Lesser Open Bee License 1.3

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License is made for coordinator to develop project and allow participants to include associated works. It was originally developed and used for Bee-Plane project. It has been made public in order to develop community of open source projects within industry. Aeronautical players are not used to have open source projects. Open Source is now common in IT projects. We try to make it more common. A previous 1.2 version was used in 2012.

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Aeronautical R&D Projects under Lesser Open License 1.3

Bee-Plane TM

This project is using Bee-License 1.3 since 2013 and used 1.2 in 2012. First TRL is now achieved. In the first year, four universities have contributed to project. Project is in TRL2 in 2019.

Mini-Bee TM

Mini-Bee project started in January 2015. Active phase is TRL3. More than ten university are currently working on Mini-Bee project under Lesser Open Source License. Industrial partnerships have started.

ISO-Plane TM

ISO-Plane is a new patented project using Lesser Open Bee License. First Participants are Engineering schools and Technical Companies interested in the project.
Project is now using Lesser Open Bee License 1.3. In 2012, Tasks were managed with Lesser Open Bee License 1.2

Supply chain Projects under Lesser Open License 1.3

Project : www.inventorybigdata.com
Tools available on the web site for download are using Lesser Open Bee License 1.3

Develop Lesser Open Source in Industry

– Developp Open Source and Lesser Open Source in Industry, especially in aeronautical industry
– Use Lesser open source type license on projects with high level of investments and extended consortium
– Help creation of communities on technical projects (universities, technical firms, industrials)

Achieve High Level Innovative Projects

– Initiate new technologies and open innovation by sharing projects
– Participate to the development of Bee-Plane, mini-bee and related Projects

Developp Supply Chain IT Tools

– Spread tools and supply chain methodology by sharing knowledge

What is a lesser open source license ?

The main advantage of « lesser » open source licenses for industrial projects is that they provide more freedom and flexibility to use, modify, and distribute the software, which can lead to wider adoption and greater potential for impact within the industry.

There are several open source licenses that are considered « lesser » or « weaker » in terms of the freedoms and protections they provide to users. These include licenses such as the BSD 3-Clause License, the MIT License, and the Apache License 2.0.

The BSD 3-Clause License and the MIT License are both permissive licenses that allow users to use, modify, and distribute the software freely, but they do not require users to distribute the source code or to provide attribution to the original developers. This means that users can take the software, make changes, and distribute it without having to share their changes or give credit to the original developers.

The Apache License 2.0 is also a permissive license that allows users to use, modify, and distribute the software freely, but it does require users to include a copy of the license and to provide attribution to the original developers. In addition, the Apache License 2.0 has provisions that require users to indemnify the copyright holders and to limit their liability for any damages that may arise from the use of the software.

Overall, these « lesser » open source licenses are generally considered more permissive than « stronger » open source licenses like the GNU General Public License (GPL), which requires users to share any modifications they make to the software and to provide access to the source code when distributing the software.

Why you should join a collaborative project ?

There are several benefits to participating in a collaborative industrial project:

  1. Access to new markets and customers: Collaborating with other companies can allow you to tap into their customer base and expand your market reach.

  2. Sharing of resources and expertise: Working with other companies can allow you to leverage their resources and expertise, which can help you save time and money on your own projects.

  3. Innovation and problem-solving: Collaborating with other companies can stimulate creativity and innovation, as different perspectives and approaches can lead to new solutions to challenges.

  4. Risk management: Collaborating with other companies can help to spread the risk of a project, as multiple partners can share the costs and responsibilities.

  5. Enhanced reputation and credibility: Collaborating with reputable companies can enhance your own reputation and credibility, as it demonstrates your commitment to innovation and your ability to work effectively with others.

What are Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) ?

Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are a measure of the maturity of a particular technology, ranging from the basic principles of a concept to its integration into a finished product. The TRL scale is used to evaluate the readiness of a technology for a particular application or to assess the feasibility of a technology for a specific project.

The TRL scale typically ranges from TRL 0 to TRL 9, with each level representing a different stage of technology development. The definitions of each TRL level may vary slightly depending on the context, but generally, they are defined as follows:

TRL 0 : first design and project idea

TRL 1: Basic principles observed and reported

TRL 2: Technology concept and/or application formulated

TRL 3: Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof-of-concept

TRL 4: Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment

TRL 5: Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment

TRL 6: System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment (ground or space)

TRL 7: System prototype demonstration in a space environment

TRL 8: Actual system completed and « flight qualified » through test and demonstration (ground or space)

TRL 9: Actual system « flight proven » through successful mission operations

TRLs are used to assess the maturity and readiness of a technology for a particular application or project, and can help guide research and development efforts and identify potential risks and challenges. They are often used in the fields of engineering and technology, as well as in the development of new products or systems.

What is technology readiness level 0 (TRL0) ?

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 0 is not a formally defined level in the TRL scale. The TRL scale typically ranges from TRL 1 to TRL 9, with each level representing a different stage of technology development. TRL 1 represents the basic principles of a concept that have been observed and reported, while TRL 9 represents an actual system that has been « flight proven » through successful mission operations.

TRL 0 describes a technology or concept that is in the very early stages of development, before the basic principles have been observed and reported. Even if it is not a formal TRL level, the definitions and criteria for TRL 0 would depend on the specific context in which it is being used.

Why implement a colloborative project in early stage of product design ?

There are several reasons why it can be beneficial to implement a collaborative project in the early stages of product design:

  1. Improved communication and teamwork: Collaborative projects can help to facilitate better communication and teamwork among team members, which can lead to more efficient and effective decision-making and problem-solving.

  2. Enhanced creativity and innovation: Collaborative projects can bring together a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, which can lead to more creative and innovative solutions.

  3. Reduced risk and uncertainty: Collaborative projects can help to identify and address potential risks and uncertainties early on in the design process, which can reduce the likelihood of costly delays or failures later on.

  4. Increased competitiveness: By involving stakeholders and experts from a variety of disciplines, collaborative projects can help to ensure that a product is developed with the needs and preferences of the target market in mind, which can increase its competitiveness in the market.

Overall, implementing a collaborative project in the early stages of product design can help to improve the quality and success of the product, as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the design process.

Continuing from the discussion on the versatility and utility of BeeLicense.com, it’s crucial to understand how the Lesser Open Bee License 1.3 not only streamlines project coordination but also fosters a spirit of open innovation. By allowing participants to incorporate associated works into their projects under this license, BeeLicense.com facilitates a more dynamic and collaborative environment where innovation thrives across multiple industries, especially in the aeronautical sector.

The open source aspect of the license, coupled with the selective privacy of project contributions, creates a balanced ecosystem where intellectual property is respected while still promoting a free exchange of ideas and improvements. This dual approach helps in nurturing a community that values both transparency and confidentiality, essential for collaborative projects involving multiple stakeholders including universities, research institutions, and private enterprises.

Moreover, the practical implementation of BeeLicense.com within such projects as Bee-Plane and Mini-Bee showcases the potential of this platform to handle complex, multi-layered collaborative efforts. These projects, guided by the principles of the Lesser Open Bee License, have successfully navigated through various stages of technological readiness, benefiting from the collective expertise and resources of the network.

Looking forward, BeeLicense.com aims to expand its influence by engaging more partners and fostering an even larger community of innovators. The platform’s roadmap includes enhancements in user interface and experience, integration of more robust project management tools, and the introduction of new features that will simplify the complexities of managing large-scale collaborative projects. The goal is to make BeeLicense.com the go-to platform for managing licensed collaborative projects not just in aeronautics but across different sectors where innovation and cooperation are key to success.

In conclusion, BeeLicense.com stands as a testament to the power of structured yet flexible project management and licensing. It exemplifies how structured collaboration under a well-defined legal and operational framework can lead to successful outcomes in R&D and innovation. As we continue to develop and refine our platform, we invite industry leaders, innovators, and academics to join us in shaping the future of collaborative projects, ensuring that together, we advance with clarity, efficiency, and shared success.