Open Source Industry Australia

OSIA is Australia's national Open Source Industry Association. It exists to further the cause of both Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Australia and to support its members to improve their business success in this growing sector of the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market. It also provides authoritive and consistent information about Open Source Software.

OSIA welcomes new board members

The OSIA board is pleased to announce the election at the 2014 AGM of Mr Ryan Cross as a new director (alongside several continuing directors), as well as the appointment at the November 2014 board meeting of Ms Jessica Field and Ms Aimee-Maree Forsstrom as directors.

For a full list of board members during the 2014/15 term, see here.

The board also thanks recently retired directors Mr David Bullock and Mrs Anastasia Kuusk for their valued contributions to OSIA during their respective terms of office.

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OSIA welcomes new Directors

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul Foxworthy, Mrs Anastasia Kuusk, Sir Tim Purcell and Mr Steven Sackett as Directors.

For the remainder of the present term, OSIA's Directors and their portfolios are:

OSIA launches strategic plan and 2nd edition case studies brochure

Following the AGM on 1 November 2013 in Adelaide, OSIA launched two publications.

The second edition of OSIA's Case Studies of Open Source in Australian Industry builds upon the very well received first edition (launched in 2012), adding new case studies from the National Archives and the town of Newstead, Victoria. For further information or to download a copy, see http://www.osia.com.au/drupal7/?q=node/19

OSIA intends to release further expanded editions of the case study brochure

OSIA Survey Analysis

OSIA conducted an online survey of individuals who have an interest in the Open Source software industry in Australia in April 2013. Respondents provided their responses either as sole proprietor / practitioner or as representative of a business organisation.

An analysis of the survey responses can be viewed below.

It consists of:

1. Presentation Slides shown a the AGM on 1 Nov 2013, in Adelaide
2. Analysis of OSIA Survey 2013 Responses : Part 1
3. Analysis of OSIA Survey 2013 Responses : Part 2

Press Release - 8th October 2013

In October, OSIA issued the following Press Release, referring to its recent submission to the Australian Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP).

OSIA's Submission to Australian Advisory Council on Intellectual Property

OSIA has made a submission to the Australian Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) in relation to the review on the Innovation Patent System. OSIA's submissions specifically responded to the Options paper made available by ACIP in August 2013 (and which can be obtained from the ACIP's website)

OSIA's main points are that Innovation Patents should be abolished and that software should be excluded from patentability altogether.

The full text of the submission can be downloaded below. (Read more to see download link if not visible.)

Submission to the Government of Victoria on the eServices Agreement Terms and Conditions

OSIA recently submitted comments to the draft of the eServices Agreement Terms and Conditions made available to it by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation of the Victorian Government. OSIA's comments explicitely address issues regarding the Intellectual Property and Open Source software. OSIA also made general comments about general software engineering issues where it believes that the approach taken may not be in the best interest of the Purchaser (ie: Vic Gov).

Submission to the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

OSIA recently lodged a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade on Australia's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations.

Submission on the ACARA consultation draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies document

OSIA recently submitted a response to the draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies, released by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority). While OSIA takes much comfort in a lot of aspects of the draft curriculum, it however holds some concerns regarding the stated aims. The full text of the response can be downloaded below. (Read more to see download link if not visible.)

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