May 10, 2005

Black Duck Software Joins OSSI - Navy CRADA

jmw writes "Waltham,
Mass. and Stennis Space Center, MS â May 9, 2005â Black Duck
Software, Inc., the leading provider of software compliance
management solutions, today announced that it has become a corporate
member of the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI), a U.S.-based
non-profit organization dedicated to the development and
implementation of open source software solutions within the United
States federal, state and municipal governments agencies and academic
institutions.

Black
Duck Software helps organizations expand their use of open source
software by providing products and services for understanding and
safely managing software licensing compliance. The companyâs
protexIP⢠system lets organizations plan proper use of open source
components, automatically analyze projects to discover open source
software, and validate software license obligations to assure that
obligations are met and documented for the full lifecycle of the
software asset. protexIP allows organizations to establish and manage
intellectual property policies, and brings developers, lawyers, and
decision-makers together into a collaborative compliance process. As
a result, organizations can now confidently take advantage of the
dramatic cost, quality, and time-to-market benefits that open source
provides.

âOpen
source software is becoming a major force in business and government
on a national, state, and local level as organizations have begun to
recognize it as a way to improve software development productivity
while lowering over all information technology (IT) costs,â said
Douglas A. Levin, CEO of Black Duck. âWe are very pleased to bring
our software compliance management expertise to OSSI and its member
organizations and help support the heightened sensitivity to
licensing and controls required by governments.â

âWe
are thrilled to have Black Duck Software join the Open Source
Software Institute,â said OSSI executive director John Weathersby.
âBlack Duck Software is filling a unique niche in the adoption of
open source within government and industry enterprise systems. By
enabling IT and policy decision makers to qualify and quantify the
scale and scope of their commitment to open source software, Black
Duck is helping to prove that open source is a viable, mainstream
offering and can serve as a stand alone or complementary element
within any enterprise system. This is one of the key reasons we
wanted Black Duck to participate in our current Navy
open source evaluation program

Black
Duck will also serve as a technical contributor to the second open
source software research and development programs between the U.S.
Navy and the OSSI. This effort is part of a Cooperative Research and
Development Agreement (CRADA) between OSSI and the Commander, Naval
Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC)
(http://pao.cnmoc.navy.mil).
The three-year R&D program will explore the Navyâs usage of
open source software within the Naval Oceanographic Offices
(NAVOCEANO) web services, scientific computing and enterprise
architecture systems.

About
the Open Source Software Institute

The
Open Source Software Institute is a non-profit (501 c 6) organization
whose mission is to promote the development and implementation of
open source software solutions within U.S. federal, state and
municipal government agencies and academic entities. Information on
OSSI activities, and a results briefing on the initial Navy CRADA can
be found on the OSSI website at:

http://oss-institute.org.

About
Black Duck Software

Black Duck Software⢠is the leading
provider of software compliance management solutions that help
companies govern how software assets are created, managed, and
licensed. Black Duck's offerings help businesses take maximum
advantage of open source software while at the same time assure they
satisfy the obligations associated with the code they use. Black
Duckâs customer base includes enterprises, product developers,
outsourcers, law firms and other organizations worldwide that are
concerned with protection of software intellectual property. For more
information about Black Duck, visit www.blackducksoftware.com.

©
2005 Black Duck Software, Inc. Black Duck Software and protexIP are
trademarks of Black Duck Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective holders.
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Link: oss-institute.org

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