FW: [Ossi] DISA to open source administrative software

Lawrence Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Tue Mar 17 20:41:13 UTC 2009

Cross-posting FYI. 


DISA is an agency in the US Department of Defense. Please let John
Weathersby (jmw at oss-institute.org) or me know if you have any questions
about this new open source project or its licensing strategy. 







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Subject: [Ossi] DISA to open source administrative software


DISA to open <http://gcn.com/articles/2009/03/17/disa-open-source.aspx>
source administrative software
Other agencies free to use, modify human resource management software

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) plans to open source a suite
of programs that it developed for administrative tasks. The agency has
signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Open Source
Software Institute (OSSI) to help release the source code of the programs.

The set of 50 programs, collectively called the Corporate Management
Information System (CMIS), handles duties such as human resource management,
training, security, acquisition and related functions. All the programs were
developed by internally by DISA, and are used by more that 16,000 users

"Numerous other government agencies have asked if we'd allow them to adopt
CMIS for their internal use," Jack Penkoske, DISA's director of manpower,
security and personnel, said in a statement. "We believe this will be a
win-win for all involved."

By allowing third-party developers to view, modify, and reuse the software
source code, DISA is hoping that others will improve the code when they
modify it for their own purposes.

DISA will license the software under version 3 of the Open Software License
<http://www.opensource.org/licenses/osl-3.0.php>  as well as version 3 of
the Academic Free License <http://www.opensource.org/licenses/afl-3.0.php> ,
according to John Weathersby, OSSI's executive director.


from the mobile desk of
John M. Weathersby, Jr.
Executive Director
Open Source Software Institute

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; 
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
-- Winston Churchill




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