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Open Source Initiative affiliates announced at FOSDEM

The H Open - Open Source Initiative (OSI) board member Simon Phipps has announced a group of affiliate organisations who will be providing advice to the OSI as it reforms itself from a self appointed board-based organisation eventually to a member-based organisation. The affiliates, announced during Phipps' presentation at FOSDEM in Brussels, are the Apache Software Foundation, Creative Commons, Drupal, the Eclipse Foundation, FreeBSD, Joomla (via Open Source Matters), KDE, the Linux Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, Plone, Sahana and Wikiotics. The OSI is also undertaking an anonymous survey to gauge what a future personal membership of the OSI should mean in practice.

Delegates of the affiliates will be coming together first to finalise an affiliate agreement for the OSI; from then, the OSI board will seek and consider advice from those affiliates. Phipps explained that this process will allow the OSI to move into a transitory phase which could see the organisation operating on new bylaws by as soon as 2013, but in all likelihood, 2014.