I’m posting from my volunteer hat as a board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The OSI Board will meet in Washington D.C. during the week of May 6, 2013.The OSI board, which meets in person at least twice per annum, was unanimous in their interest to select D.C. as the location for the Spring 2013 meeting not only as a central location for gathering its geographically diverse board membership, but also as a national and international epicentre of open source policy dialog and debate as well as high-profile implementations within US federal government operations. The board members have extended their agenda to include time for meeting with and sharing their expertise to organizations in the area to further the general goals of OSI’s mission to defend, protect, educate and promote the Open Source Definition and use of standardized licenses. The Board and its members represent a wealth of background in open source licensing issues as well as community best practices. If you’re located in the D.C. area, would your organization like to work with OSI during the week of May 6? Create an event? Participate in a meeting up? Organize an OSS license clinic? Invite a board member to speak at a function? Help clear up some FUD? You can drop in on the public planning wiki .OSI is an International Non-Profit organized as a 501c3 in the US which core activities include stewardship of the Open Source Definition and maintenance of the canonical list of standard open source software licenses. If you’d like to know more about OSI, its mission and activities, please visit opensource.org .
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