greenbonelogoToday Opendawn is pleased to announce our new sales partnership with Greenbone Networks GmbH. We will be working with Greenbone to bring the Greenbone Security Manager (GSM) and associated Greenbone Security Feed to the Japanese market.  The Greenbone scan engine helps detect known and potential security vulnerabilities across a broad range of deployed IT infrastructure systems.  It can be leveraged to protect everything from desktops to servers to intelligent components like routers.

“Working with Greenbone is an excellent opportunity to expand the portfolio of services that Opendawn offers,” says Shane Coughlan, General Manager at Opendawn. “This is an exciting opportunity for two young companies to help raise the bar on the availability of FOSS security solutions in the market. I have no doubt that Greenbone’s innovative products will provide significant value for Japanese customers.”

You can find out more about Greenbone, its management team and their solutions by visiting their site, or you can contact Opendawn to talk about how Greenbone’s security products can improve your company infrastructure.

Today Opendawn is proud to release three new tools to assist with project governance. The first is a library of links covering everything from process development through to politics. The second is a tool to help people explore licensing options when starting their own project. The third is a tool to help people locate experts around the world.

Discussing the release Shane Coughlan, Opendawn’s CEO, said:

Free and Open Source Software is about sharing.  The idea is that by working together everyone benefits.  This concept does not stop with code.  For businesses there is also value in sharing best practice information to raise the bar on the market as a whole.

At Opendawn we understand this.  We’ve been working in this field for a while, and we have seen open collaboration drive forward solutions to complex issues time and time again.  Sharing has contributed to our bottom line through direct resources, establishing new relationships, and by providing us with fresh perspectives.

These tools are part of Opendawn’s contribution back to the community and are part of the same program that lead us to become an Associate Partner of FOSSbazaar.  As Shane said, “There is more to come.”  Watch this space.

Opendawn is proud to announce that we have become an Associate Partner of FOSSbazaar, joining organizations like BT, Hewlett-Packard, Linux Foundation, Novell, Black Duck Software and Olliance Group in promoting better FOSS governance

FOSSBazaar is an open community that was launched by HP and our founding partners Coverity, DLA Piper, Google, the Linux Foundation, Novell, Olliance Group, OpenLogic and SourceForge. As a workgroup of the Linux Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations across the enterprise to understand the issues that exist with free and open source software (FOSS), the processes that can assist to properly govern the implementation and deployment of FOSS, and the tools that can be used to assist these efforts across the lifecycle of an open source project. The vision of FOSSBazaar is to serve as a gathering place to discuss, explore, share experiences and cooperatively solve issues related to FOSS governance. As such, the site serves the open source community as a forum representative of open source users and providers worldwide.

Over the next few months we will contribute material to FOSSbazaar and assist in developing new best practice information for the community.  You can follow our progress on Shane Coughlan’s blog or through FOSSbazaar’s RSS feed.  Our work in this project will be an open dialogue, so if you have suggestions for useful governance material you want to see available just let us know.

Shane Coughlan delivered a speech entitled ‘Practical Economic Engagement with Free and Open Source Software’ at OSC Kochi between 13:00 and 13:45 on Saturday the 14th of November. Details of his speech are available here.

This was Opendawn’s first opportunity to meet developers and FOSS enthusiasts from the island of Shikoku, and it was with great pleasure that we contributed to the first OSC held in this region by  Experts from Shimane, Kagawa and Tokyo were all present to share their views on what’s important in FOSS today.

For more information about code governance, how companies can adhere to FOSS requirements, and Opendawn’s services in this area please contact us.

Opendawn is proud to announce the immediate availability of a new free resource for Free/Open Source Software professionals. Today sees the launch of the FOSS library, a comprehensive listing of material covering everything from FOSS licensing to code governance to issue resolution.  This library will be updated and expanded over the coming months, and suggestions for additional listings or improvements are welcome.

For more information about FOSS resources and Opendawn’s services in this area please contact us.

Shane Coughlan delivered a speech entitled ‘Practical Economic Engagement with Free and Open Source Software’ at OSC Tokyo between 10:15 and 11:00 on Friday the 30th October. Details of his speech are available here.

The speech was well-attended and was followed by a series of private meetings.  This marked Opendawn’s first major engagement with the Japanese developer community, and provided an opportunity to build bridges between Eastern and Western experts.  Of particular interest was the IPA’s work in sponsoring new development, the research being made available by AIST, and the governance activities being undertaken by large telecommunication corporations.

For more information about code governance, how companies can adhere to FOSS requirements, and Opendawn’s services in this area please contact us.

Shane Coughlan (Opendawn) and Armijn Hemel (Loohuis Consulting) published an article on

“Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) allows all stakeholders to use, study, share and improve code for commercial or non-commercial reasons. However, engagement can still appear daunting to companies. They are monetizing other people’s creations, and, with the high economic value of FOSS, making a mistake is less easily forgiven than it might be in non-commercial circumstances.

Fortunately, there is a substantial body of documentation available to help commercial stakeholders learn how FOSS licenses work, how to communicate effectively to resolve issues, and how to understand what expectations might exist beyond simple legal requirements. There are also several organizations acting as neutral educators dedicated to licensing, development, and governance issues.

You can read the full text on

For more information about code governance, how companies can adhere to FOSS requirements, and Opendawn’s services in this area please contact us.

Shane Coughlan produced a review of the WIPO WCT and WPPT copyright treaties for Yeshey Lham at the Intellectual Property Division (IPD) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Kingdom of Bhutan.  This review was focused on the implication of the treaties for Information Technology and the emerging Information Society.

For more information about the relationship between copyright, Information Technology and Information Society, and Opendawn’s services in this area, please contact us.

Shane Coughlan will deliver a speech entitled “Practical Economic Engagement with Free and Open Source Software” to the Ruby City Matsue Project between 18:30 and 20:30 on the 16th of October.   This is with the kind invitation of Professor Noda on behalf of OSS Shimane Council.

More information is available from:
OSS Shimane Council Secretariat
Network Applied Communication Laboratory, Matsue 478-18 Terrsa 2nd Floor Annex, Matsue, Asahi-cho, 690-0003, Japan.
TEL: +81 (0) 852-28-9298 / E-Mail:

For more information about the economics of FOSS, its practical application and Opendawn’s services in this area please contact us.

From today Shane Coughlan will act as Senior Advisor to Free Software Foundation Europe’s legal department and the associated European Legal Network.

His role will encompass the development of a growth strategy for the department and network, identification of external supporters for these services for FSFE’s permanent staff, and representing the organization towards donors, at industry events, public meetings and private functions.

For more information about Opendawn’s services in the area of FOSS strategy planning, network development and organizational representation please contact us.

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