Upcoming Industry Talk: Managing the Challenge of Open Source Governance by Martin Helmreich of Bearingpoint Consulting

We will host an industry talk (free and open to the public)

  • by: Martin Helmreich, Bearingpoint Consulting
  • about: Managing the Challenge of Open Source Governance
  • on: 2013-07-10, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: H6, Cauerstr. 5-7
  • as part of: AMOS

Abstract: Tomcat, Android, gcc and BlueZ you probably already heard of or even used in your project – but what about GPL, MPL, AFL, CDDL and EPL? Well, licenses are definitely not the most attractive issue to care about during software development, but nevertheless it’s very important to know whether you have the right to modify or distribute a specific piece of code. The GPL for example allows distribution only if the source code of the whole program is distributed, too. While often no issue in academics (as we always share knowledge), companies usually don’t like to share their code that builds their competitive advantage. So companies face the challenge of balancing benefits against risks of use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). In this talk we will discuss what policies and processes companies set up to manage FOSS effectively and efficiently, and how tools can support this.

Speaker: Since graduating at the Open Source Research Group 2011, Martin Helmreich has been a consultant in the Free & Open Source Software Management practice of BearingPoint.