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Samsung announces the adoption of OpenChain ISO/IEC international standard

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Samsung Electronics has announced that it has adopted the first international standard for open source compliance, OpenChain ISO (International Organization for Standardization) / IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 5230:2020. The advanced R&D hub of the tech giant, Samsung Research has been carrying out a range of actions for secure and structured employment of open source with professional establishments and frameworks since 2012.

General Manager of OpenChain, Shane Coughlan stated that:

Open source provides an unmatched platform for innovation. To get the most out of this platform, the key is to have effective, efficient processes. OpenChain ISO 5230 delivers this for license compliance activities. We are delighted to welcome Samsung Electronics to our community of conformance. Their leadership in this area will help accelerate our mission throughout the supply chain.

In 2016, the OpenChain Project started as an initiative of a non-profit organization, Linux Foundation, with the goal of forming a competent and compatible open source compliance framework. In 2020, the same project was adopted as an ISO/IEC international standard. The purpose of this project is to assess the open source compliance potentiality of each company and then authorize them if they satisfy the criteria.

Executive Vice President and Head of R&D Strategy Team, Seungbeom Choi stated that:

Samsung Electronics leads the adoption and use of open source technology to create innovative products. Underlying this are organizations and processes specifically established to safely and efficiently utilize open source. Our adoption of OpenChain ISO 5230 reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence in our field. Samsung Electronics is expected to enhance its credibility by receiving recognition for its capacity to utilize open source through this certification. We look forward to collaborating with other industry leaders around this standard.

Samsung has also set up a framework to determine open source licenses and adhere to specifications at the level of development from software planning to administration and authentication, along with forming a global integrated open source policy with global research associations.

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