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OpenChain Announces Strategic Advisors

By 2017-04-06May 15th, 2017News

OpenChain Announces Strategic Advisors

SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES– (Apr 6th 2017) –The OpenChain Project today welcomes Catharina Maracke and Matija Šuklje as its first two Strategic Advisors.

“Catharina and Matija are long-term contributors to FOSS and related aspects of Open Technology and Law,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain Program Manager. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely together as we grow OpenChain from a useful, refined project to widely adopted market reality.”

Catharina is an IP/IT lawyer focussing on compliance and related governance questions. With more than 10 years of experience in public licensing schemes and standardisation, Catharina has worked with different stakeholders from the public and private sector to build networks and healthy ecosystems around open access and open source projects. Catharina has served as International Director for Creative Commons, as a Board Member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, and as a Member of the Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System at the World Economic Forum. She is admitted to the bar in Germany.

Matija is an IT lawyer and expert on Open Source licensing and governance. As a long-standing active member of various communities in and around FOSS he holds a deep understanding of both its technical and legal aspects, as well as the social interplay at hand. He has experience from all four sectors – public, business, private, and voluntary – and takes particular pleasure in establishing bridges between the different groups.

About The OpenChain Project
The OpenChain Project is a community effort to establish best practices for effective management of open source software compliance. The project aims to help reduce costs, duplication of effort, and ease friction points in the software supply. The OpenChain Project has three Work Teams that collaborate on future refinements of the OpenChain Specification, to develop training materials and create conformance criteria for organizations.

Platinum Members of the OpenChain Project include Adobe, ARM Holdings, Cisco, GitHub, Harman International, HPE, Qualcomm, Siemens and Wind River.

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