    The .NET Foundation was founded in 2014 and is dedicated to growing the open source ecosystem built around the .NET development platform. The Foundation started with twenty-four projects in its care, most donated by Microsoft. These days, you’ll find over one hundred active projects, including the .NET Compiler Platform, C#, ASP.NET, .NET Core, and Xamarin, along with many popular .NET open-source frameworks like xUnit, ImageSharp, Polly, and Reactive Extensions. The .NET Foundation promotes the broad spectrum of software available to .NET developers through, GitHub, and other venues and supports the community through advocacy, education, marketing and administrative support.

    Josh Simmons, Board Chair of the Open Source Initiative adds, "I'd personally like to enthusiastically welcome the .NET Foundation to the OSI's community of open source practitioners. Organizations that support developers by fostering growth, learning and shared resources are the future of open source. I think it's safe to say that we're looking forward to learning from each other."

    The OSI Affiliate Member Program, available at no-cost, allows non-profit organizations to join and support the OSI's work to promote and protect open source software. Affiliate members participate directly in the direction and development of the OSI through board elections and incubator projects that support software freedom. Membership provides a forum where open source leaders, businesses, and communities engage through member-driven initiatives to increase awareness and adoption of open source software.


    About the .NET Foundation
    The .NET Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization established to support an innovative, commercially friendly, open-source ecosystem around the .NETdevelopmentplatform. Through its working committees, the organization provides a unified place for .NET developers to share and learn about current projects, tools and events.
    About the Open Source Initiative
    For over 20 years, the Open Source Initiative has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.
  3. Two Affiliate Events Later This Month

    October in 2019 was packed with opportunities to catch up -- in person -- with many of our open source friends. This year is different, but there are still opportunities to learn, grow and even meet people. The only downsides? No long flights, no camping out in hotel lobbies waiting for your room to be ready and no jetlag. 
    On October 15 - 17, you can join LibreOffice who are combining their annual conference this year with openSuse. OSI Board member Italo Vignoli will be speaking on the first day about how to get LibreOffice certification. The conference is free and the community is welcome! Check the conference website for the full schedule and detals on how to register. 
    On October 20-24th, SysArmy, an Argentinian community for IT professionals is organizing the 7th edition of, a five day open source event with talks in English and Spanish. Topics range from technical tips and practical career advice to pondering the big questions about the future of tech.Keynotes include Brian Kernighan and Alan Kay. Tickets are free, so check out the schedule and details in English or Spanish here!
  4. Announcing Our Sustainability Coordinator Role

    The Open Source Initiative is in the middle of growth year which means we're building capacity and hiring staff. We're looking for someone to help us with capacity building, who has experience in both fundraising and relationship management. If you are interested in working with us or you know someone who is, please get in touch!

    Sustainability Coordinator

    About the Open Source Initiative

    The Open Source Initiative(OSI) is thefounding organization of the open source software movement, the steward of the movement's ideals and ethos, and the protector of the community's principles and practices. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. The OSI's constituents include individual software developers, open source software foundations, and the broader technology industry.

    About the Role

    The Open Source Initiative is interested in building capacity and growing its community of stakeholders. We are seeking a long-term contractor to facilitate our sustainability and development efforts by joining us for 10 hours/week.

    Activities will include:

    • Design, develop, and deliver initiatives, promotions and email campaigns that foster participation and support with OSI’s donor community

    • Analyze the outcomes of development activities for effectiveness, and suggest areas where increased connection and efficiency can be achieved

    • Maintain impeccable records and documentation of fundraising activities and campaigns

    • Build authentic relationships that foster shared successes between industry and the OSI

    • Identify and connect with potential new organizational partners with shared values, aligned activities, and peer communities


    The ideal candidate has:

    • Strong writing and communications skills

    • Experience crafting online fundraising campaigns

    • Comfort contacting individual donors and stakeholders for significant gifts

    • Thrives in a culture of participation where collaboration and transparency are the default

    • Strongly values the diversity in the open source community that is critical for sustainability and growth

    • Demonstrated skill meeting deadlines in a remote environment


    We’d prefer:

    • Deep familiarity with the global open source community

    • Experience applying to grants for technically focused non-profits

    • Comfort using CiviCRM and XWiki


    We believe that the future of open source must include everyone. We welcome all job-seekers regardless of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran or disability status.


    Compensation: $30 per hour/10 hours per week

    If you are interested or you know someone who might be interested, please get in touch by emailing the General Manager (

  5. Join us for OSI's first State of the Source Summit!

    We need open source now, more than ever. Now is the time to foster global connections, knowledge exchange and cross-border collaboration. Only by working together can we make bigger strides in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. The mission of OSI has always been to advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. Our goal is to establish State of Source as a platform to bring together open source projects, communities and advocates from around the world.

    We want to thank our supporters of this event, without whom this endeavor would have been far more challenging! Our amazing sponsors for the State of the Source Summit include RedHat, Indeed, Eclipse Foundation, Bloomberg, XWiki, Zup, Bitergia, Command Prompt, Salesforce, LexPan Law, Blindside Networks/BigBlueButton, and DigitalOcean.

    Please mark your calendars for September 9-11 now and visit to register for this exciting event!

    For more information, and for the full event schedule, go to

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