Aims of The OSSG


Open Source software development has risen to prominence in the last decade; mostly due to the success of the Linux kernel. Often controversial, this practice offers a radically different approach to the production of software. Although based on the same principles of software engineering that have been around for decades, open source development has a more humanistic approach in which the source code is the most valuable artifact.

The BCS Open Source Specialist Group exists to help demystify open source practice and its implications, to illuminate the pros and cons of open source and to act as a centre of expertise within the BCS. Through lively debate, presentations and leading by example, we aim to showcase the potential of open source software development and the impact it may have on software engineering in the future.

Aims of the OSSG

The BCS Open Source Specialist Group aims to:

  • Educate and inform members and the wider audience of Open Source and its implications
  • Provide a reliable, honest and independent view of Open Source
  • Encourage debate and examination of Open Source practice
  • Reduce professional uncertainty around the subject of Open Source
  • Act as a centre of expertise for BCS use


A printable version of our constitution is available here