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OpenChain UK Work Group Launches in July

The OpenChain Work Group is being launched in the UK with its first meeting taking place virtually on 23 July from 14:00 – 17:00 BST.

Curated by OpenChain partners Orcro Limited with the support of world-leading semiconductor IP company Arm and in collaboration with the Linux Foundation’s OpenChain Project, the purpose of the group is to establish the programme for OpenChain adoption, education and roll-out in the UK, in readiness for OpenChain’s imminent release as an official ISO standard later this year.

The inaugural UK meeting, which follows the path of successful OpenChain work groups established in China, Japan, Germany, Korea, India and Taiwan, will feature an introduction from Shane Coughlan who leads the OpenChain project at the Linux Foundation. Andrew Katz (Orcro) and Sami Atabani (Arm) will share their experiences of OpenChain implementation in the real world.

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • OpenChain Project and OpenChain as an ISO standard – Shane Coughlan
  • OpenChain, an introduction: reducing risk and friction in the supply chain – Andrew Katz (Orcro)
  • The path to open source licence compliance – Sami Atabani (Arm)
  • How to sell OpenChain to the board
  • The OpenChain UK Work Group: next steps, terms of reference.

The meeting is free of charge, and is open to anyone (whether in the UK or otherwise) interested in finding out more about why companies as diverse as Arm, Google, Scania, Hitachi Data Systems, Toyota, Facebook, Uber and Microsoft are embracing OpenChain, as well as smaller companies like B2M Solutions and NewRoCo.

Andrew Katz, Joint Managing Partner of Moorcrofts, CEO of Orcro Limited and Chair of the OpenChain UK Work Group, said: “With a stellar roster of international businesses adopting the OpenChain framework for Open Source compliance and seeing the benefits of adopting best-practice – helping business teams work together towards a common goal, making Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) more accessible to developers and reducing overall compliance effort, saving time, legal and engineering resources, it makes sense to unify and freely share this work, and help to embed it into the UK’s software development culture.

“By establishing the OpenChain UK Work Group, we believe it will help developers’ and organisations’ journey through open source compliance by providing a practical and accessible platform for anyone in the UK to quickly sync, share information and save time across all aspects of open source compliance.”

The OpenChain UK Work Group is open to all but will be of particular interest to developers, engineers and compliance experts working with open source. It will kick-off with the meeting in July and the proposal is to have subsequent meetings bi-monthly.

Book Now

To reserve your place on the virtual meeting, on 23 July from 14:00 – 17:00 BST, please complete the booking form HERE.