Terms of Use

We are committed to provide all users the most satisfying and safest experience possible and will act accordingly. We expect all users, including community members and visitors, to do the same. If you cannot meet the requirements or disagree with the Terms of Use, do not use our Services and deactivate your Account.

These Terms of Use apply to your use of all of the websites that OpenReference Initiative operates, including OpenReference (, and OpenDevelopment ( (the “Websites”), as well as the products, information, and services provided through the Websites.

Read our License page to learn more about using OpenReference content.

The Terms in Short

Part of our mission is to:

  • Develop and share a standard language for business (the 'OpenReference'). OpenReference is Open Standards for anyone to access, use, modify, and share — subject to measures that preserve provenance and Openness.
  • Disseminate this content effectively and globally, free of charge.

You are free to:

  • Read and Print our articles and other media free of charge.
  • Share and Reuse our articles and other media under free and open licenses.
  • Contribute To and Edit our various sites or Projects.

Under the following conditions:

  • Responsibility – You take responsibility for your edits (since we only host your content).
  • Civility – You support a civil environment and do not harass other users.
  • Lawful Behavior – You do not violate Copyright or other laws.
  • No Harm – You do not harm our technology infrastructure.
  • Terms of Use and Policies – You adhere to the below Terms of Use and to the applicable community policies when you visit our sites or participate in our communities.

With the understanding that:

  • You Freely License Your Contributions – you generally must license your contributions and edits to our sites or Projects under a free and open license (unless your contribution is in the public domain).
  • No Professional Advice – the content of articles and other projects is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

The Full Terms

For a complete understanding of our terms of use review the full license.