Open Source Solutions

What is it?

๐Ÿฅœ In a nutshell

Technical bodies will be able to produce designs (software or other) (but not ENs, TRs, TSs or CWAs) and publish them under an open source licence (= the public can freely download, modify & republish them) via CEN-CENELEC. Standards users will find these open source designs linked from or when searching for traditional standards.

โค Benefits

Experts will be pleased that the designs they are producing get official recognition within the CEN-CENELEC community, eg: the public can discover that the designs exist and because they bear the CEN-CENELEC name they can trust they are of a certain level of quality.


Standards users will be pleased to have the designs available because they make life easier in some way, eg: a reference implementation that provides an example of how an EN could be implemented.


Everyone will be pleased with the relatively short release cycle (still to be defined).

โœ… Objectives and timeline

CEN-CENELEC aims to facilitate the incorporation open source approaches into its standardization activities in order to keep standards relevant in the digital era. It intends to focus its efforts on the link between open source and standardization activities; it does not have an ambition to become an open source community in the general sense (like Linux Foundation, etc) which frequently has no relationship with standards.


The aim is to have a complete framework, fully tested by pilots, in place by December 2022.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Project team

The core project team currently comprises 19 (part time) people, including:

  • 12 who work for a CEN-CENELEC member or CCMC /7 others such as experts or from the open source community
  • 7 women/12 men

The leadership team is:




Joint Project Leader

Daniel Haack

DIN (Germany)

Joint Project Leader

Shannon Kiernan

CCMC (Europe)

Leader of Workstream 1: Stakeholder Engagement

Speranta Stomff

ASRO (Romania)

Leader of Workstream 2: Technical Solutions

Derek Roche

SESKO (Finland)

Leader of Workstream 3: Operationalization

Camille Cloรฎtre

AFNOR (France)

Leader of Workstream 4: Business Model

Adrian O'Sullivan

NSAI (Ireland)

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Impact on experts

Experts who wish to work on an open source deliverable may participate initially as a pilot project, and later under the framework that is put in place.ย Depending on partnership arrangements that may or may not be put in place (still to be explored), it is also possible that another party could be engaged to produce open source deliverables on behalf of standardization experts (ie: a TC or WG).


But there is no obligation for TCs or WGs to produce open source deliverables. It will only impact experts who choose to get involved.

Get involved

๐Ÿ’ฌ Info sessions & workshops

Please see the list of upcoming info sessions and workshops.

๐Ÿ“ข Call for pilot projects

About to start building a reference implementation or testing tool? We're currently looking for pilot projects. Please see the recent Call for Participation flyer for more information and express your interest here.

๐Ÿ“ข Spread the word

Technical Committee secretaries and others are encouraged to use this short Digital Transformation slide deck to present to their groups. The "notes" on each slide will help guide you when presenting.

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๐Ÿ”” Status update

Last updated: 2021-10-11

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Example Work Packages



Stakeholder engagement

Requirements gathering, info sessions, workshops

First round of info sessions & workshops underway.


Technical solutions

Repositories & tools, metadata & discovery

Setting up first repositories for pilots.
Gathering stakeholder input.



Processes & procedures, pilot projects, setting up operational teams

Received expressions of interest for approx 15 pilot projects. Being shortlisted.

Gathering stakeholder input for processes.


Business model

Licencing, IPR, funding, partnerships

Gathering stakeholder input.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Info sessions & workshops

๐Ÿ”” Subscribe to "Digital Transformation" updates: here for CEN or here for CENELEC

Date & Time

Target Audience




Mon 25 Apr 2022 from 1pm to 2pm CET

General public

Info session โ€“ project summary



Mon 17 Jan 2022 from 1pm to 2pm CET

General public

Info session โ€“ project summary



Wed 27 Oct 2021 from 2pm to 5pm CET

Stakeholder Dialogue Forum

Different points of view from different stakeholder groups about processes, technical tools, licensing and commercials

Invitation only


Tue 19 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Members (various departments, including standardization, publishing and legal)

Workshop โ€“ inc. processes, technical tools, licensing and commercials


Slides coming soon

Fri 15 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Open source communities (people who work at the community head offices)

Workshop โ€“ inc. processes, technical tools, licensing and commercials


Slides coming soon

Thu 14 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Standards users (those who arenโ€™t involved in standards making)

Workshop โ€“ inc. processes and technical tools



Wed 13 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Developers, including those in Open Source communities

Workshop โ€“ inc. processes, technical tools and licensing



Tue 12 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Standards makers (experts in TCs or WGs)

Workshop โ€“ inc. processes and licensing



Mon 11 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

General public

Info session โ€“ project summary



โ“ Frequently Asked Questions

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Absolutely none! It is out of scope of this project to change the framework under which European standards (ENs), technical reports (TRs) or technical specifications (TSs) are developed and published.

Of course, things could change in the future, eg: if this project successfully finds faster approval processes, then these could be applied for other types of deliverables if desired. But that's out of scope of this project.

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