The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that it has
formed an affiliate relationship with the Open Source Software Institute
(OSSI), a nonprofit organization that promotes the development of
software technologies within academic and government entities.
the relationship, OSSI has relocated its administrative offices
to Southern Miss' Hattiesburg campus from its former location in
delighted to establish a close working relationship with The University
of Southern Mississippi," OSSI founder and chairman John Weathersby
Jr. said. "We believe that by affiliating with Southern Miss,
we will benefit not only from access to the university's broad range
of academic assets, but from our association with its administrative
(501 c 6) organization composed of corporate, government and academic
representatives, OSSI was established to serve as a forum for the
exchange of information and promotion of ideals embodied in open-source
as a facilitator and coordinator of R&D projects, systems and
application evaluation and development and academic studies regarding
technical, policy, economic/market and legal aspects of open-source
Source is a 'must know' for producing cutting edge research graduates,"
said Dr. Angeline G. Dvorak, Southern Miss' vice president for Research
and Economic Development. "This affiliation positions our university
to provide greater opportunities for students and faculty, and to
build a network of open source application companies who partner
with Southern Miss."
said Southern Miss' "outstanding reputation as a research university"
was one of the primary reasons for the establishment of the affiliation.
He added: "But what really got our attention is Southern Miss'
experience at transcending research programs into successful development
and implementation programs. The prime example is its polymer research
program. We want to build a similar enterprise with our open-source
President Dr. Shelby Thames said the affiliation with OSSI is another
step toward realizing the university's goal of becoming an integral
partner to business and industry. "Our affiliation with OSSI
is a further example of how workforce development can lead to technological
development, which in turn leads to economic development."