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OpenChain Newsletter #25

By 2019-05-27January 31st, 2023Monthly Newsletter, News

Newsletter – Issue 25 – May 2019

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.


Reminder: Companies Can Upgrade OpenChain Conformance to 2.0

Companies currently OpenChain 1.1 or 1.2 Conformant can easily check and upgrade their conformance status to 2.0 using our free online questionnaire. Upgrading is purely optional for existing conformant organizations. However, it is a smooth transition from OpenChain 1.2 and can be a great way to send a positive message to your suppliers and customers.

Access the Online Self-Certification Questionnaire

OpenChain @ Specification 2.0

OpenChain Specification 2.0 in German

The OpenChain Project is delighted to announce that the latest version of our specification for quality open source compliance programs is available in German. This document can be used by any organization to review and improve their internal processes.

“The OpenChain Project is expanding globally through adoption of our specification, our reference materials and use of our free self-certification process,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “The OpenChain Specification is at the heart of what we do. This document outlines the key requirements of a quality open source compliance program and can be used by any organization in any market as a “health check” and basis for refinement. The availability of our latest specification in German is another milestone in the maturity of the project.”

This translation is the result of collaboration from Catharina Maracke, Stefan Thanheiser, Stefanie Pors, Anke Thanheiser, Jan Thielscher, Miriam Ballhausen and Daniel Wulle. Big thanks are due to Catharina Maracke for coordinating the process.

Get the Specification in German

Reminder: OpenChain Conformance Badges are just a few questions away

One of the most common questions asked around the OpenChain Project is “how do I get an OpenChain badge for my conformance program and the products that go through it?”

We keep this simple. Any company in any market sector can use our free OpenChain Project self-certification questionnaire. This questionnaire has also proven useful for internal, private “health checks” to assess the current status of open source compliance programs. We are delighted to support both use cases.

Access Our Free Online Self-Certification Questionnaire

OpenChain @ Conformance

OpenChain Welcomes Hella Aglaia to the Community of Conformance

The OpenChain Project is delighted to welcome Hella Aglaia to our community of conformance.

“OpenChain is becoming increasingly popular in the automotive industry,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “We have member companies like Toyota, Hitachi and Bosch directly supporting the growth of OpenChain adoption, and we have extensive engagement throughout our community from companies like Panasonic, Denso Ten and Scania. We are extremely happy to welcome HELLA Aglaia to our community of conformance and – more generally – to the wider OpenChain eco-system of collaboration.”

In their own words, HELLA Aglaia Mobile Vision GmbH is a full subsidiary of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA and one of the leading global developers of intelligent visual sensor systems.

We specialize in customized embedded software solutions for driver assistance systems with multi-functional cameras. Our portfolio also includes the development of software for energy management systems as well as testing solutions for environment sensor systems (camera/radar) and associated products and services. Another field of expertise covers the development and distribution of people-counting devices based on integrated image processing. Our products are suitable for the integration in public transport vehicles as well as for stationary use (e.g. retail locations, airports, stations).

HELLA Aglaia was founded in 1998 and headquartered in Berlin.

Learn More About Hella Aglaia

OpenChain @ Partners

OpenChain Welcomes {metæffekt} as our Latest Partner

The OpenChain Project is delighted to welcome {metæffekt} as the latest OpenChain Partner. Our partner program helps any organization, anywhere adopt OpenChain easily. It operates adjacent to our free online self-certification to allow user companies to choose to get help with training, processes, legal matters or third-party certification. You can learn more about our partner program on this dedicated page.

“Welcoming metaeffekt fits neatly in this moment of evolution for our project,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “It simultaneously expands our geographical coverage in Germany and increases our breadth of expertise around tooling automation. These two topics are behind recent growth and activity in OpenChain. We expect to see increasing engagement in the German automotive sector beyond our recent addition of Hella Aglaia to the community of conformance. We also have growing interest in open source tooling for open source compliance, and a growing collaboration between Siemens, Bosch, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Hitachi and others in this area. I believe great things are to come from our expanded relationship with Karsten and the rest of his team at metaeffekt.”

About {metæffekt}

{metæffekt} is a consultancy company located in Heidelberg, Germany providing services in the context of Software Architecture and Continuous Software Development with a very strong, vendor-neutral devotion to automation. One core vision of {metæffekt} is to automate the creation of consistent, comprehensive, high-quality release documentation in compliance to legal boundary condition, regulatory requirements, contract/license terms, and individual company policies. {metæffekt} does not provide any legal advice but connects with partners in a strong network of other disciplines to cover all required aspects.

OpenChain @ Events

OpenChain Featured at CC Global Summit 2019

The OpenChain Project was featured by Haggen So at the Creative Commons Global Summit 2019. He used the project as an example of “Made with Creative Commons” to show how businesses are using open licensing to share information and improve their competitiveness.

The OpenChain Project uses CC-0 licensing for all its reference material. It uses the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY-4.0) license for our specification.

OpenChain at the Asian Legal Network, Shanghai

The OpenChain Project took center stage at the Asian Legal Network study dinner in Shanghai on the 17th of May. This event was focused on the Chinese financial sector with representatives from companies such as Union Pay and AliPay.

The Asian Legal Network events are kindly sponsored by Open Invention Network and provide an opportunity for stakeholders across Asia to network, share information and build new avenues of collaboration.

OpenChain joins Toyota, OIN and Unified Patents on an American Intellectual Property Law Association Webinar

The OpenChain Project is recording an American Intellectual Property Law Association webinar alongside Toyota, OIN and Unified Patents this evening in Tokyo. The core focus of the event will be on open source and defensive patent strategies, and OpenChain’s coverage of adjacent copyright concerns will provide broader context for viewers.

The webinar is provisionally scheduled to air in June as part of the AIPLA regular schedule.

Learn More About AIPLA Webinars

License and Trademarks

Copyright 2019 The Linux Foundation. This newsletter is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0). Please feel free to share it onwards! OpenChain is a trademark of The Linux Foundation. It may be used according to The Linux Foundation Trademark Policy and the OpenChain Terms of Use. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.