The more members Validos has, the more useful the co-operation is for its members. Therefore, Validos is open for new companies and organisations.
The benefits and terms of the membership have been presented in a document approved by the association. The document is maintained by the Board of the association. The general benefits are:
- access to Validos knowledge base (the validation results and documents of open source software packages),
- the possibility to order validation work (the membership fee contains a minimum amount of work which can be flexibly used during a six month’s period),
- access to Validos' member meetings: the members discuss, for example, matters relating to Validos and open source compliance in general, and
- membership can be terminated at any time.
The membership fee is based on the turnover of the company and it includes an amount of compliance work which can be used during a six month period. Thus each member contributes to the knowledge base at the heart of the co-operation. The membership fees are the following:
Validos is governed by its members and no single member has the power to make decisions or nominate board members alone. The board is elected by the members of the association. As Validos is a Finnish registered association, its operations are based on the Finnish Association Act 503/1989 and the by-laws of the association. In addition, the board decides on membership benefits and terms.
The members of Validos are companies and other organisations who are benefitting from open source software in their activities. Validos offers means to manage and increase the benefits of open source and thus increase the effectiveness of each member.
The current members are (October 2016):
In Validos it has been decided that in early stages focus is on legal validation of software components. Legal knowledge is typically missing from open source projects and it is thereby needed the most. One possible further development plan is adding technical validation (including data protection) in to the same operations model. There are also other possibilities.
A starting point for the cooperation is that all the validations are made on request of the members. That means that the members request validations according to their needs and they can also decide how thoroughly those are made. The results are published for all the members.