View The Value of a Common Foundation 2.0  (English PDF)
El Valor de una Fundación Comunitaria 2.0 (en Español PDF)

La Valeur d'une Fondation "Open" 2.0 (en Français PDF)

The initial document, published in April 2012  The Value of a Common Foundation: The Case for Apereo 1.0 (English PDF)


The Apereo Foundation is a vibrant and value-driven organization. Apereo has a noteworthy history celebrating two strong organizations, the Sakai Foundation and Jasig. Most significantly, our incubation process - reshaped after considerable community consultation -  helps software communities on the path to sustainable innovation. Incubation benefits both open source software communties, and adopters of open source software. Incubation provides structured support for the early stages of an open source software community, helping to develop management of intellectual property, and guidance and experience of developing a sustaining community. For adopters of open source software, incubation provides transparency for the steps an open source software community has taken to ensure clean intellectual property and effective governance.

As part of the process of exploring a potential merger of the Sakai Foundation and Jasig, the two organizations produced a joint statement of core common values. This statement is available from this page, together with pieces exploring the benefits of open source software in both general terms, and in the specific context of education.

Benefits and Value of Open Source Software

The Value of Open Source Software
Read about the value of Open Source Software (OSS) as part of the modern IT solutions landscape.

The Value of Open Source Software for Education
Read about the specific importance of OSS to educational institutions, and the role of open source in supporting collaborative and cost effective innovation.