FINOS: Friday Update Newsletter - 14 August 20

August 14, 2020




14 august 20

We hope you are all staying safe (and sane) during these times.

Read below to keep up to date with the many activities happening at FINOS.


ossf call for PAPERS (SPEAKERS)

We announced recently the Open Source Strategy Forum (OSSF) will be virtual, and scheduled for November 12th & 13th this year. 

Our 2020 CFP is open until August 30th. We welcome talks on a wide range of topics relevant to open source in financial services, such as:

    • FINOS project or standard
    • Non-FINOS OSS project or standard
    • Legal, compliance, and policy
    • Tooling, training, and best practices
    • Strategy and value (business or technical)
    • Community Engagement
    • Opportunities for collaboration in finance (e.g. regulation)

If you have a talk / or an idea for a talk that would resonate with our audience in one of these topics, please fill out the CFP form here on the conference website.


finos ALL community call

Register here and join us September 10, 2020 at 11am ET / 4pm BST to hear about FINOS projects, upcoming events, new initiatives, and lots of ways to engage with the FINOS community.

You can see agenda topics and even suggest new ones directly at Some of the items we’ll be covering include:

    • An update on Q3 focus projects
    • Walkthrough of our new governance
    • Top tips on key tools and processes for FINOS project maintainers and lead maintainers
    • Discussion on community key performance indicators (KPIs)


Dov Katz, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, and Chair for FINOS recently keynoted at a webinar entitled: "Open Source in Financial Services in Israel - Has the Time Come?", discussing FINOS and accelerating innovation in financial services through the adoption of open source.

Here is Dov's keynote from that event




Each quarter the FINOS Governing Board identifies quarterly focus projects to receive extra support from the FINOS team. Here are updates on some of those projects:

Security Reference Data

We’ve recently seen significant progress within the FINOS Security Reference Data project and think this could be a good time for others to get involved. The SecRef project has put together a proposal, with input from several different organizations, to develop an open source cloud-based solution to map securities and issuer IDs. Doing this once collaboratively has the potential to significantly reduce the costs and effort of maintaining this individually. This deck provides more info on the proposal.

There is a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th at 11am ET/ 4pm BST where Sailesh Pandey of Nomura, as well as other project participants, will present the proposal. Join to learn more about the project and feel free to forward this to the most appropriate individual(s) in your organization.



Join us next Thursday, August 20th at 9am ET/ 2pm BST for the monthly Alloy General meeting. Hear about the progress that's been made in the Alloy Pilot working groups, and get an update on what's next as we approach the Open Sourcing of Alloy Studio in September.




Check out “This Week at FINOS”, our weekly email arriving in your inbox every Monday, for a full list of meetups, webinars, and FINOS open source project meetings.

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Grab a Calendar Invite - OSR Panel Guest Speaker: August 19 - "Why Your OSPO Needs To Invest in More than Compliance" - Nithya Ruff, Head, Open Source Readiness Office, Comcast

Register - Meetup: August 26th - "The Unexpected Story of NearForm - From OSS Mavericks to Launching the World’s Most Successful COVID-19 Contact Tracing App" -Ger O’Shaughnessy, Head of Propositions & Conor O’Neill, Chief Product Officer, both of NearForm 

Register: September 10th - "FINOS All Community Call" - The FINOS Team + Community Members


PAST events

Meetup Video & Slides: July 29th - "A Solid Foundation for Fintech" - Alan Clark, SUSE

Open Source Readiness Video & Slides: July 22nd - "Understanding Copyleft" - Aaron Williamson, OSR Lead

Meetup Podcast: July 1st - "Debunking Common Fears about Open Source" - Danese Cooper, Nearform

With each Virtual "Meetup", we've done a deeper dive with the speaker in our FINOS Open Source in Fintech Podcast. This podcast is now available on our website, but also on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and



This Week at FINOS Blog: See what is happening at FINOS each week.

FINOS Project Catalog: Search all of our Projects and Working Groups.

Project Meeting Calendar: Scroll through the calendar to find a meeting to join.

Project Status Dashboard: See a live snapshot of our community contributors and activity.

EventsCheck out our upcoming events or email if you'd like to partner with us or have an event idea.

FINOS Virtual "Meetups" Videos & Slides: In April of this year, we started a series of virtual "meetups" based around the FINOS Community and projects, since we can't all be in the same room right now.

FINOS Open Source in Fintech Podcasts: We also started one of the first open source in Fintech and banking podcasts for deeper dives on our virtual "meetup" topics.


Interested in FINOS open source projects? Click the link below to see how to get involved in the FINOS Community.

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~ The FINOS Team