Open Source Initiative Launches New Free Membership Level, Opens 2022 OSS Usage Survey

Open Source Initiative, the organization that stewards the Open Source Definition, has launched a new survey on the usage of open source, in collaboration with OpenLogic by Perforce. The survey takes a broad look at the trends and challenges organizations and users experience when adopting open source software today.

“In the 2022 State of Open Source Survey, OpenLogic and OSI will gather information about the use of open source software, the level of open source maturity and strategy within organizations, and the larger trends shaping the open source ecosystem,” OpenLogic OSS Evangelist Javier Perez said.

The survey takes approximately 7-10 minutes and is applicable to users at every level. A few of the questions are aimed at gauging participants’ reservations about using open source software, which should yield some interesting results. It also asks about support challenges and reasons for adopting specific open source technologies.

As a small incentive, participants can enter an email address at the end for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card. The survey will close January 7, 2022, and the results will be published in the 2022 State of Open Source report at the end of January. This information will help OSI continue to be an advocate for a healthy open source ecosystem.

The organization has also recently launched a new, free membership level with limited capabilities.

“Not everyone can provide financial support, but we want your participation, too!” OSI’s newly appointed Executive Director Stefano Maffulli said at launch. “Voting privileges are not included at this level, but you do receive the cool digital member badge to show your support of OSI.”

New signups will receive an email with discounts on open source technology courses and open source hardware manufacturers, and a link to a membership page with a script that generates a unique digital badge.

Full membership costs $40 per year and includes voting rights to influence OSI’s programs. Launching a free membership level on top of this is a strategic move for the Open Source Initiative that allows the organization to solidify its supporters and periodically appeal for financial support across a wider base.

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