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11 March 2010, 13:25

Simon Phipps elected as OSI director

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The Open Source Initiative (OSI) has elected Simon Phipps to the board of directors; Phipps recently left Oracle after serving as Sun's Chief Open Source Officer. He will take up his new position on the OSI board from April 1st. In a blog posting confirming the appointment, Phipps says he is "honoured and delighted" to take up the position on the board of an organisation which "still plays a very important and relevant role in the world of software freedom".

Phipps notes that government and business policies point to the OSI's Open Source Definition as a "gold standard" definition of what open source means and that the OSI still has substantial authority when challenging abusers of the term. He also notes that the OSI has already made changes to how it approves licences in response to criticism that approval was too easy and lead to licence proliferation.

As a director, Phipps hopes to help the organisation change so that it becomes more member-oriented, more active in promoting open source in education, in policy development and possibly in organisational support for open source projects; "My goal as a Director will be to facilitate that change, a change that is already well under way following recent face to face discussions and the great work that Andrew Oliver and Danese Cooper have already put in".

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