LexisNexis Contributions to the Open Source Community

Open source contributions


Open source technology and solutions have changed the way organizations evolve. It has changed how people operate, compete and interact with customers, consumers, alliance partners and the outside world. It has become an important source of innovation by bringing people together to solve problems in business, government, academia, technology, and the consumer world. Open source tools have also become important to the research and university community, the very organizations that foster cutting-edge inventions, discoveries and new knowledge to advance society.

Wikipedia defines open source software (OSS) as “computer software that is available in source code form for which the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, and improve the software”.

Moreover, the Open Source Initiative, indicates that in order to be considered open source, software must also comply with terms around free redistribution, allowing derived works, not discriminating against persons, groups or fields of endeavor, not restricting other software and being technology neutral.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions supports the ideals of open source, and has a history of contributing to the Open Source community -- from our early support of Linux to our use of Apache and Eclipse, to more recent use of Drupal and Joomla.

LexisNexis’ commitment to the open source community is visible through our history of on-going activities such as:

  • Active participation in multiple open source projects including: GForge (free software fork of the web-based project-management and collaboration software originally created for SourceForge), and OpenStack (IaaS cloud computing project by Rackspace Cloud and NASA);
  • Standards based Software Development;
  • Use of open source software in solutions and products;
  • Ongoing LexisNexis application and infrastructure development initiatives soon to be released under an OSI approved Open Source License;
  • Monetary contributions and in-kind donations to several Open Source initiatives such as: Apache Software Foundation; CentOs Community; Free Software Foundation; Perl Software Foundation; and Linux Foundation;