Outercurve Foundation Changes Bylaws and Governance

Formerly Codeplex– does changing the name change
the organization? –ed.

Outercurve Foundation Changes Bylaws and Governance

Changes will increase diversity of Board of Directors, create
sponsor member classes, and recognize committers

Wakefield, MA. November 2, 2010 – The Outercurve Foundation
today announced changes to its bylaws and governance documents
designed to create diversity at the board level and support the
foundation’s growth as an evolving community of open source
technical leaders and contributors. The Foundation’s Board of
Directors voted the bylaws into effect on November 1, 2010.

The changes enable the increase of the size of the foundation’s
Board of Directors, create new sponsor membership classes,
establish funding tiers for corporate and gallery sponsors, provide
for the establishment of a Technical Advisory Board, and recognize
and indemnify project committers.

The expanded Board of Directors may include up to 12 seats. Two
are reserved for founding sponsor Microsoft (seats currently held
by Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President-External Research, Microsoft
and Stephanie Davies Boesch, Director of Program Management,
Developer Division, Microsoft); two at-large seats are reserved for
industry luminaries (currently held by Sam Ramji, Vice President of
Strategy, Apigee and Jim Jagielski, President, Apache Software
Foundation and Senior Consulting Software Engineer, office of the
CTO, Red Hat); up to four will be reserved for new corporate
sponsors, and up to four will be reserved for project committers
who have served one year on the Technical Advisory Board.

Also included in the governance changes is a provision for the
establishment of an eight-member Technical Advisory Board, to be
comprised of gallery and project leaders and project committers.
The first Technical Advisory Board will be formed in 2011.

Under the new bylaws, all Gallery Managers, Project Leaders and
Committers will be afforded new recognition and indemnification in
the same manner as is provided to the Foundation’s Officers,
Employees and Agents.

“We continue to evolve as an organization to support our mission
of increasing participation between software companies and open
source communities, and we believe these changes will help attract
the participation of additional corporate and gallery sponsors,”
said Paula Hunter, Executive Director, the Outercurve Foundation.
“We’re pleased with what we’ve accomplished since our inception and
look forward to our second year as a growing organization with a
membership comprised of software companies and senior, strategic
open source developers.” The Outercurve Foundation currently has
three galleries and eight projects. Galleries include the ASP.NET
Open Source Gallery (five projects), the Systems Infrastructure and
Integration Gallery (two projects) and the recently-announced
Research Accelerators Gallery (one project.)

For more information on the Outercurve Foundation, visit
www.outercurve.org. To view the new bylaws, visit

About The Outercurve Foundation

The Outercurve Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation created
as a forum in which open source communities and the software
development community can come together with the shared goal of
increasing participation in open source community projects. For
more information about the Outercurve Foundation contact
[email protected]