The OpenChain WorkGroup’s mission is to “provide a baseline process that can be customized as companies and developers see fit,” according to the Linux Foundation. “It will initially provide a set of guidelines that is intended to be used as a basis for monitoring and developing compliance programs. OpenChain will leverage existing best practices in the Linux ecosystem such as Debian, as well as compatible formats with the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX).”
Assuring greater compliance with open source software licenses is also part of the rationale behind the OpenChain WorkGroup. In that way, the initiative complements the Linux Foundation’s hosting of FOSSology.