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World of Open Source: Europe Spotlight 2022

World of Open Source: Europe Spotlight 2022 explores the “state of open source” across Europe and builds a comprehensive picture by examining the current activity levels through consumption and contribution, inhibitors, motivators, and opportunities.

A Deep Dive into Open Source Program Offices: Structure, Roles, Responsibilities, and Challenges

Open source projects and initiatives provide enterprises with proven, successful models to collaborate with other organizations, create new technologies, and support the development of new communities. Organizations across many industries are establishing Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) and staffing them with highly skilled individuals to ...

The 10th Annual Open Source Jobs Report

According to 93% of the hiring managers surveyed, open source talent is increasingly difficult to find. As a result, companies are now turning towards training their staff in new cloud automation, orchestration, and developer productivity tools to close that gap as much as possible. This year the Linux Foundation once again teamed up with edX to ...

Addressing Cybersecurity Challenges in Open Source Software

To help improve the state of software supply chain security, new research was conducted in partnership with the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), Snyk, the Eclipse Foundation, CNCF, and CI/CD Foundation as a means to help focus efforts in programming, incentives, and other resourcing to support the creation of more secure software. This ...

A Guide to Enterprise Open Source

Open source software (OSS) has transformed our world and become the backbone of our digital economy and the foundation of our digital world. Organizations are creating open source program offices (OSPOs) to manage their open source activities, from adopting OSS and compliance with applicable licenses to participating in open standards and ...

The Carbon Footprint of NFTs: Not All Blockchains Are Created Equal

Produced in partnership with Palm NFT Studio and the Hyperledger Foundation, this report lays out key climate-related barriers to NFTs and suggests some concrete strategies for embracing and building on the exciting innovations that NFTs enable. Adopting these strategies may unlock new opportunities for global collaborations and partnerships for ...

Artificial Intelligence and Data in Open Source

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no different from any other technology domain where OSS dominates. As with other industries, OSS adoption in the AI field has increased the use of open source in products and services, contributions to existing projects, the creation of projects fostering collaboration, and the development of new technologies. ...

Paving the Way to Battle Climate Change: How Two Utilities Embraced Open Source to Speed Modernization of the Electric Grid

Paving the Way to Battle Climate Change is a case study of how two large European distribution and transmission systems operators, the Netherlands’ Alliander and France’s RTE, adopted and contributed to three significant LF Energy projects, SEAPATH, CoMPAS, and OpenSTEF so that their electrical substations can become more modular, interoperable, ...

Open Source in Entertainment: How the Academy Software Foundation Creates Shared Value

Open Source in Entertainment: How the Academy Software Foundation Creates Value tells the story of the ASWF; how it came to be, where it came from, what it has achieved so far, and where it aims to go next. It is a story about engineers and leaders who collectively generate value by developing critical open source software that powers much of the ...

Census II of Free and Open Source Software — Application Libraries

Produced in partnership with Harvard Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH) and the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), Census II is the second investigation into the widespread use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The Census II effort utilizes data from partner Software Composition Analysis (SCA) companies including Snyk, the ...

The Evolution of the Open Source Program Office (OSPO)

Produced in partnership with the TODO Group, this report provides rich insight, direction, and tools to help implement an OSPO (Open Source Program Office) or an open source initiative within corporate, academic, or public sector environments. Readers will come away with an understanding of OSPO Stages and Archetypes (or personas), which drive ...

The State of Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and Cybersecurity Readiness

The State of Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and Cybersecurity Readiness, produced in partnership with SPDX, OpenChain, and OpenSSF, reports on the extent of organizational SBOM readiness and adoption and its significance to improving cybersecurity throughout the open source ecosystem. The study comes on the heels of the US Administration’s ...

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Open Source

The Linux Foundation Report on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Open Source in collaboration with 14 industry partners seeks to understand the demographics and dynamics concerning overall participation in open source communities and identify gaps to be addressed, all as a means to advancing inclusive cultures within open source environments. ...

Data and Storage Trends Report

This report reveals the top data and storage challenges faced by users, storage use trends, vendor product strategies, cloud storage use cases, and the important priorities for enterprises in the next three years and beyond. It was produced in partnership with the SODA Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Storage Networking Industry ...

The State of Open Source in Financial Services Report

The first annual report, produced in partnership with FINOS, Scott Logic, Wipro, and GitHub, explores the state of open source in the financial services sector. The report identifies current levels of consumption and contribution of open source software and standards in this industry and the governance, cultural, and aspirational issues pertaining ...

9th Annual Open Source Jobs Report

Produced in partnership with edX, this report provides actionable insights on the state of open source talent that employers can use to inform their hiring, training, and diversity awareness efforts. It also provides IT professionals with clear insight on which skills are most marketable and how training and certification efforts benefit job ...

Hyperledger Brand Study

Over the summer of 2021, Linux Foundation Research undertook an independent survey to explore the state of the enterprise blockchain market and the Hyperledger brand. The research team collected quantitative and qualitative data from a broad community with knowledge of enterprise blockchain covering a range of topics, including familiarity with ...

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Open source communities are at the heart of an explosion of technical innovation, where industry leaders, engineers, and end users are collectively creating and improving the digital infrastructure on which the global economy depends.

With an extensive community of members, connections with thousands of companies, and hundreds of thousands of open source contributors, professionals, solution providers, and users, the Linux Foundation is in a unique position to investigate the growing scale of open source collaboration, and provide insights into emerging technology trends, best practices, and global impact of open source projects.

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