Membership Categories

Membership Definition

Strategic Membership:
Strategic Members are legal entities which stand out to provide significant resources to support the Consortium's objectives and wish to play an active role both in setting the direction of the Consortium code development activities and facilitating the use and acceptance of the Consortium's technology. Strategic Members commit to remain members for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years. Strategic Members are legal entities which comply with the Strategic Membership Conditions set forth in Appendix Four of the Membership Agreement.

Corporate Membership:
Corporate Members are legal entities that wish to contribute to the code development activities of the Consortium, to participate in the planning and management of the Consortium's technology development process, and to facilitate the use and acceptance of the Consortium's technology. Corporate Members are entities which meet the requirements of a Corporate Member as set forth in Appendix Four of the Membership Agreement.

Individual Membership:
Individual Members include individuals such as, without limitation, free-lancers, students, and technology enthusiasts who meet the requirements of an Individual Member as set forth in Appendix Four of the Membership Agreement.

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. Please note that Associate Organization is not a membership category.

Membership Agreement and Registration

For your information, here is an example of our Membership Agreement generated by the OW2 registration wizard. This document provides evidence of membership including, among other definitions, the fee structure and level of fees as well as the commitment for each membership category. To register as a member of OW2 please go through the OW2 registration wizard. To register as an Associate Organization, please directly use the pdf agreement.

Fee Structure

  Individual Membership Corporate Membership Strategic Membership
Fees

No charge

Large (1): €10,000

Medium (1): €5,000

Small (1): €3,000

Micro (1): €1,500

Academia (2): €4,000

Laboratory (2): €1,000

€50,000

Commitment

1-year commitment

3-year commitment

Purchasing Power Parity(3)

N/A

Applicable to Corporate members
registered before Dec. 31, 2012

Applicable to Founding Strategic Members

Based in the definition by the European Commission, micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises are defined according to their staff headcount and turnover or annual balance-sheet total:

(1): A large enterprise is defined as an enterprise which employs 500 or more persons and whose annual turnover is over EUR 100 million  or whose annual balance-sheet total is over EUR 90 million.

(1): A medium-sized enterprise is defined as an enterprise which employs fewer than 500 persons (EC says 250) and whose annual turnover does not exceed EUR 100 million (EC says 50) or whose annual balance-sheet total does not exceed EUR 90 million (EC says 43).

(1): A small enterprise is defined as an enterprise which employs fewer than 50 persons and whose annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet total does not exceed EUR 10 million.

(1): A micro enterprise is defined as an enterprise which employs fewer than 10 persons and whose annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet total does not exceed EUR 2 million.

(2): An Academia member is a multi-department education and research organisation, such as a research institute or a university, with employment in the 100s or 1000s.

(2): We define an Academic Research Laboratory as an organization which has a small number of members (in the range of 10s) and has an identity within its broad academic institution (it must have a name).

(3): Purchasing Power Parity Rules, as defined by the World Bank, are applied to members having joined OW2 before December 31st, 2012 from developing countries.

Rights

    Individual Membership Corporate Membership Strategic Membership
Board of DirectorsOne representativeAs many representatives as Strategic MembersOne seat by right
InitiativesEligible to participate in any Initiative Mgt TeamEntitled to participate in any Initiative Mgt TeamEntitled to lead an Initiative, Entitled to participate in any Initiative Mgt Team
ProjectsEntitled to participate in any Project Mgt Team, Eligible to lead any ProjectEntitled to participate in any Project Mgt Team, Eligible to lead any ProjectEligible to lead any Project, Entitled to participate in any Project Mgt Team
CouncilsEntitled to participate in any CouncilEntitled to participate in any CouncilEligible to chair a Council, Entitled to participate in any Council
Local ChaptersEntitled to participate in any Local Chapter Mgt teamEntitled to participate in any Local Chapter Mgt teamEntitled to lead a Local Chapter, Entitled to participate in any Local Chapter Mgt team

Duties

    Individual Membership Corporate Membership Strategic Membership
Board of Directors--Must appoint one Director
Initiatives--Must participate in at least one Initiative Mgt Team
Projects--Must appoint at least two contributors to at least one Project
Councils--Must appoint one representative in each Council
Management Office--Must provide in-kind contribution to be recognized as a Benefactor Member