Nominations Invited for OSI Board of Directors

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Open Source Initiative (OSI) and affiliate members have also pledged to guard and maintain the Open Source Definition (OSD) and recognize the organisation as the steward of the open source definition.

The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting open-source software, has announced the 2019 Board Elections and is inviting nominations for appointment of new board members.

Nominations for two affiliate members and four individual members will be opened from February 3 till March 1, 2019.

The 11-member Board is composed of Directors elected by OSI individual members (5) and affiliate members (5). The General Manager of the OSI also serves on the Board as a Director (ex officio). The results of elections for both individual and affiliate member board seats are advisory with the OSI Board making the formal appointments to open seats based on the community’s votes.

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“As a membership led organization, your participation in our leadership–both as a voter and a candidate–is critical,” the organisation said.

The organisation believes that software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.

Read more about the eligibility for candidates, the OSI’s elections process, responsibilities of the OSI Board and OSI Board Directors here.

Reaffirms commitment to Open Source Definition

According to the organisation, efforts have been made to undermine the integrity of open source by claiming there is no need for a single, authoritative definition.

These efforts, the OSI said, are motivated by the interests of a few rather than the benefit of all, and are at odds with the principles that have so demonstratively served the open source community well in the past decades.

“If allowed to continue, these efforts will erode the trust of both users and contributors, and hinder the innovation that is enabled by open source software, just as surely as having multiple definitions of a kilogram would erode and undermine commerce,” the organisation noted.

Affirming its commitment to the Open Source Definition, the Board of Directors of the Open Source Initiative said, “We acknowledge its importance to the development of the software on which we rely to operate our businesses and organizations. We pledge to guard and maintain the Open Source Definition, and we recognize the Open Source Initiative as the steward of the Open Source Definition.”

 

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