Open Source Initiative Announces New Partnership with Software Liberty Association Taiwan
The Software Liberty Association Taiwan joins long list of Open Source Initiative Affiliate Members and growing representation in Asia.
By: Open Source Initiative
Critical to both the OSI's and open source projects' success is, as stated in the OSI mission, "building bridges between communities."
"We're thrilled to have SLAT join us in our work to advance Open Source Software and foster open source development,"
"We found a blue ocean in the world of FOSS," said Franklin Weng, former SLAT president and current executive director. "Many educational applications simply aren't profitable enough for proprietary vendors to invest in however are vital to students and schools . FOSS plays a critical role in educational software: programs like Kanagram, Geogebra, GCompris, Kalzium, Stellarium, and Kmplot, covering all kinds of subjects, and making education accessible. Everyone, every kid, no matter rich or not, elite or not, they all can use these resources in their learning."
In 2015, SLAT launched the Software Liberation Movement, The goal, "explain to people that they have the freedom to choose whatever software tools they need according to their real-world requirements,"
Most recently SLAT has begun promotion of "Public Money Public Code" in Taiwan. Such policies require that publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence. "If it is public money, it should be public code as well." Again Weng, "OSI and SLAT are both committed to educating people about open source -- its spirit and value. The OSI reviews and certifies open source licenses, which we think is very important, clearly identifying what is open source. It's very important developers in Taiwan use OSI approved open source licenses. We're very happy to join OSI as an Affiliate Member to, together, support initiatives like the Software Liberation Movement, and Public Money Public Code."
The OSI Affiliate Member Program is available at no-cost to nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies that support the OSI's mission to promote and protect open source software. As the steward of the Open Source Definition certifying Open Source Software Licenses, by establishing such certification as the standard for open source software development and distribution, and with the support of our Affiliate Membership, the OSI has become a cornerstone of software freedom.
About Software Liberty Association Taiwan
Founded on April 8, 2001, the Software Liberty Association (SLAT) is dedicated to serving the free and open source community, promoting free software and open source applications to promote community growth.To learn more about SLAT, visit: https://slat.org/
About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition, and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement. The OSI is a public charity with global vision based in California. For more information about the OSI, please see https://opensource.org .
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