I'm pleased to announce a major step in the development of the OSI. As our new General Manager, I'd like to take a few moments to introduce myself, and also provide a bit more information about both the new GM role itself, as well as some of the new programs identified by the OSI Board of Directors to extend and enable our mission.
First, I must say how honored, humbled and excited I am to join the OSI community in our mission, to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source, and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. While the OSI is recognized around the globe as the stewards of the Open Source Definition and the authority on open source licenses, it is the open source community—all of you—that truly drives development, promotes adoption and encourages participation. It is my sincere desire, and my highest priority, to meaningfully contribute to and promote your efforts in my new role as GM.
I also want to thank the current Board of Directors for their trust in inviting me to join the organization, as well as all of the OSI's previous Directors who have so passionately contributed ideas and ideals throughout the years—establishing the foundation for the reputation and credibility the OSI enjoys today.
Most importantly, I want to acknowledge the new, and growing, OSI membership—the individuals, affiliates and corporate patrons. It was just in June of last year that the OSI Board of Directors outlined a plan to transition from an all volunteer, to a membership-driven organization: and response from the open source community has been inspiring. As the new GM (and an OSI member myself) one of the most exciting aspects moving forward will be engaging with and working among the membership to: define areas of interest; help direct OSI activities, and; empower working groups to drive development. Indeed, I am hoping the OSI itself can operate like an open source project.
As far as my background, I have spent the past 25 years working in various roles within higher education and technology: first as a Programmer Analyst at UCLA, and most recently, serving as the Chief Technology Officer for UMassOnline within the UMass Office of the President. Throughout my career I have actively promoted the awareness and adoption of, as well as participation in, open source software communities and particularly the values of the Open Source Initiative.
Over the next few months I, with the help of the Board, will be reaching out to the OSI community to not only introduce the various initiatives we feel will increase the OSI's profile, influence and participation as a membership organization promoting the awareness and adoption of open source, but also increase our members network (i.e. your contacts, collaborations and communities) of like-minded peers to promote their (i.e. your) own interests, projects and activities. These include:
Of course, I have much, much to learn about not only the OSI's current interests and activities, but most importantly, the dedicated community of practice who makes everything we do possible, and without whom the OSI could not be, or continue on as, the globally recognized and respected institution it is in defining technology development and use.
Again, I am thrilled and thankful to take on this new role and I sincerely thank you for your ongoing interest in, and participation with, the OSI—I look forward to working with you. Please feel free to contact me directly, I am very interested to hear your thoughts and ideas.Thank you
Newly Appointed General Manager Patrick Masson Joins OSI from University of Massachusetts
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced today that it has appointed Patrick Masson as General Manager effective November 8, 2013. Masson is the organization's first full-time management appointment in its fifteen year history. His hiring will support and supplement the organization's volunteer community.
“Patrick’s accomplishments within the educational tech community, organizational experience and passion for advocacy of open source make him a solid match for the job” said Deborah Bryant, OSI board director who led the board’s search to fill the position. “The hiring of a general manager signals the board's deep commitment carrying out the non-profit's mission".
Patrick Masson joins the Open Source Initiative after working for twenty years within higher education, most recently serving as the chief technology officer for the University of Massachusetts' online learning provider, UMassOnline.
“I am very excited—and quite humbled—to join the Open Source Initiative as its general manager” said Masson. “The OSI has been fundamental in, not only the advocation and defense of open source as a development and licensing model, but also its adoption by both software communities and end-users. I am very excited, and feel quite fortunate, to come on board at a time of renewed focus within the organization, helping to extend the OSI's value proposition, while increasing opportunities for participation across the open source community for both individual participants as well as the organizations we serve.”
Masson has also held positions as chief information officer at The State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi, director of technology for the SUNY Learning Network, and director of the UCLA Media Lab. He has worked in various roles to raise the awareness and adoption of open source across the higher education sector, including as a board member of the Jasig Foundation; Project Incubation Committee Member for the Apereo Foundation; co-chair of EDUCAUSE's Openness Constituent Group; founder of the 2-3-98 Project, and; "SIG Master" for NERCOMP's Open Source in Higher Education Special Interest Group.
About OSI: The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. OSI is the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving open source licenses. OSI’s mission is global in scope, and was formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. More information can be found on OSI’s web site at opensource.org.
OSI recently held its first election for a director selected by its new Individual Membership. From a very strong field of candidates, a clear majority of Individual Members expressed preference for Richard Fontana to be elected as OSI's newest Director.
Now working at Red Hat, Richard was counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center where he represented a number of nonprofit clients, principally the Free Software Foundation. He is perhaps best known for his work on the drafting of GPLv3, LGPLv3 and AGPLv3 with Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen. He brings great experience of the practicalities of open source and the Board are delighted to welcome Richard as its newest member.
The OSI Board extends congratulations to Richard M Stallman on his induction into the Internet Hall of Fame. His work with the GNU Project and the various forms of the General Public License has been a key force in the evolution of Free and Open Source software and he has been an inspiration. We also congratulate the other inductees on the recognition of their contribution to the Internet.