The vibrant Open Source Ecosystem

It takes a complete ecosystem of communities, vendors, developers and government policy makers to support and nourish an open source project. In this time and date we are fortunate to have many such open source initiatives thriving. If you are in need of any please see below:


18F: Digital service delivery 18F partners with agencies to improve the user experience of government services by helping them build and buy technology.
OSS Watch OSS Watch provides unbiased advice and guidance on the use, development, and licensing of free software, Open Source software, and Open Source hardware.


Code.gov "is a program and technical platform that provides tools and guidance to help federal agencies implement the Federal Source Code Policy (FSCP)"
The CIO Council "is a forum of Federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs) with the goal to improve IT practices across U.S. Government agencies."
Open Source Observatory "serves as a place where the Open Source software community can come together to publish news, find out about events, find relevant Open Source software solutions and read about the use of free and open source in public administrations across and beyond Europe."
Open Source Policy Center "incubate Open Source models and share new tools, events, and resources for simulating policy outcomes."

Foundations and Communities

Linux Foundation
The Mozilla Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting) "is a non-commercial, volunteer-organized European event centered on free and open-source software development."
OpenBSD Foundation "The OpenBSD Foundation is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation which exists to support OpenBSD and related projects such as OpenSSH, OpenBGPD, OpenNTPD, OpenSMTPD, LibreSSL, mandoc and rpki-client."
Free Software Foundation Europe "helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination."
GNOME Foundation "While the many GNOME contributors develop code, smash bugs, write documentation, and help users, the Foundation acts as a guiding hand in the process and provides resources and infrastructure."
OpenJS Foundation "By creating a center of gravity for the Open Source JavaScript ecosystem, the OpenJS Foundation’s mission is to drive broad adoption and ongoing development of key JavaScript solutions and related technologies."
Open Power Foundation "Through the growing open ecosystem of the POWER Architecture and its associated technologies, the OpenPOWER Foundation facilitates its members to share expertise, investment and intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of all end users."
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) "a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. The FSF sponsors the GNU Project—the ongoing effort to provide a complete operating system licensed as free software."
Apereo Foundation "provide Open Source software to address higher education's top IT issues".
Meta Open Source - Facebook Empowering diverse communities through Open Source technology.
National Resource Centre For Free/Open Source Software "aims to contribute to the growth of FOSS in India through Research and Development, Human Resource Development, Networking and Entrepreneurship Development".
Open Source Security Foundation "is committed to collaboration and working both upstream and with existing communities to advance Open Source security for all."
The IEEE Standards Association "a global institute of engineers to support Open Source projects".
Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) "is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to foster the use of geospatial technology and data."
NumFOCUS is a non-profit organization supporting numerous open-source projects in support of an inclusive scientific and research community making impactful discoveries for a better world.
Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) "aims to foster technological knowledge and encourage research that is accessible, collaborative and respects user freedom."
OSU Open Source Lab "The Open Source Lab is a nonprofit organization working for the advancement of Open Source technologies."


Open Source Initiative defines licenses and standards for Open Source projects.
choosealicense.com provides license guide.

Other projects sharing and supporting Open Source initiatives

Microsoft - Microsoft is proud to support amazing Open Source projects, initiatives, foundations, and contribute to thousands of Open Source communities on GitHub and beyond.
Fastly "Through their Open Source and Nonprofit Program they provide free services for nonprofit organizations and projects (as well as using open source themselves) — and are always looking to support more initiatives."
FOSSA "FOSSA's flagship product helps teams track the open source used in their code and automate license scanning and compliance".
OpenProcurement "is an Open Source toolkit, designed specifically for procurement of goods and services on behalf of public authorities or private entities."
Open Source at Apple - "Apple works with developers around the world to create, contribute, and release Open Source code."
Open Source @ IBM
Carahsoft "is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government."

Journals and news

The journal of Open Source Software (JOSS) "is an academic journal (ISSN 2475-9066) with a formal peer review process that is designed to improve the quality of the software submitted."
Opensource.com is a premier, daily publication focused on open source and Linux tutorials, stories, and resources.
Opensource.guide are a collection of resources for individuals, communities, and companies who want to learn how to run and contribute to an Open Source project.
Open Access Government is a digital publication that provides an in-depth perspective on key public policy areas from all around the world, including health and social care, COVID-19, research and innovation, technology, government, environment and energy.