Established in 2004, the Open Source Consortium (OSC) is the UK Open Source industry association representing the open source business community across the UK.
As an industry association, OSC gives its members greater influence than they could achieve alone by providing a collective voice, and by supporting initiatives such as the implementation of open standards in public sector IT, the inclusion of open standards in school curricula supporting of the leveling of the gender balance in the industry.
At the core of its vision, the OSC aims to see open source and standards adopted in all aspects of public and commercial life and to create an environment where open source software is more readily adopted. To this end OSC acts to promote the unique advantages of free and open source software through communications and events, and lobbies for change in the face of policy which disadvantages member SMEs versus larger, non-open source software vendors in commercial situations. OSC is open to working with other national and international organisations with compatible aims and objectives.
OSC also represents a body of expertise and experience in its members, all of whom advocate and support its values, many of whom offer specialised services in this field through their businesses. We provide a free co-ordinating service for anyone seeking solutions based on free and open source software. Members can use the OSC as an arena for collaborating in tendering for and participating in commercial contracts.