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LF Research publishes actionable and decision-useful insights into open source software, hardware, standards, and data based on empirical research methodologies. Through leveraging community networks, project databases, surveys, and qualitative findings, and through its commitment to best practices in primary research, Linux Foundation Research is the definitive home for data-driven insights into open source for the benefit of governments, enterprises, and society at large.

Featured Research: Open Source For Sustainability

Linux Foundation Research set out to understand how the open source community has advanced the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), conducting a comprehensive study of the LF’s diverse portfolio of projects.

 

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Open Source for Sustainability

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In 2017, two years after introducing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," the United Nations reported that digital technology—particularly open source—would be instrumental in achieving them. Linux Foundation Research set out to understand how the open source community has advanced the SDGs so far, conducting a comprehensive study of the LF’s diverse portfolio of projects.

The study analyzed use cases as well as documented efforts of the community, its curators and contributors, and its working groups to map efforts to the different dimensions of sustainability represented by the SDGs. Our research identified hundreds of digital public goods, from open content and standards to software and hardware, that advance at least one of the 17 goals. By capturing where and how our projects are having impact, we outlined where the LF community can direct resources to broaden and deepen these efforts. 

This report represents an insightful account of the open source ecosystem from the perspective of the people, the environments, and the social and political systems that are impacted by the Linux Foundation’s work. Read the detailed findings in the full report.

Author: Kirsten D. Sandberg
With a foreword by Bilel Jamoussi, International Telecommunication Union

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