Open Source Initiative API Connector

A connector to the API maintained by the Open Source Initiative <>, which provides machine-readable metadata about a variety of open source software licenses.

Author: Oliver Keyes
License: MIT
Status: Stable

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osi is a simple package to connect to the Open Source Initiative's API from R. It contains functions for:

  1. Retrieving metadata about open source licenses;
  2. Extracting values from said metadata;
  3. Retrieving the actual plaintext versions of licenses covered by the API.

For more information, see the accompanying vignette!

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

For the most recent version, on CRAN:


For the development version:



  • R. Doy.
  • httr and its dependencies.


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0.1.0 by Oliver Keyes, 2 years ago

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Depends on httr

Suggests testthat, knitr, rmarkdown

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