Submitted by coar on Wed, 2007-02-07 14:48. ::

When it was formed in 1998, the OSI consisted of a small number of dedicated individuals with a shared aim of furthering the goals of open software. Although the composition of this board of directors changed over the years, it wasn't until 2005 that the size was increased from 5 to 9, and actively began expanding the organisation's focus beyond licence evaluation.

Also in 2005 several initiatives were identified, among them this one: to investigate the feasibility of changing the OSI to be a broad-based membership organisation.

That's what this forum is all about: should OSI become member-based? If so, who can be a member? How does a member benefit by being a member? What about membership tiers, and corporate membershipd? Who's the actual target demographic for the OSI? Developers? End-users? Commercial repackagers and integrators?

These are all issues to be investigated in this forum.