Associate Organizations

Associate Organizations

Associate Organizations are entities, such as standards organizations, research institutions, academic institutions, open source organizations, publishing organizations and other organization types, which wish to support the aims and objectives of OW2. 

In a nutshell, Associate Organization are our official friends and supporters in the global marketplace.

Current Associate Organizations include:


Founded in 2002, ADULLACT French Association aims to support and coordinate the action of the Local Governments and Administrations in order to promote, develop and maintain free and open source software that are useful for the public service missions.

ADULLACT, a unique structure in Europe, was born from the need to see a system alternative to proprietary licenses, particularly in the field of business software. By setting up free and open source computer projects meeting the specific needs of its members and by coordinating local skills, ADULLACT wants to give a concrete meaning to the resources mutualisation concept.

ADULLACT is the French contraction for "Association des Développeurs et des Utilisateurs de Logiciels Libres pour les Administrations et les Collectivités Territoriales".

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Associação Software Livre

Associação Software Livre (ASL), or association is a non-profit organization, based in Porto Alegre (Brazil), which brings together entrepreneurs, professionals, students and citizens. Its goal is to foster the adoption of free software in the society, providing space for discussion, support, promotion and organization of initiatives in several related areas.

Founded on September 11, 2003, ASL is the organizer of the International Free Software Forum (FISL) in which OW2 regularly participate with a booth and presentations. FISL is the largest free software event in South America. It takes place every year in Porto Alegre. The organization is also lead of several projects and initiatives. More information: ASL Performance.


CAdESoL is an OW2 associate organization since November 2017. Created in 2009 in Argentina, the Chamber of Free Software Companies (CAdESoL) brings together the companies providing solutions based on Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). CAdESoL activities are focused on promoting business development in FLOSS through projects, research, promotion, and development. Companies of all categories and sizes are invited to implement solutions using Free Software.
Through collaborations with public and private entities, CAdESoL supports and fosters the development and the implementation of FLOSS. It advises companies to collaborate, promoting, supporting and carrying out studies to improve the development processes, support and implementation of software based on free code.
Providing links with scientific-technical, educational and productive organizations, the organization brings neutral dissemination about free software. More information on CAdESoL website


CNLL is the French National Council for Open Source Software (Conseil National du Logiciel Libre), a representative unit for FLOSS (free and open source software) corporate foundations and associations in France. It was born in February 2010, when local FLOSS associations decided to build a nationwide representation. The CNLL represents 13 associations and foundations and, through them, more than 400 specialized French companies or with a significant activity in free software. cnll_logo.png


COPU stands for China Open Source Software Promotion Union. Established in 2004, in Beijing, the organization is hosted by CSIP, the Software and Integrated Circuit Promotion Centre, a public institution directly affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China. COPU members are mainly local IT companies and industries involved in collaborative and open innovation. CopuLogo-short.jpg


DMTF standards enable effective management of IT environments. The organization is comprised of industry-leading member companies that collaborate on the development, validation and promotion of infrastructure management standards. These standards specify well-defined interfaces that collectively deliver complete management capabilities. DMTF standard interfaces are critical to enabling interoperability among multi-vendor IT infrastructures, and systems and network management including cloud, virtualization, desktop, network, servers and storage. DMTF spans the globe with member companies and organizations representing varied industry sectors. The DMTF board of directors is led by 16 industry-leading technology companies including: Broadcom Corporation; CA Technologies; Cisco; Citrix Systems, Inc.; Dell; Fujitsu; Hitachi, Ltd.; HP; Intel Corporation; Microsoft Corporation; NetApp; Oracle; Software AG; SunGard Availability Services; Telecom Italia and VMware, Inc. dmtf.png

Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse is an open source community, whose projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services. More at eclipse-800x426


A community for free and open source software governance. FOSSBazaar is an open community of technology and industry leaders who are collaborating to accelerate adoption of free and open source software in the enterprise. Specifically, FOSSBazaar aims to:
  • Expand upon the open source value proposition for a richer, safer, less expensive, better overall IT experience.
  • Focus on free and open source software governance best practices, education and tools.
More at The FOSSBazaar steering committee has approved and welcomed OW2 as an associate partner of FOSSBazaar.


GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance is a non-profit organization, founded in 2008 with 30 Universities and Research Centers as shareholders.

The main goal of GFOSS is to promote Openness through the use and the development of Open Standards and Open Technologies in Education, Public Administration and Business in Greece. The major Greek Universities and Research Centers participate in GFOSS – Open Technologies Alliance, while leading members of the Greek community of developers play a key role in the implementation of GFOSS policies to provide a platform for Open Standards, Free Software, Open Content, Open Data & Open Hardware in Greece. More at


The OpenSocial Foundation, an industry recognized standards body, is dedicated to advancing the social web through community innovation and open source. Established in 2008, the Foundation provides the leading and most mature standards based component model for SaaS delivered social business applications. Widely supported by a majority of leading consumer and enterprise social platforms, such as IBM, Jive, and SugarCRM, the OpenSocial specification fosters the development of a growing set of socially-aware off-the-shelf applications. Through open source projects such as Apache Rave and Shindig, it provides a well-defined way for 3rd party applications to richly interact with users directly in their activity stream. OpenSocial became OW2 Associate organization on December 2012, see the Press Release. For more information, visit opensocial.jpg

Open Source Business Alliance

The OSBA (Open Source Business Alliance) community is composed of 190 members, mostly coming from German public administrations, and European small and medium-sized enterprises. The association was created in 2011 from the merger of Linux Solutions Group eV (Lisog) and LIVE Linux-Verband.
The alliance is fostering the usage of the Linux operating system and open source software within companies and at public institutions. Supporting the open source software editors and contributors, OSBA is focusing on system interoperability, open standards, open innovation and open cloud computing.

Open Source Initiative

The Open Source Initiative is an OW2 associate organization since June 2017, while OW2 celebrates its 10th anniversary and OSI is about to starts its third decades. Both international non-profit organizations protect and promote open source software, fostering interactions between community developers, administrations and businesses.
OSI is a California public benefit corporation founded in 1998. It's the steward of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving open source licenses. OSI’s mission is global in scope, and was formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community. More information can be found on OSI’s web site at


The SADIO Association from Argentina is an OW2 associate organization since November 2017. Created in March 1960, this Society of Information Technology aims at identifying, unifying and extending the knowledge of computer sciences while sharing best practices in business decision support systems.
Other objectives include fostering contacts between professionals who carry out activities related to these disciplines, and fostering free exchanges of expertise between them and their international peers.
The SADIO association also promotes teaching and training in the IT and business decision support systems, developing meetings, conferences and educational or research programs.
More information can be found on SADIO web site at