If you are a software developer, there are traditionally two approaches to making your software available to others: releasing your work commercially or sharing it via open source licensing.
If you are interested in assessing the commercial potential of your software, we invite you to begin the technology commercialization process.
It is also sometimes possible to combine commercial development with open source sharing. Contact us if you would like to pursue that option.
Open Source Licensing
If you are not interested in commercializing your software, it is not necessary to disclose your discovery to IURTC nor to obtain our permission to explore open source options.
However, you will need to contact your department to determine any obligations you may have to release software under a particular open source license. These may include requirements in grants or pre-existing open source licenses attached to any software you have incorporated into your work.
Open Source Resources at Indiana University
In the United States, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) promotes open source technologies and offers certification for open source licenses and software. Although not legally required, this certification indicates that a license or product complies with OSI's definition of open source.
Two open source communities supported by several universities, including Indiana University, are:
- Kuali Foundation, which supports the development and maintenance of open source administrative software from financial management tools to research administration.
- Sakai Foundation, which supports development of open source collaboration and learning environments that support teaching and group collaboration, from scheduling to wikis to social media.