OASIS Open Kicked-off 2021 with a New European Sovereign Affiliate Organization designed to advance open collaboration in Europe — OASIS Open Europe Foundation (OOEF). New OOEF Board Member, Laetitia Cailleteau (Managing Director and DATA&AI Lead for Europe at Accenture), joined Guy Martin and Carol Cosgrove-Sacks for the first 2021 Open Matters discussion. Laetitia teams up with a remarkable range of talent from the tech and academic worlds across Europe, with strong experience in ICT standards and open source projects, to govern OOEF. OOEF is positioned to:
Streamline information on current free open standards and open source projects available for use today;
Support and collaborate on European Union and EU Member state projects;
Increase efforts to research and develop innovative open source and standards technologies (for data management, cybersecurity, AI, …).
OASIS launched a new virtual series called ‘Open Matters’ to spark dialogue & foster community thinking for open source & standards collaboration. Led by OASIS Executive Director, Guy Martin, these forums are informal gatherings that will engage the open development ecosystem, addressing key topics within open source and open standards communities, while helping facilitate cross-industry collaboration.
The first discussion was an one-on-one conversation between Guy and OASIS Board of Directors Chairman, Gershon Janssen. This was an opportunity to get to know Guy better, and learn more about his vision on how best to link these two communities.
As our need for cryptographic capabilities continue to increase, so does the number of solutions available to us to meet those needs. With increasing solution choice often comes increased integration burdens. As one of the most prevalent crypto API sets in the world, PKCS #11 is well supported in the industry and with a solid focus from the PKCS11 Technical Committee on ensuring its relevance and applicability, integrations should only get easier as this standard continues to develop. During this webinar, the PKCS11 Co-chairs covered the new content that has been worked into PKCS #11 v3.0 as well as a preview of what’s to come in v3.1 & v3.2, including the items that have been improved or revised based on feedback from the community.
With our 2020 year ending with continued dashed hopes for members to gather in person, OASIS Open held a virtual Distinguished Contributors & Open Cup Awards and Year-End Update. Distinguished Contributors Award is awarded to a select group of OASIS members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of open standards and/or open source projects, similar to a “Lifetime Achievement Award” or “Hall of Fame.” Open Cup is in recognition of exceptional advancements within the OASIS technical community. Two groups were awarded the Cup this year, one for Outstanding Approved Standard and another for Outstanding New Initiative.
The Awards Ceremony concluded with a musical review of our year together. (There are things about 2020 that will make you smile.)
Co-Founder of the Baseline Protocol and seasoned enterprise executive, John Wolpert, joined Guy Martin for this next Open Matters discussion. Launched in March of this year, the Baseline Protocol uses advances in peer-to-peer messaging, zero-knowledge cryptography and blockchain technology to coordinate complex, confidential workflows between enterprises without moving company data out of traditional systems of record. Today, over 600 companies and individuals are actively participating in this initiative.
Guy Martin was joined by Richard Morrell, a BlackHat and Senior Security Analyst-Security Editor for this Open Matters discussion. Richard shared his views on the biggest challenges the open source community faces with cybersecurity standards. He highlighted which current open source projects are doing the best job with security, as well as provided his recommendations on what needs to happen within consortiums to move cybersecurity forward in an effective way.
Held over two-days, this multi-session technical working conference was developed to bring together the community in order to further the technical implementation of the Baseline Protocol, while providing those new to the community with an update on the latest developments. Sessions were identified and selected by the Baseline Technical Steering Committee with an eye toward tackling many of the most urgent technical challenges faced by the team. The Baseline Protocol is an Open Project at OASIS Open.