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IEEE SA appoints Silona Bonewald as Executive Director to lead IEEE SA Open -

IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organisation, and IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) has announced Silona Bonewald as Executive Director to lead IEEE SA Open, a comprehensive platform offering the open source community cost-effective options for developing and validating their projects. IEEE SA will present IEEE SA Open, now available for use by developers globally, at the SCaLE 18X open source and free software conference, March 5-8, 2020, at the Pasadena (California) Convention Center.

Bonewald joins IEEE SA Open after serving as vice president of community architecture at Hyperledger, a global open source collaborative effort hosted by The Linux Foundation, where she integrated leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things (IoT), supply chains, and manufacturing. Other notable career accomplishments include, while with PayPal, pioneering the InnerSource process; for Siemens AG, creating a cutting-edge and Six Sigma-compliant e-commerce website; and for Ubisoft, creating an international content management system (CMS) architecture.

IEEE SA Open is intended to address common challenges faced by the open-source development community, such as lack of relevant engagement in projects, solution incompatibility, and complexity around intellectual property (IP) licensing. IEEE SA Open development projects are underway in diverse areas of technology development. IEEE SA Open provides community management, DevOps infrastructure, and governance, along with a growing set of templates and guides—thus supporting and strengthening the collaboration, growth, and sustainability of open source communities and their projects. IEEE SA Open conveys to individuals and organisations the benefits of neutral, third-party administration, and unique service add-ons utilizing the skills of more than 422,000 IEEE members in over 160 countries.

Utilising a customised offering of the proven, stable, and easy-to-use GitLab software, IEEE SA Open leverages the globally recognised expertise of IEEE in technical publishing by adding the option of supplementing technical publications with open source code that implements the published research results.

IEEE SA Open offers a variety of à la carte support services. For example, comprehensive fiscal sponsorship for mission-based humanitarian projects is available through the Collaborative Open Innovation Lab Fund (COIL), which is a joint activity of IEEE SA and the IEEE Foundation.

Development, quality assurance, maintenance, and documentation support are also available. With the addition of IEEE SA Open, IEEE SA avails developers proven mechanisms throughout the lifecycle of incubating promising technologies—including research, open source, standardization, and go-to-market services.

The addition of open source to the IEEE SA collaboration platform is a key milestone in the organisation’s ongoing transformation and expansion into new business and industry sectors. IEEE SA Open is intended to bridge the gap between standards developers and other open technical communities to enable nimble and creative technical solutions.

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