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OpenChain Project WIKI

The OpenChain Project focuses on identifying common best practices in compliance programs that should be applied across a supply chain for efficient and effective compliance with open source licenses.

This WIKI is the working area for the project teams.

The project website can be found at

Mailing List

The OpenChain Project holds most of its discussions on a mailing list. You can sign up for the mailing list here:

Bi-Weekly Meetings

The OpenChain Project Work Teams meet on the first and third Monday of each month:

  • The call on the first Monday is intended for US/Europe attendees and takes place at 4pm UTC. This currently translates to 9am PST, 12pm EST and 4pm GMT (content focused on Specification and Certification).
  • The call on the third Monday is intended for APAC/US attendees and takes place at 12am UTC. This currently translates to 5pm PST, 8pm EST and the following day at 9am JST, 8am China (content focused on Specification and Curriculum).

The conference call information is below:

UberConference URL: Conference Audio Number: +1 855-889-3011

For international call instructions, please visit the URL below. Please note you will have to enter the US Conference number (855-889-3011) as part of the instructions:

Information from past meetings can be found at: Meeting Materials and Minutes

1) OpenChain Specification

The OpenChain Specification is available for everyone to review, adopt and to submit suggestions for improvement. You can send questions and feedback to the mailing list ( or the Specification Team Chair, Mark Gisi ( if you prefer to provide comments anonymously.

OpenChain Specification 1.1

The specification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found here: Spec FAQs

Latest Draft

We recently released version 1.1 of specification and therefore there currently is no draft of the next version available yet.

Contributing to the Spec

Please read the Spec FAQs before contributing. This will provide insight into the principles that have guided past decisions: Spec FAQs

Feedback on the current version of the spec can be submitted via Jira at:


Multiple language translations of the specification greatly facilitate adoption. We have a policy document describing the process needed to i) facilitate the creation of official translations and ii) preserve the accuracy and completeness of the specification. Details of of the policy and process are available on the following wiki page

2) OpenChain Curriculum

The OpenChain Curriculum is designed to help organizations meet the training and process requirements of the OpenChain Specification. Release 2 of the slides is available now under CC-0 licensing to allow everyone to use, study, share and improve the material.

The OpenChain Curriculum reference slides are available in several formats:

We also have a Korean translation of the Release 1 slides from November 2016 available in PDF and PowerPoint format:

There is a Frequently Asked Questions page explaining the OpenChain Curriculum in more detail here:

The OpenChain Curriculum is actively developed and has a dedicated page.

3) OpenChain Conformance

The OpenChain Conformance Work Team is designed to assess an organization's status of conformance with a specific version of the OpenChain Specification. You can direct questions and feedback to the mailing list ( or the Conformance Team Chair, Miriam Ballhausen ( if you prefer to provide comments anonymously.

We provide an Online Self-Certification Web App alongside OpenChain Specification 1.1. Everyone who uses the Online Self-Certification and successfully passes will be automatically added to the list of Conformant Organizations.

You can also conform manually using the OpenChain Conformance Handbook for OpenChain Specification 1.1.

If you are seeking the manual Conformance guide for OpenChain Specification 1.0 you can find it here: OpenChain Conformance Handbook for OpenChain Specification 1.0

4) OpenChain Onboarding

The OpenChain Onboarding Work Team is designed to help organizations of all sizes engage with the OpenChain Project. You can direct questions and feedback to the mailing list ( or the Onboarding Team Chair, Nathan Kumagai ( if you prefer to provide comments anonymously.

Frequently Asked Questions

Policies and Processes

The OpenChain Project has a series of policies and processes to help guide the development of each Work Team and the project as a whole. You can access and contribute to our policies and processes here:


All contributions to OpenChain are made under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal license.

Logo and Presentation Template

Available upon request. Please send a request to the email list with an appropriate description of your intended use.

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