Linux Foundation Forms Open Metaverse Foundation
January 25, 2023
Linux Foundation has formed the Open Metaverse Foundation (OMF) with a
mission to provide a collaboration space for diverse industries to work on
developing open source software and standards for an inclusive, global,
vendor-neutral and scalable Metaverse.
The Open Metaverse Foundation is organized into Foundational Interest Groups (FIGs) that enable a focused, distributed decision structure for key topics. FIGs provide targeted resources and forums for the identification of new ideas, getting work done and onboarding new contributors. They are comprised of members from specific disciplines committed to advancing projects or scalable technologies within their topic as well as ensuring that code ownership of every identifiable subpart of projects (e.g., GitHub.org, repository, subdirectory, API, test, issue, PR) is addressed and managed.
The eight Foundational Interest Groups of OMF are:
3. Digital Assets
4. Simulations and Virtual Worlds
5. Artificial Intelligence
7. Security and Privacy
8. Legal and Policy
Learn more about the Open Metaverse Foundation by visiting the
website or contacting us. Connect with the community on Discord, and join
the community at upcoming events, including the Open Source Summit North
America, May 10-12 in Vancouver.
Metaverse brings exciting possibilities in revolutionizing the way we
interact and engage, but with it comes immense technical challenges. Through
the power of open innovation, the Open Metaverse Foundation will foster
collaboration and community-driven development to realize this promise. The
Cloud Native Computing Foundation looks forward to contributing its deep
expertise to evolve cloud technologies and infrastructure in tackling these
challenges. Together, we'll build a truly open, accessible virtual world,
where anyone can participate."
“Our industry needs innovation through interoperability driven
by open source and open standards to realize the promise of the Metaverse—if
we’re to build something that benefits everyone—just as was the case with
the early architecting of the Internet. Futurewei believes in the power of
open source and open collaboration, and we’re excited to engage in building
the Open Metaverse Foundation community to extend initiatives we already
have underway in XR, Web3, mobile gaming and more.”
"The Metaverse isn't some expensive VR headset. It isn't NFTs.
It isn't even Web3. The Metaverse is an open set of data standards that
enables shared, accessible, persistent 3D experiences. The Open Metaverse
Foundation provides a vehicle for industry-wide, community driven
collaboration to develop open standards and open source implementations for
an open Metaverse. As leaders in delivering tools and technology, we enable
new and extraordinary ways to experience, engage and excite our users
through interactive, immersive 3D experiences. GenXP is excited to join the
Foundation to help make these experiences possible.”
"We are just starting to see the potential of the Metaverse. The
impact of combining the Internet of place and value will be enormous if we
work together to build open, scalable, decentralized technologies. The OMF
brings the proven Linux Foundation open development model to this complex
but exciting new opportunity and gives the companies and developers shaping
it a neutral home to fulfill their vision. Hyperledger Foundation's
distributed ledger and digital trust expertise and technologies will be
critical building blocks for the effort."
“The Metaverse is presenting unprecedented challenges for edge
computing and networks. We expect the Open Metaverse Foundation to become
the platform for defining the required technological solutions.
Industry-wide collaboration is the only way to embark on such complex
endeavors. The LF Edge and Networking communities are well suited to deliver
the open source technologies defined by the Open Metaverse Foundation. We
are looking forward to close collaboration with the new Foundation and
foresee many potential synergies between it and our projects.”
"At its core, the Open Metaverse Foundation is all about
bringing a diversity of industry experts and open source communities
together to transform the concept of the Metaverse from promise to reality,
while ensuring it delivers an amazing, immersive experience for all users.
This is about optimal choice, a rich development ecosystem, safety and ease
of use. That’s why the Open Voice Network – a Linux Foundation community
developing open standards and ethical use guidelines for the inevitable
interface for the metaverse, conversational AI – is delighted to link arms
with the Open Metaverse Foundation."
"The Metaverse will drive the demand for innovative digital products while providing the frameworks to connect creators directly with consumers, setting the stage for a disruptive opportunity not seen since the early days of the Internet. Veriken is excited to work with the Open Metaverse Foundation to create the open standards for digital commerce and property ownership necessary to accelerate the initial adoption of the Metaverse and protect the long term interests of all stakeholders, including consumers, individual artists and enterprises."