Linux Tutorial: Introduction to SPDX

The goal of this specification is to enable companies and organizations to share license and component information (metadata) for software package and related content with the aim of facilitating license and other policy compliance. SPDX is a Linux Foundation working group (part of the Open Compliance Program) and encourages participation by anyone interested. For access to the SPDX SPEC and more information visit

About Phil Odence

Phil Odence is the Vice President of Business Development at Black Duck Software, the premier supplier of solutions for managing the use of open source components in software development. He is responsible for the company's partnership program and relationships with the software development, open source and legal communities. Phil also chairs the Linux Foundation’s SPDX workgroup developing standards for exchanging package license information.

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The Linux Foundation offers hands-on training from compliance experts for individuals and companies responsible for achieving compliance with open source licenses and establishing an open source compliance program, as well as for those who simply want to learn more about compliance. Options available include live onsite training in addition to instructor-led live remote training. A certificate is provided to all who complete the training.



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