Open Source Solutions

What are Open Source Solutions?

Are you struggling to incorporate different content formats into your EN/TR/TS/CWA deliverables? Would you like to provide free tools to help people implement your standard and thereby encourage wider adoption? Would you like these tools to have the CEN or CENELEC stamp of quality without being constrained by slow revision cycles?


CEN and CENELEC are exploring how to incorporate Open Source approaches into standardization, in order to keep standards relevant in the digital era. Our aim is to have a framework, tested by pilots, ready for technical committees and other groups to use.

πŸ₯œ 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.

Why is this important?

  • We want to keep standards relevant and user friendly. Having an Open Source design could remove the need for users to build a piece of software to conform to a standard, saving time and money for organizations, no matter what their size.
  • We know that some of you already want to publish designs that aren’t currently allowed under existing standardization deliverables; we want to work with you to explore how we can do that.

❀ Benefits

Experts: open source designs get official recognition within the CEN-CENELEC community; encourage broader implementation of the corresponding standard.

Standards users: open source designs can make it easier to implement the corresponding standards, eg: reference implementations or conformity testing tools.

Everyone: potentially shorter release cycle (still to be defined) in order to keep pace with state-of-the-art.

βœ… Scope

CEN and CENELEC aim to facilitate the incorporation of open source solutions into their standardization activities in order to keep standards relevant in the digital era. To avoid confusion:

  • They intend to focus their efforts on the link between open source and standardization activities; they do not have an ambition to become a direct competitor to open source foundations (like Linux Foundation, etc) which frequently have no relationship with standards.
  • The standards themselves will not be open source; only related solutions like reference implementations or conformity testing tools.

The aim is to have a complete framework, fully tested by pilots, ready for technical committees and other groups to use.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Project team

The core project team currently comprises 35 (part time) people.Β The leadership team is:




Project Leader

Daniel Haack

DIN (Germany)

Project Manager

Shannon Kiernan

CCMC (Europe)

Leader of Workstream 1: Stakeholder Engagement

Amanda Saunders


Leader of Workstream 2: Technical Solutions

Michael Rudschuck

DKE (Germany)

Leader of Workstream 3: Operationalization

Alice Kasasian Brown


Leader of Workstream 4: Business Model

Adrian O'Sullivan

NSAI (Ireland)

πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬ Role of 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. Depending on partnership arrangements that may be put in place, another party could be engaged to produce open source deliverables on behalf of a TC.Β There is no obligation for TCs or WGs to produce open source deliverables.

Get involved by proposing a pilot project and help us shape the future of standardization.

Get involved

⚑ Want to run a pilot project?

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

πŸ’¬ Info sessions & workshops

Please see the list of upcoming info sessions and workshops.

πŸ“’ 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.

Feedback on this slide deck? ContactΒ Β 

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the project, please contact Shannon Kiernan at


πŸ”” Status update

Last updated: 2022-07-25


Example Work Packages



Stakeholder engagement

Requirements gathering, info sessions, workshops

First round of info sessions & workshops completed. Conducting follow-up interviews with selected individuals.


Technical solutions

Repositories & tools, metadata & discovery

Repositories set up and awaiting pilots.

First conversations about metadata have been started.



Processes & procedures, pilot projects, setting up operational teams

Received expressions of interest for approx 15 pilot projects but challenging to shortlist/onboard. Working on it.

Gathering stakeholder input for processes.


Business model

Licencing, IPR, funding, partnerships

Focusing on EUPL licence. Working through implications.

"Solution types" drafted but awaiting prioritisation and validation via pilots.

πŸ’¬ Info sessions & workshops

Date & Time

Target Audience




Mon 25 Apr 2022 from 1pm to 2pm CET

General public

Info session – project summary



Poll results

Mon 14 Feb 2022 from 2pm to 3:30pm CET

Senior people from members

BT OSS Focus Session - project summary, results so far, 3 areas where we need help from members



Tue 19 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

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

Workshop – inc. processes, technical tools, licensing and commercials



Fri 15 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

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

Workshop – inc. processes, technical tools, licensing and commercials



Thu 14 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Standards users (those who aren’t involved in standards making)

Workshop – inc. processes and technical tools



Wed 13 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Developers, including those in Open Source communities

Workshop – inc. processes, technical tools and licensing



Tue 12 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

Standards makers (experts in TCs or WGs)

Workshop – inc. processes and licensing



Mon 11 Oct 2021 from 10am to 12pm CET

General public

Info session – project summary




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