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Baden-Württembergischer Genossenschaftsverband e.V. (BWGV)

Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V. (BITMI)
The BWGV - Baden-Württembergischer Genossenschaftsverband (association of cooperatives in Baden-Württemberg) is one of the largest and most influential economic organizations in the southwest of Germany. The BWGV is the registered auditing entity for all its member enterprises. All of the member businesses share the cooperative structure as their common denominator. This includes banks (Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken) and agricultural cooperatives (Raiffeisen cooperatives) as well as cooperatives in trade, craftsmanship, energy and services. In addition to representing and promoting its members' interests, the BWGV provides cross-sector advocacy, education and expert support on legal, tax related and economic questions. OSADL was accepted BWGV member as a prerequisite for being incorporated as cooperative in 2006.

The BWGV is fostering cooperatives with special regard to providing platforms for Open Innovation between companies as recently reported in an article about digitalization and cooperatives published on the BWGV Homepage: Ländle 4.0 - Digitalisierung und Genossenschaften (article only available in German language).

A more recent article stresses the mechanisms how cooperatives help to cope with the change of paradigm from analog to digital information technologies: Digitalisierung hilft sich selbst: Die Philosophie der OSADL eG (article only available in German language).

At the end of July 2017, Baden-Wuerttemberg's minister of science Theresia Bauer visited OSADL in Heidelberg together with Dr. Eckhardt Ott, Chairman of DGRV - Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V. (German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Association) and Dr. Roman Glaser, President of BWGV. Learn more about the visit in the GenoGraph article Ministerin besucht Open-Innovation-Genossenschaft (article only available in German language).

Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V. (BITMi) - The Federal Association of IT-SMEs of Germany

Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V. (BITMI)

The Federal Association of IT-SMEs of Germany (BITMI) represents the interests of more than 1.000 IT-enterprises on the national and European level and therefore is the only information technology industry association which exclusively represents the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Germany. In BITMi, direct members as well as associated regional and professional associations of medium-sized enterprises from the IT sector are joint together.

CAN in Automation (CiA) GmbH


CAN in Automation (CiA) is the non-profit CiA international users’ and manufacturers’ group supporting Controller Area Network (CAN). The aim was to provide an unbiased platform for future developments of the CAN protocol and to promote the image of CAN.

Founded in March 1992, the CAN community nowadays counts more than 600 member companies worldwide. CiA members develop and publish CiA specifications, which cover physical layer definitions as well as application layer and device profile descriptions. Representatives of CiA actively support international standardization of CAN protocols.

Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse Foundation

In September 2013, OSADL was accepted Associate Member of the Eclipse Foundation.

What is Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation? Eclipse is a community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software. Its projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle.

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services. The Foundation also facilitates collaboration among Foundation members through Eclipse Working Groups. The collaboration is intended to focus, promote, and augment Eclipse technologies to meet the needs of specific industries.

More information is available at

Kompetenznetzwerk Mechatronik e.V.

Competence Network on Mechatronics

The registered association "Competence Network on Mechatronics" in Göppingen, Germany, was founded in 2001. Members are manufacturers of mechatronic devices, automation companies, schools, high schools and universities, private and public research organizations, and IT and finance service providers. The primary goal of the "Competence Network on Mechatronics" is to improve the communication between the members on the latest progress in mechatronics.

The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation

In May 2010, OSADL was accepted Silver Member of the Linux Foundation.

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by hosting important workgroups, events and online resources such as More information is available at

Open Invention Network (OIN)

Open Invention Network (OIN)

OSADL has been OIN Licensee since 2012.
The Open Invention Network is a shared defensive patent pool with the mission to protect Linux. For more information, please contact