Support plan summary for 2021: LF Energy

Support to be provided by: Steve Winslow <>

For the projects described below, the following actions will be performed:

  1. Run recurring scans, on the schedule described below, of the project’s codebases using Fossology

  2. Analyze and clear licenses, notices, and copyright statements contained in the project codebases

  3. Publish SPDX documents with the license conclusions and copyright statements at (or a similar public location), for broader community use in their own compliance processes

  4. Produce summary reports for project leads / maintainers, with limited public visibility (or optionally public at the project’s discretion) with the following:

    1. catalog and summary of licenses detected, categorized, and identifying corresponding files

    2. description of key findings, particularly relating to incompatibility with project licenses and project IP policies

    3. recommendations for remediation where necessary

    4. guidance for best practices to improve project licensing notices and add statements to files without existing notices

  5. Correspond with developers to address questions about findings, where possible without providing legal advice (see “Notes” section below)

  6. Upon request from the project, up to approximately two times per year (such as prior to significant releases), assist with formal IP policy approvals under the project’s charter:

    1. document the license scan findings as “license exceptions” for approval by the Governing Board or technical leadership committee, as applicable

    2. prepare summary slide deck describing the requested exceptions

    3. present to project Legal Committee or similar leadership body to describe the requested exceptions and facilitate approvals under the charter

Stretch goals: will perform where feasible, subject to available resources and time:

  1. Run “red flag” pre-intake scans, for net new projects:

    1. Run Fossology scan of the incoming codebase, prior to importing into a project-controlled repository

    2. Identify any “red flag” or “high priority” issues that would be likely to present a significant problem for license compatibility

    3. Correspond with developers regarding these issues where remediation is recommended

  2. Parallel to Fossology scans, also run dependency scans using WhiteSource:

    1. review and clear scanning results, researching potentially concerning findings as appropriate;

    2. flag key issues to the project leads / maintainers;

    3. work towards providing standardized reports of all dependencies; and

    4. work towards providing vulnerability findings as part of results.

Note that WhiteSource has recently been incorporated into the license scanning workflow, so some of this functionality will be subject to the continued development of the scanning workflow automation.


Dependencies on other LF and project teams

Covered projects and schedule of scans

NOTE: during the TAC meeting on Dec. 8, 2020, it was stated that not all projects’ source code is currently available. It is possible that the schedule below may be adjusted to accommodate sizing or changes in timing for when the full code base is available.

Cycle 1: January, April, July, October

Cycle 2: February, May, August, November

Cycle 3: March, June, September, December


  1. Screenshots from example SPDX document

  2. Screenshots from example scan report for developers

  3. Screenshots from example board decks

Exhibit 1

Screenshots from example SPDX document

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Exhibit 2

Screenshots from example scan report for developers

Key findings and recommended actions:

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Summary of findings:

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Screenshots from example board decks

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