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OpenChain Newsletter #19

By 2018-11-27January 19th, 2023Monthly Newsletter

Newsletter – Issue 19 – November 2018

The OpenChain Project has active bi-weekly calls and a central mailing list that provide the “nuts and bolts” of our community activity. These are joined by various releases of documents and announcements of OpenChain-related events throughout each month. We collect key developments in this newsletter once a month.


November has continued an extremely high amount of activity around the OpenChain Project with respect to releases, events and localization. The most important development is that our review process for the OpenChain Specification 2.0 is fully active. This is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to help shape the next generation of our standard.

Drafting OpenChain Specification 2.0

The OpenChain Project is preparing the next generation of our standard. This standard outlines the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program. The 2.0 version of OpenChain will build our the language of our currently deployed version – 1.2 – to improve ease of adoption. None of the requirements will change and all entities conformant to 1.2 will be conformant to 2.0:

New Conformant Organization

The OpenChain Project was delighted to welcome The Center for Research and Development Hong Kong (CRD-HK) to our community of conformance. CRD-HK focuses on the selection of Exceptional Research Projects in collaboration with Fellow Scholars, Principal Investigators and Universities with a goal of making outcomes accessible to a wide audience under the principles of Open Data:

OpenChain Specification in New Languages

The OpenChain Specification version 1.2 has been translated into German. This is an official translation with peer review. It is ready to be used for local conformance activities. The team behind this translation includes Miriam Ballhausen, Stefan Thanheiser, Jan Thielscher and Daniel Wulle. The reviewer of the translation was Stefanie Pors. The maintainer of this translation is Catharina Maracke:

The OpenChain Specification version 1.2 has been translated into Hindi. This is an official translation with peer review. It is ready to be used for local conformance activities. The team behind this translation includes Shuvajit Mitra at Infosys with review from Chandana Rao at Cognizant and Renjish Kumar at Wipro:

New Milestones in Japan

The OpenChain Japan Work Group has been planning a series of milestones for 2018 and 2019 via three new subgroups. These milestones include the creation of extensive guidance material regarding OpenChain adoption, inter-company communication, and open source policies. As with all OpenChain Curriculum material these documents are made available under CC-0 licensing for use, remixing and sharing for any purpose:

New Material Proposals

Moorcrofts law firm in the UK, one of our partner organizations, has stepped up with a potential “universal policy template.” We are seeking comments and feedback:

Gustavo G. Mármol Alioto has shared proposed localization of the OpenChain Curriculum Reference Training Slides for Argentina. This material is intended to help those located in Argentina with an interest in OpenChain adoption. The proposal is to add an “interchangeable or removable slide” to the OpenChain Curriculum Reference Training Slides for the OpenChain Specification 1.2. It would be added adjacent to Slide 8 in “Chapter 1: What is Intellectual Property?”. This new slide would be accompanied by an additional chart that compares aspects of US and Argentina Copyright Law to facilitate understanding:

Updated Material

The OpenChain Overview Slides have been updated, providing our latest (and best) introduction to the project, to our industry standard and to our educational material. These slides are available in PDF, PPTX and ODP formats under the CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (you can share these slides freely). The PPTX and ODP versions contains extensive speaker notes:

The OpenChain Project announced an updated version of the Open Source Compliance Training Slides in Korean. These cover all the core topics needed to educate personnel involved in quality open source compliance programs. These slides formally support the OpenChain Specification 1.1 but can be used for any version of the OpenChain Specification and any open source training program: 

The OpenChain Project has received a contribution of our reference training slides in MarkDown format from Taniguichi San of NEC. This experimental format works in Chrome browsers and is an example of OpenChain material being freely remixed:


The OpenChain Japan Work Group held its sixth meeting on the 31st of December at the Toshiba / Lazona Kawasaki Building. This meeting featured 49 participants from 24 organizations, continuing our tradition of building out a broad and active local community. It was also the first meeting dedicated to the new subgroups and milestones for 2019:

The OpenChain Project was represented at the Kansai Open Forum on the 10th of November by Tomo Dote of Micware. Dote San provided a keynote covering both OpenChain and our sister project SPDX, and he held a booth exhibit to showcase the practical adoption of both projects throughout the event:

Software Compliance Academy, one of OpenChain’s pilot program partners, hosted an open source seminar on the 16th of November in Munich. This event included information on OpenChain and provided a suitable onboarding point for organizations interested in participation:

The OpenChain Project was featured at the monthly meeting of the Intellectual Property Owners Association open source committee on the 19th of November. Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager, provided a recap of the OpenChain Project goals and proceeded to outline recent and projected future developments:

The OpenChain Japan Work Group held an ad hoc meeting at the Denso Ten Kobe offices on the 20th November. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss practical OpenChain adoption for suppliers:

The OpenChain Project was discussed at two events hosted by Grey Matter Ltd. in the UK. Martin Callinan from Source Code Control, an OpenChain Partner, presented our project and goals to diverse audiences. The first took place in Manchester on the 27th and the second in London on the 29th November:

On the 29th of November Masato Endo from Toyota delivered a presentation to introduce the OpenChain Project to KAMA-JAMA-VDA-AAM members. This marks the beginning of a dialogue about how OpenChain can support the global automotive industry with managing open source compliance in the supply chain:

KPMG announced they will host an event on the 5th of December to explore Technology Mergers & Acquisitions involving open source for buy and sell side entities. This reflects the way that open source licensing and security issues could potentially impact overall deal success if not effectively addressed. The panel will features experts from KPMG, Flexera, Adobe, O’Melveny & Myer, Wind River and the Linux Foundation’s OpenChain Project in a lively discussion around OSS management programs, legal and security issues, common pitfalls and leading practices around OSS usage:

The OpenChain Survey

The project launched an OpenChain usability survey for Q4. It was intended to provide a platform for everyone interested in open source compliance to let us know how we are doing / what can be improved in the future. The survey covered general interaction with the project, conformance and internationalization. It ran from the 6th to the 30th of November:


October was our busiest month yet…until November. We continue to put in place activities and releases that will support our work towards formal standardization in 2019/2020. We expect to end the year with significant updates on Membership and Conformance. Everything, as always, is due to our excellent volunteer community.

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