Professor Tony Wasserman Elected to Board of Open Source Initiative-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Tony Wasserman Elected to Board of Open Source Initiative-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Tony Wasserman Elected to Board of Open Source Initiative

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit corporation best known for its review and approval of open source software licenses. Dr. Tony Wasserman, Professor of Software Management Practice and Executive Director of the Center for Open Source Investigation at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, was one of three people recently elected to a three-year term on the OSI Board, effective April 1st.

“The Open Source Software (OSS) ecosystem has changed drastically since the OSI was formed. Ten, even five, years ago, there was little explicit commercial or government adoption of open source software. Just as some people and organizations strongly advocated the use of OSS, others raised concerns that limited adoption. Today, the situation is very different. We're quickly moving past the "religious" arguments for OSS to a situation where OSS is considered alongside proprietary alternatives. Not only has OSS matured in quality in support, but many government and corporate IT decision-makers have shifted their focus to finding the software that best meets their needs,” says Wasserman.

“As I talk to organizations that have relied primarily on proprietary solutions, it's often easiest to get them to try one or two open source products in a non-critical setting. As they do so, they are discovering the high quality and the cost advantages of OSS. In addition, startups and small businesses are building their IT infrastructures on open source software, often on hosted servers or in the cloud. These organizations, as well as many of the world's largest corporations, are running business-critical applications on OSS, and thus are placing increased demands for service and support for this OSS software. There's a huge opportunity for OSS experts to provide these services and to educate people about OSS and specific products. Personally, I'm hoping that the OSI can be an important contributor to this ongoing growth and acceptance of OSS. OSI has been a leader in maintaining the Open Source Definition and in approving Open Source licenses. But the mission of the OSI is ‘to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open-source community’.”

“The OSI mission is at the heart of my longstanding interest in OSS. I'd like to see us build a stronger community among the thousands of people who visit the OSI website every day. I'm already starting to work on educational programs aimed at the various audiences for OSS. I'm looking forward to my term on the OSI Board.”

Dr. Wasserman is very active in the international open source research community, and served as General Chair of the 2009 Int'l. Conf. on Open Source Systems. He is on the Board of Advisors of Open Source for America, and was co-founder of the Business Readiness Rating project, aimed at helping companies evaluate open source software. Tony has taught a course on open source at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley since 2006. Much of the content of the 2010 class can be found at http://oss.sv.cmu.edu.