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– From today credativ is going to be a part of the OpenChain community and adhere to the specifications given by the OpenChain Project.

“The addition of credativ brings another important Open Source pillar into the OpenChain community and boosts our mission to make Open Source Software compliance easier, more understandable and more transparent,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain Program Manager. “credativ is one of the early supporters of Free and Open Source Software in our community. They have engaged at a unique time. We are looking forward to working closely together to channel influence in the European, American and Indian market as we scale OpenChain self-certification.”

“It is an important step for us to join the OpenChain community,” says Dr Michael Meskes, CEO of credativ. “Through our extensive experience with Open Source in business, we work with a lot of different companies and know how to improve upon the positive impact that Open Source provides, not only in technical but also compliance issues. Therefore we would like to further extend the reputation of the OpenChain Project by expressing adherence to their specifications. We think that this leads to more and more companies gaining trust and confidence in Free and Open Source Software. One of the key aspects of the OpenChain certification is, that it builds trust, which, already rooted in the core principles of Free and Open Source Software, thusly provides an essential contribution to the general acceptance of Open Source.“

The OpenChain Project identifies key recommended processes for effective Open Source Software component management. Among other things, these include having a general Free and Open Source Software policy, training for all developers and technical software staff on a regular basis, and the definition of what consitutes an acceptable standard for Open Source licenses and contribution to Projects in general. In terms of use cases the standard cover topics such as distribution of software in binary or source form, modification or integration of Open Source Software components and interaction of different licenses.

Thus the project builds trust in Free and Open Source Software by making Open Source license compliance simpler and more consistent.

The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for Open Source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain

Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements.

The result is that Open Source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.

Organizations of all sizes are invited to review the OpenChain Project, to complete the free Online Self-Certification Questionnaire, and to join the OpenChain community of trust.

About credativ:

credativ is a independent consulting and services company operating in Germany, Spain, India, the Netherlands and the USA. Since the founding in 1999, credativ has been offering comprehensive services and technical support for the implementation and operation of Open Source Software in business applications. For more information, visit

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