Black Duck has announced the launch of its Centre for Open Source Research and Innovation with an aim to increase reliance on open source for application development. The new Centre will be based at Black Duck’s Massachusetts headquarters, but the two new Black Duck research groups in Canada and Europe are likely to play major roles in the application release and development.
“Open source is the way today’s applications are developed, and we expect the worldwide adoption will continue to accelerate because of the compelling economic and productivity benefits open source provides,” said Lou Shipley, chief executive officer, Black Duck. “Over the next decade, more cutting-edge research, innovation, information and education — particularly related to open source security — are needed to ensure the open source ecosystem remains vibrant. We will be a leader in that effort.”
Europe-based Black Duck Security Research analyses security issues and attack patterns in open source software to offer actionable information on vulnerabilities as well as steps to reduce risk and strategies for using the community-backed solutions effectively. The Vancouver, Canada group, on the other hand, conducts applied research in data mining, machine learning, natural language processing, big data management and software engineering.
“Both groups will be sources of valuable research and reports throughout the year. Their work will help us innovate and improve our open source security and management solutions and a great deal of what they do will also be shared for the benefit of the open source community,” Shipley said.
Black Duck is aimed to issue periodic Open Source Security Audit (OSSA) reports analysing results of applications audited by the company’s on-demand as part of M&A activities through the new Centre. Additionally, the company is set to enhance its open source repository and database KnowledgeBase and expand its online community Open Hub.