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Wednesday, October 28 • 13:25 - 13:50
The State of Open Source Licensing Clarity (or the lack thereof) - Philippe Ombredanne, AboutCode.org and nexB Inc.

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In an ideal world, the provenance and open source license of third-party software would be available as easy-to-discover structured data. 

We are not there yet!

We will review a detailed study on the clarity of licenses documentation practices in 5,000 popular open source software packages and infer the state of licensing clarity globally gained from the insights and statistics from the analysis of millions of package with ScanCode toolkit in the ClearlyDefined project.

And we will discuss what can be done to improve the situation. I will present the state of the license documentation clarity in the open source community at large through the lens of:

1. the introduction to the license clarity metrics we designed for ClearlyDefined and the ScanCode toolkit
2. the presentation of a study of the license clarity of 5000 popular open source projects across multiple programming languages and ecosystems
3. an overview of the statistics on license clarity across 10M packages

The take away for the participants will be a better understanding of where we stand in terms of license clarity globally, the discovery surprising and non-intuitive insights from our large study, and what can be done to improve the situation.

Speakers
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Philippe Ombredanne

AboutCode.org and ScanCode maintainer, AboutCode.org and nexB Inc.
Philippe Ombredanne is a passionate FOSS hacker, lead maintainer of the ScanCode toolkit and on a mission to enable easier and safer to reuse FOSS code with best in class open source tools for open source discovery, software composition analysis and license & security compliance at... Read More →



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