About

In 2021, the open source movement will be celebrating several important milestones, including the 20th Anniversary of Wikipedia and Creative Commons, as well as the 30th Anniversary of Linux and the World Wide Web.

Celebrating Anniversaries is much more than just throwing a party. It is also an opportunity to look back in history, to reevaluate the mission and values, and to build a new future for an organization or community.

With that in mind, Open Anniversary aims to provide an innovative and inclusive platform for the community to remember, celebrate, and reimagine the open source movement.

Schedule

The 2021 Open Anniversary celebrations will revolve around 12 themes, one for each month of the year. A major milestone was selected for each theme. For example: the first month, January, will be dedicated to celebrating "Free Culture," when both Wikipedia and Creative Commons share their 20th Anniversary. The themes and corresponding milestones are briefly presented below:

  • Free Culture (January): 20 years of Wikipedia and Creative Commons;
  • Open Source (February): Open Source Initiative was founded;
  • Open Business (March): Red Hat celebrates its Anniversary;
  • Open Government (April): 15 years of the Sunlight Foundation (legacy);
  • Open Knowledge (May): 25 years of the Internet Archive and 20 years of the Wayback Machine;
  • Open Hardware (June): Open Source Hardware Association was established;
  • Open Education (July): Open Educational Resources was presented;
  • Open Web (August): 30 years of the first website and public announcement of the WWW;
  • Linux (September): 30 years of Linux, initial release (version 0.0.1);
  • Free Software (October): Free Software Foundation was founded;
  • Open Access (November): 35 years of Aaron Swartz (in memory of);
  • Open Data (December): Open public data was defined.

Participation

For each of the 12 Anniversary themes, there will be a variety of activities, including webinars and community meetups (in compliance with local public health guidelines).

The prime attraction for each theme will be a collection of interactive timelines. For example, in January there will be the "Free Culture" timeline featuring Creative Commons and Wikipedia.

Members of the community will be able to upvote milestones from the main timeline to highlight which ones they believe were most important. They will also be able to create and share their own personal timelines.

While each month will be focused on a theme, community members will be able to participate in activities and share timelines from each theme throughout the whole year.

All activities should adopt a code of conduct that contributes to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community. The Open Anniversary platform itself will be adopting the Contributor Covenant, version 2.0 code of conduct and the content created by authors will be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license.

Sponsorship

Companies from around the world are invited to be part of the celebrations by sponsoring one or more Anniversary themes. Sponsorship values range from $250 to $1000, valid for the whole year of 2021. Companies sponsoring all 12 themes receive a 20% discount. Sponsorships will be transparently managed by fiscal host Open Source Collective 501(c)(6).

Please download the Sponsorship Prospectus.

Bronze Sponsor: $250

  • Small logo image displayed on the Anniversary theme page;
  • Company timeline featured on the theme page (when selected).

Silver Sponsor: $500

  • Medium logo image displayed on the Anniversary theme page;
  • Company timeline featured on the theme page (when selected);
  • Activities promoted by company are highlighted.

Gold Sponsor: $1000

  • Large logo image displayed on the Anniversary theme page;
  • Company timeline featured on the theme page (when selected);
  • Activities promoted by company are highlighted;
  • Company name displayed on the weekly newsletter.

Contact

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