The members of the Open Source Consortium (OSC) would like to express their sympathies for the family of Ian Lynch, who sadly passed away on 24th May 2015. Ian was one of the founding members of the OSC and had been consistently and genuinely committed to the values of the organisation since it was set up in 2004.
We are sincerely thankful for Ian’s work, which has played a key role in the effectiveness of the OSC; his “bottom-up” approach was evidence of his success as an entrepreneur, working toward the goal of open systems becoming an integral part of ICT education in schools.
In the face of resistance to introducing a new course devoted to open systems as a core subject, Ian worked to integrate the open systems element into essential courses. Under the vocational review of 2011, the 3000+ qualifications which could be offered in schools were reduced to 120. Ian’s company, The Learning Machine (TLM), produced courses in ICT and Computing, a subject which Ian was passionate about. Through his efforts, two of TLM’s qualifications – with open systems forming an integral part – made the list of the 120 accredited by the Department for Education and are now being run in schools.
Aside from his professional activities and achievements, Ian was an asset to the OSC, often bringing a sense of humour and a sense of fairness in approaching challenges. Ian’s positive energy on the OSC Council will be greatly missed.