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OpenChain Korea Work Group Meeting # 5 – Kakao Seoul on the 19th of March

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The 5th meeting of the OpenChain Korean Work Group will be hosted by Kakao in Seoul. A big thank you to Violet from Kakao and all our work group members.

  1. Organizer : Kakao (Contact : Violet – )
  2. Venue: Kakao Pangyo Office (7F, N-dong, 235 Pangyo Station-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do)
  3. Date: March 19, 2020


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More Information on the Korea Mailing List

OpenChain Japan Work Group Meeting # 13 – Cancelled

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The 13th meeting of the OpenChain Japan Work Group was scheduled to be held at DeNA in Shibuya on the 18th of February. However, due to the deteriorating situation in Japan with the COVID-19 virus we have taken the decision to cancel this event.

Please keep up-to-date with the latest developments regarding alternative video conferences and other meetings via our OpenChain Japan mailing list.

OpenChain and COVID-19 – Update

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The Linux Foundation is continuously monitoring the Novel Coronavirus situation to ensure the safety of our event participants and staff. We will be following all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the situation progresses.

Despite the cancellation of MWC Barcelona, many other significant conferences are still occurring and we have no plans to cancel events in general. Note that the WHO is currently advising against the application of any restrictions on international traffic. Based on the information currently available on the outbreak, the CDC is recommending standard safety practices that should be instituted during any flu season, and there are no US Dept of State Travel Advisories for countries other than China with relation to Novel Coronavirus.

For the safety of our event participants, we will institute numerous safety measures and guidelines to ensure everyone’s health and wellbeing including:

  • Keep up-to-date information on our event websites pertaining to the status of the event, and precautions for attendees onsite
  • Send email communications to registered event participants with any pertinent updates leading up to the event
  • Provide plentiful sanitation stations onsite at the event with alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wipes, tissue and facemasks
  • Provide signage onsite encouraging attendees to practice Respiratory Hygiene, ie to cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching your hands, nose, and mouth to avoid transferring germs from surfaces; discard a used tissue immediately into a closed trash can, and wash your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer and/or soap and water right away.
  • Provide signage to encourage attendees to maintain Social Distancing, ie to adopt a no-handshake policy at the event and stand a minimum of 3 feet (1 meter) from other people, especially those that may be sneezing, coughing and/or exhibiting cold/flu symptoms.
  • We will regularly sanitize all surfaces through the event space and communicate with the venues to do the same
  • We will be sanitizing speaker microphones between each speaker’s use
  • Request that anyone sick or experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms stay home for their own safety and the safety of others, and consider substituting a co-worker to attend in their place.
  • We ask that any attendees onsite who might begin experience cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing), to please seek medical care right away. We will have local medical care contact information available for all attendees and can assist any attendee with transportation to a local clinic.

We also ask all registered attendees to self-certify that if they have traveled to China in the last month, they ensure that at least 14 days have passed from the time they arrived from China to the event and that they have shown no flu-like symptoms in that time. If they have, we ask that for their own safety and the safety of other attendees, they substitute another attendee in their place and refrain from attending the event.

We will continue to regularly check the latest official information leading up to the event and encourage our event participants to do the same. We understand that there is a lot of fear and uncertainty right now as we are in the early stages of the outbreak and a lot is still unknown, however, we want to ensure we’re making decisions based on factual recommendations rather than rumor or fear. 

Recommended Resources:

World Health Organization (WHO) Novel Coronavirus Daily Situation Reports:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary:

Real-Time Data Dashboard from Johns Hopkins University:

US Dept of State Travel Advisories:

OpenChain @ Linux Foundation Member Summit – 10~12 March 2020

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The OpenChain Project will have a substantial presence at the forthcoming Linux Foundation Member Summit held during the 10th to 12th March 2020 in Lake Tahoe.

Framing OpenChain as an ISO standard

The Road to Conformance: Panel with Arm, Comcast, Google and Uber

Some Cool Talks by Community and Friends

See The Full Schedule

In Other News

The OpenChain Project will host a board meeting on the 9th of March, the day immediately before the Linux Foundation Member Summit. Adjacent to this we may hold a Steering Committee meeting. We have no voting item at this time but it could provide a space for a walk-through of the forthcoming ISO standard. If you have an interest in this being scheduled for 3pm on the 9th please let me know.

OpenChain Germany Meeting # 1 – 2020-02-06 – Minutes

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The OpenChain Germany Work Group Meeting # 1 has full video minutes here:

There are three key outcomes

(1) We will work on a reporting format for open source disclosure documentation.

(2) We will work on business process material for corporate contribution methods.

(3) We will take ownership of the German translations for OpenChain. This includes the Specification.

It should also be noted

(a) Meetings will be held on a bi-monthly schedule.

(b) The next meeting will probably be in Stuttgart.
(i) Daimler+Bosch have offered to host in Stuttgart.
(ii) HERE has offered to host in Berlin. (*)
(iii) PwC has offered to host in Frankfurt.

(c) The Germany Work Group will be chaired by the host of each meeting.

Thank you to everyone for making this happen. On behalf of OpenChain Project as a whole, we are looking forward to next steps!
— Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager.

(*) The meeting at HERE will probably be held adjacent to a TODO Group Europe meeting.

NTT DATA Italy collaborates with OpenChain project to build trust in open source

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License compliance will be simpler and more consistent.

SAN FRANCISCO, 5th February 2020 – Today, the OpenChain Project welcomes NTT DATA Italy as our latest official partner. From its integral role in building Japan’s financial systems to helping to advance safety in air transportation, NTT DATA has been a pioneer of social change for more than five decades. The Italian subsidiary of NTT DATA offers a wide range of services related to the effective, efficient use of open source technology.

The OpenChain standard defines inflection points in business workflows where a compliance process, policy or training should exist to minimize the potential for errors and maximize the efficiency of bringing solutions to market. The companies involved in the OpenChain community number in the hundreds. The OpenChain standard is being prepared for submission to ISO and evolution from de facto into a formal standard in 2020.

“We are excited to announce our participation in the OpenChain community in order to offer our clients high quality and trusted open source solutions. With our contribution, we hope to increase the spread, growth, sustainability, and compliance in the use of Open Source technologies. ” says Stefano Veltri, Head of Open Source NTT DATA Italy.

“We are delighted to formally announce deeper collaboration with NTT DATA in Italy,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “In 2020 we expect to greatly expand the community and the vendor support available to companies across the European area. Our relationship with NTT DATA Italy is an integral component in our mission to offer a wide range of services adjacent to our industry standard for open source compliance.”


NTT DATA is a trusted global innovator headquartered in Tokyo, with 118,000+ professionals in more than 50 countries. We deal with innovation, design, technology, cybersecurity and AI, delivering tangible business results by combining deep industry expertise. NTT DATA is part of NTT Group, a partner to 88 percent of the Fortune Global 100.

About the OpenChain Project

The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see our trademark usage page:

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Media Contacts

Shane Coughlan

Sara Bianchi
NTT DATA Media relation manager 
T +39 02 8312 5842 

Giorgia Bazurli
Comin & Partners
T +39 3492840676

OpenChain @ United Nations Technology Innovation Labs OS and IP Advisory Group

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Shane Coughlan, the OpenChain General Manager, has been named a participant in the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs OS and IP Advisory Group. While he is formally contributing as an individual, a key aspect of his engagement will be focused on ensuring that the OpenChain standard for open source compliance is fully understood, and that our broader community interests are effectively communicated.

For reference, the proposed UNTIL licensing frameworks/models for identified use cases are to:

  1. Enable technology solutions sharing and transfer to and among Member States
  2. Enable sharing technology solutions with the wider UNTIL ecosystems and the general public
  3. Enable cooperation between the UN and relevant partners in utilizing UNTIL technology (possibly through service level agreement-based fee structures paid by users of the technology solution)
  4. Enable the promotion of proprietary technology solutions that are incubated in the labs through UNTIL assistance towards start-ups and commercial organizations
  5. Enable engagement with the Academia and the research world

The group meets by telephone and at physical venues on a quarterly basis.

Learn More about the UNTIL OS and IP Advisory Group

OpenChain and the Coronavirus Situation

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The recent outbreak of a serious new Coronavirus in Asia has created a serious health challenge across multiple countries. Our thoughts are with everyone in areas impacted by illness, by travel restrictions, or with family in these areas. There is nothing more important than health and safety and we are sorry that so many currently face challenges in precisely these areas.

It is too early to say what the impact of this virus will be throughout Q1 and into Q2. It is possible that some of our events such as the third OpenChain China Work Group meeting – currently scheduled for 3rd of March @ Xiaomi in Beijing – will need to be postponed. Right now we plan to go ahead with the meeting. We will keep you informed of changes.

Stay safe everyone.