The Linux non-profit Foundation has announced the creation and formation of the Open Metaverse Foundation (OMF) with the goal of working to create open source standards for the metaverse.
According to the announcement, several leading organizations and open source communities have joined as charter members to support efforts to make this vision a reality.
These include the ChainHub Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Futurewei, GenXP, Guangdong Digital Industry Research Institute, Hyperledger Foundation, LF Edge, LF Networking, OpenSDV, Open Voice Network, Veriken, and others.
“We’re still in the early days of seeing the open metaverse, and we recognize that many open source communities and organizations are working on key pieces of this iterative puzzle,” said Royal O’Brien, OMF Executive Director.
The announcement highlights that the Open Metaverse Foundation is organized into Primary Interest Groups (FIGs) that allow for a focused and distributed decision-making structure for key topics.
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FIGs provide resources and forums aimed at identifying new ideas, implementing work and integrating new collaborators.
It is composed of members from specific disciplines committed to developing projects or technologies that are scalable within their topic, as well as ensuring code ownership for each specific sub-part of the projects (eg, GitHub.org, repository, subdirectory, API, test, issue, PR ) are processed and managed.
The eight constituent interest groups of the OMF are:
- digital assets
- Simulations and virtual worlds
- Artificial intelligence
- Security and privacy
- Legal and politics
“We’re just beginning to see the potential of the metaverse. OMF brings the Linux Foundation’s proven open development model to this complex and exciting new opportunity,” said Daniela Barbosa, CEO of the Hyperledger Foundation.
OMF members hope that the applicable standards can be used by all developers working on metaverse-oriented software and hardware.