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Learn More About OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020

What Is This?

OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020 defines the key requirements of a quality open source license compliance program.

What Does It Do?

The OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020 helps organizations manage open source licensing requirements for past, current and future products or services.

It identifies:

  1. The key places to have license compliance processes
  2. How to assign roles and responsibilities
  3. And how to ensure sustainability of the processes

The OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020 is lightweight, easy to read and is supported by our global community with free reference material and conformance resources.

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Past Versions of the Standard


This specification was developed by over 100 contributors in the 2014~2016 before its first public release as OpenChain 1.0 in October 2016. It was submitted to the ISO/IEC JTC-1 PAS Transposition Process in April 2020. It graduated as ISO/IEC 5230:2020 in December 2020.

Improving OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020

OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020, the International Standard for open source license compliance, is available for everyone to review, adopt and to submit suggestions for improvement. We collect these comments on the OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020 GitHub Repository. You can add your comments in the “Issues” section.

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