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  • Hacktoberfest Celebrates 5th Anniversary November 13, 2018
    Five years ago the community team at DigitalOcean wanted to create a program to inspire open source contributions. That first year, in 2014, the first Hacktoberfest participants were asked for 50 commits, and those who completed the challenge received a reward of swag. 676 people signed up and 505 forged ahead to the finish line, earning stickers and a custo […]
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  • COSCon Bridges East & West, Open Source Powers Now & Future November 6, 2018
    The OSI was honored to participate in the 2018 China Open Source Conference (COSCon'18) hosted by OSI Affiliate Member KAIYUANSHE in Shenzhen, China. Over 1,600 people attended the exciting two-day event, with almost another 10,000 watching via live-stream online. The conference boasted sixty-two speakers from twelve countries, with 11 keynotes (includi […]
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  • Handshake's $200K Pledge Extends Reach of Open Source Initiative November 1, 2018
    PALO ALTO, Calif. - Nov. 5, 2018 -- The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) is thrilled to announce the largest single donation in organizational history, a $200,000 contribution from Handshake. Handshake is a new system for the internet namespace that builds in security, openness, and reliability from the start. Handshake's work—as a community-oriented organ […]
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  • Progress in San Francisco's Open Source Elections Project October 29, 2018
    As many within the OSI community may know, the OSI has been following closely—and supporting—San Francisco's efforts to develop an open source elections system. Below is an update from Commissioner Chris Jerdonek of the San Francisco Elections Commision. 1. San Francisco Hiring a Project Manager! San Francisco is now hiring a Senior Technical Project Ma […]
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  • OSI Incubator Contributes to Success in STEM October 25, 2018
    Siena College's Urban Scholars Program provides elementary and middle school students in the Albany, New York school district educational opportunities within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields through active, hands-on workshops. Participants work closely with Siena student-mentors, in small groups, that encourage critical […]
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  • Open Source Program Benefits Survey Results October 17, 2018
    There are many organizations out there, from companies like Red Hat to internet scale giants like Google and Facebook that have established an open source programs office (OSPO). The TODO Group, a network of open source program managers, recently performed the first ever annual survey of corporate open source programs and revealed some interesting findings o […]
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  • Knowledge Sharing in Software Projects September 24, 2018
    In a special guest post, Megan L. Endres, Professor of Management, at Eastern Michigan University provides a debrief of data gathering from a recent survey on Knowledge Sharing promoted by the OSI. Thank you! We are extremely grateful to those who filled out the survey. We feel that our research can help create better environments at work, where team members […]
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  • California’s First Open Source Election System: Maybe not! September 20, 2018
    OSI Affiliate Member, California Association of Voting Officials (CAVO), has expressed concerns that a recent announcement by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (Dean Logan) and the State of California's Secretary of State (Alex Padilla) was not accurate in their descriptions of a newly certified elections tally system, "Voting Syst […]
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  • 20 Years with, and at OSCON August 7, 2018
      OSCON, the annual open source conference organized by O'Reilly Media, is always a great event for the open source community to come together to acknowledge the advancements of the open source software movement and the communities that enable it. However 2018 was a special year as several open source projects and communities marked significant mileston […]
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  • Should we celebrate the anniversary of open source? July 18, 2018
    Today in Portland at OSCON, OSI will be celebrating 20 years of open source. I’ve had a few comments along the lines of “I’ve was saying ‘open source’ before 1998 so why bother with this 20 year celebration?” That’s entirely possible. The phrase is reputed to have been used descriptively about free software — especially under non-copyleft licenses — from at […]
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