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 (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.

From today Shane Coughlan will act as an Advisor to the newly formed Copyright Office at the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture.

He will assist with the development of processes, issue resolution methods and integration with the international market.  One of his key activities will be building and managing communication with an international team of legal experts to contribute impartial, practical knowledge about Copyright, transaction management and cultural wealth.

For more information about Opendawn’s services in the area of project management, process development and governmental policy please contact us.

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