Licensing is what holds open source together, and ClearlyDefined takes the mystery out of projects’ licenses, copyright, and source location.
Fortunately, this open source challenge has an open source solution: ClearlyDefined.
ClearlyDefined is a crowdsourced, open source, Open Source Initiative (OSI) effort to gather, curate, and upstream/normalize data about open source components, such as license, copyright, and source location. This data is the cornerstone of reducing the friction in open source license compliance.
The premise behind ClearlyDefined is simple: we are all struggling to find and understand key information related to the open source we use—whether it is finding the license, knowing who to attribute, or identifying the source that goes with a particular package. Rather than struggling independently, ClearlyDefined allows us to collaborate and share the compliance effort. Moreover, the ClearlyDefined community seeks to upstream any corrections so future releases are more clearly defined and make conventions more explicit to improve community understanding of project intent.