About us

OpenUK is the UK open industry association representing the open source, open hardware and open data business communities across the UK.

As an industry association, OpenUK 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 levelling of the gender balance in the industry.

At the core of its vision, OpenUK aims to encourage open source, open hardware and open data collaboration and standards adopted in all aspects of public and commercial life and to develop an environment where the adoption of all things open is encouraged. a

To this end OpenUK acts to promote the unique advantages of free and open source software, hardware and data through communications and events, lobbies for change in the face of policy which disadvantages its members and interfaces with various government and regulatory bodies.

OpenUKĀ  works with an increasing number of other national and international organisations with compatible aims and objectives and aims to create a central point of collaboration.

OpenUK also represents a body of expertise and experience through its members, who advocate and support its values and 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, hardware or data and provide information on UK free & open source software, open hardware and open data suppliers.

Members use OpenUK as an arena for collaborating in tendering for and participating in commercial contracts.

OpenUK is registered in England and Wales as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Company registration number: 11209475

History

  • Registered at Companies House, Cardiff, on 16th February 2018.
  • Launch event at the House of Commons, 3 September 2019.