I know this has been in the works for a while, but I see over on the MOF blog that Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 has been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license. From the post:
One of the first things people realize when looking at implementing a service management framework, whether it is ITIL, MOF, or another, is that they must not only be adopted but also adapted to your individual organization’s needs. You have to decide which of the described processes are relevant to your requirements and to what depth to apply them. this is true whether you are a consultant trying to make a living assisting others in their implementations, or a IT Manager trying to decide how improve upon your organization’s existing change control.
MOF 4.0 now fully supports this need for flexibility and the ability to remix, adapt, and shuffle the content with the adoption of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. This license allows you to freely Share (copy, distribute, or transmit) any of the MOF content and Remix (adapt) that content to suit your needs. For a full legal explanation of the terms of the license, please refer to the Creative Commons website.
Let us know how you take advantage of this as we’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
This is awesome news, and I know that community participation is a huge focus of the MOF team (especially through their online community).
Microsoft also has some tools that will make it easy to license your own content as Creative Commons:
These add-ins enables you to embed Creative Commons licenses directly into Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. How cool is that? I love working at Microsoft 🙂