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 LWN.net.

“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 LWN.net.

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 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: info@shimane-oss.org

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

Shane Coughlan will attend the Japan Linux Symposium between the 21st and 23rd of October.  The Symposium will be based at the Akihabara Convention Hall and is hosted by the Linux Foundation.  Speakers will include Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Yukihiro Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby.  A talk that promises to be especially interesting is ‘How to Contribute to the Linux Kernel and Why It Makes Economic Sense‘ by James Bottomley of Novell.

Shane will speak at OSC Kochi between 13:00 and 13:45 on Saturday the 14th of November. Details of his speech are below in Japanese and English.  The speech will be in English with Japanese simultaneous translation.

Title:
‘Practical Economic Engagement with Free and Open Source Software’

Contents:
This talk will explain how Free and Open Source Software works, how it can be categorized and how to use it for economic gain. It will focus on the addition of FOSS to commercial relationships, managing commercial/non-commercial cooperation, building useful international bridges and resolving any issues that might occur.

Audience:
The talk will be useful for senior developers, project managers, business decision-makers and lawyers dealing with FOSS transactions.

Name:
Shane Martin Coughlan

Biography:
“Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication methods and business development. He is best known for building bridges between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders in the technology sector. His professional accomplishments include establishing a legal department for the main NGO promoting Free Software in Europe, building a European legal network with over 200 corporate counsel, independent counsel, and technical experts across 27 countries, and aligning corporate and community interests to launch the first law review dedicated to Free/Open Source Software.

Shane has extensive knowledge of Internet technologies, management best practice, community building and Free/Open Source Software. His experience includes engagement with the server, desktop, embedded and mobile telecommunication industries. He does business in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and maintains a broad network of contacts.”

題名:
’フリー&オープンソースソフトウェアの実用的経済関与’

内容:
この講演ではフリー&オープンソースソフトウェアがどのように機能し、どのように分類することができるかまた経済利益をもたらすためにどのように使用するかを説明します。そして、フリー&オープンソースソフトウェアの製品化、営利・非営利間の連携管理、 有益な国際的つながりの構築、予測される問題の解決に役立てるかに重点を置いてお話します。

観客:
今回の講演は上級開発者、プロジェクトマネージャー、ビジネス意思決定者やフリー&オープンソースソフトウェアの商取引に携わる弁護士に役に立つ内容で
す。

名前:
シェーン マーティン コークラン

経歴:
“私はコミュニケーション方法と事業開発の専門家であり、テクノロジー分野の営利目的の利害関係者と非営利の利害関係者との架け橋役としてよく知られています。専門的な業績としてはヨーロッパでフリーソフトウェアを奨励している主となるNGOの法務部門を設立し、200人以上の法人弁護士、独立した弁護士そしてテクニカルエキスパートから成るヨーロッパの法的ネットワークを築いたこ
とです。このネットワークは、27カ国にわたっており、フリー・オープンソースソフトウェアのための最初の法律の見直しをするために企業と利害関係者との連携を図っています。

また、IT、最良実践管理やコミュニティービルダー、そしてフリー・オープンソースソフトウェアに関する豊富な知識を持っています。そして、その経験は、サーバーやデスクトップ、組込みやモバイル式テレコミュニケーション業界も含みます。またヨーロッパ、アジアと南北アメリカでビジネスを行い、幅広い人的ネットワークを保持しています。”

Contact information/連絡先情報:
Tel: 090 9774 2404
Email: shane@opendawn.com

Shane will speak at OSC Tokyo between 10:15 and 11:00 on Friday the 30th October. Details of his speech are below in Japanese and English.  The speech will be in English with Japanese simultaneous translation.

Title:
‘Practical Economic Engagement with Free and Open Source Software’

Contents:
This talk will explain how Free and Open Source Software works, how it can be categorized and how to use it for economic gain. It will focus on the addition of FOSS to commercial relationships, managing commercial/non-commercial cooperation, building useful international bridges and resolving any issues that might occur.

Audience:
The talk will be useful for senior developers, project managers, business decision-makers and lawyers dealing with FOSS transactions.

Name:
Shane Martin Coughlan

Biography:
“Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication methods and business development. He is best known for building bridges between commercial and non-commercial stakeholders in the technology sector. His professional accomplishments include establishing a legal department for the main NGO promoting Free Software in Europe, building a European legal network with over 200 corporate counsel, independent counsel, and technical experts across 27 countries, and aligning corporate and community interests to launch the first law review dedicated to Free/Open Source Software.

Shane has extensive knowledge of Internet technologies, management best practice, community building and Free/Open Source Software. His experience includes engagement with the server, desktop, embedded and mobile telecommunication industries. He does business in Europe, Asia and the Americas, and maintains a broad network of contacts.”

題名:
’フリー&オープンソースソフトウェアの実用的経済関与’

内容:
この講演ではフリー&オープンソースソフトウェアがどのように機能し、どのように分類することができるかまた経済利益をもたらすためにどのように使用するかを説明します。そして、フリー&オープンソースソフトウェアの製品化、営利・非営利間の連携管理、 有益な国際的つながりの構築、予測される問題の解決に役立てるかに重点を置いてお話します。

観客:
今回の講演は上級開発者、プロジェクトマネージャー、ビジネス意思決定者やフリー&オープンソースソフトウェアの商取引に携わる弁護士に役に立つ内容で
す。

名前:
シェーン マーティン コークラン

経歴:
“私はコミュニケーション方法と事業開発の専門家であり、テクノロジー分野の営利目的の利害関係者と非営利の利害関係者との架け橋役としてよく知られています。専門的な業績としてはヨーロッパでフリーソフトウェアを奨励している主となるNGOの法務部門を設立し、200人以上の法人弁護士、独立した弁護士そしてテクニカルエキスパートから成るヨーロッパの法的ネットワークを築いたこ
とです。このネットワークは、27カ国にわたっており、フリー・オープンソースソフトウェアのための最初の法律の見直しをするために企業と利害関係者との連携を図っています。

また、IT、最良実践管理やコミュニティービルダー、そしてフリー・オープンソースソフトウェアに関する豊富な知識を持っています。そして、その経験は、サーバーやデスクトップ、組込みやモバイル式テレコミュニケーション業界も含みます。またヨーロッパ、アジアと南北アメリカでビジネスを行い、幅広い人的ネットワークを保持しています。”

Contact information/連絡先情報:
Tel: 090 9774 2404
Email: shane@opendawn.com

Shane Coughlan (Opendawn) and Andrew Katz (Moorcrofts) have published an article entitled ‘Introducing the Risk Grid‘ in the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review.  The risk grid is a tool to assist lawyers allocate risk in commercial transactions involving Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), and is an outcome of the European Legal Network’s special interest group on the commercial procurement of FOSS.  This article and the accompanying version of the risk grid mark the public release of the tool, the first of its kind in the FOSS market.

Obtaining the article and the risk grid:

The article can be viewed as a webpage or downloaded as a PDF.  The risk grid itself is available as a PDF or OpenOffice.org spreadsheet.

Licensing information:

The article is Copyright © 2009 Andrew Katz and Shane Coughlan. This paper is licensed under a Creative Commons UK (England and Wales) 2.0 licence, no derivative works, attribution, CC-BY-ND. As a special exception, the authors expressly permit faithful translations of the entirety of this paper  into any language, provided that the resulting translation (which may include an attribution to the translator) is shared alike. This paragraph is part of the paper and must be included when copying or translating the paper.

The risk grid is Copyright © 2009 Andrew Katz, Amanda Brock, Malcolm Bain. It is licensed under a Creative Commons UK (England and Wales) 2.0 licence, no derivative works, attribution, CC-BY-ND. As a special exception, the authors expressly permit faithful translations of the entire document into any language, provided that the resulting translation (which may include an attribution to the translator) is shared alike. The wording in column E of the Risk Grid (“Sample Wording”) may be used for any purpose, without restriction, and without attribution. This paragraph is part of the Risk Grid, and must be included when copying or translating the Risk Grid.

Shane Coughlan has become the Asia Representative of OpenForum Europe.  He is charged with the development of contacts and opportunities for OFE in the Asian region.

He will focus on examining and mapping the market dynamics in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan and providing advocacy for OFE projects and goals at conferences and meetings. He will also contribute directly to OFE special interest groups and initiatives when required.

For more information about expanding an NGO into Asia and Opendawn’s services in this area please contact us.

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