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About InnerSource Commons

The InnerSource Commons is a growing community of practitioners with the goal of creating and sharing knowledge about InnerSource. Founded in 2015, the InnerSource Commons is now supporting and connecting over 1300 individuals from over 500 companies, academic institutions, and government agencies. The InnerSource Commons Foundation was incorporated on February 19th, 2020 and is now a 501(c)(3) public charity.

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InnerSource Commons Mission

Our mission is to establish a body of knowledge and to educate individuals, commercial and non-profit organizations, research centers, and other institutions about the successful adoption of InnerSource best practices.

We provide a safe environment for accumulating and sharing knowledge and experiences, finding best practices, building standards and tooling, producing educational materials, and fostering research to advance the understanding, adoption, and practice of InnerSource.

How We Work

The InnerSource Commons utilizes open source methods to provide organizations practicing InnerSource a forum for discussing and improving the practice of InnerSource through the sharing of experiences (under the Chatham House Rule), creation and review of InnerSource patterns, and the open exchange of ideas.

Interested individuals and companies are welcome to participate and contribute content to the ISC. In general, contributed content will be made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License attributed to InnerSourceCommons.org. No fees are required to participate.

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InnerSource Commons Members

The InnerSource Commons community is open to all. Some community participants go above and beyond, and may be invited to become an ISC Member. The InnerSource Commons is a membership corporation, so ISC Members serve a similar role as shareholders in publicly traded corporations.

Members have particular rights in the ISC; for example, they may vote in board elections. To be eligible for Membership, a person must be nominated by a current Member. Membership is purely merit-based, free of any cost, and restricted to individuals.

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Board & Governance

InnerSource Commons is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a set of corporate bylaws. The Board of Directors sets the policy and appoints officers that set and execute policy. The Board is elected by the Membership on a yearly basis.

Learn more about the ISC Board