Welcome message from OW2 new 2023 President 

April 06, 2023


Hello readers, 

It is with great excitement and humility that I tread into the shoes that Jean Parpaillon has so wonderfully worn over the last several years as OW2 President. I want to thank Jean for his support, and you, the OW2 community, for electing me to the board. And I would like to thank the OW2 board for naming me as Board President. What an honour.

It seems that open source has been standing repeatedly at one crossroads or another over the last few years, and 2023 is no different. The proposed EU CRA text shows that despite the near-ubiquitous reach of open source into every nook and cranny of government, education, industry and innovation, we must continue to stand up and make our voices heard. OW2 was a co-signatory to an open letter about this.

And the issues of open source community resilience and sustainability, not to mention code and digital supply chain security, continue to be growing concerns.
OW2 has always been a bastion of open source ideals, support and education. Seeing the weight and respect our "small" organisation commands in the European arena is truly impressive. And this is very much due to the energy, efforts, trust, and support that you, the community and the fantastic management team, provide.

Over the coming months, OW2 will be present at events in Spain and France, not to mention organising OW2con'23 in Paris! I hope you're already spreading the word far and wide (attracting new members is always good), and I look forward to seeing you there in June.