Open Process Handbook Initiative

Working Groups

The Open Process Handbook Initiative has been organized in three working groups. During the period 2003-06, these groups developed detailed plans for the legal, technical, and organizational aspects of sharing business knowledge and related software tools as part of the initiative.

Licensing Led by Marshall Van Alstyne and Thomas Malone

This group developed plans for an innovative license agreement that would allow either free use if the users makes their contributions publicly available or paid use if users want to sell their contributions or keep them private (see draft license terms). After substantial discussion, however, the OPHI decided to proceed with a standard Apache 2.0 license. For more information, email Marshall Van Alstyne.

Software Led by John Quimby and Steve Norris

This group is developing the core architectural approach and control procedures for the software used to view, modify, and otherwise use the business knowledge being developed by the initiative. The group currently has a draft description of the architectural approach. For more information or to contribute, email John Quimby.

Content Led by George Herman and Jintae Lee

This group is developing the core approach and control procedures for the business knowledge being developed in the initiative. The group currently has a draft description of the content control approach. For more information or to contribute, email George Herman.


People from the following organizations have participated in the initiative: Boston University, Harvard University, IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Phios Corporation, Syracuse University, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, and University of Zurich (Switzerland).