Linux Foundation launches Open Metaverse Foundation to move metaverse from promise to reality through collaboration and development of open source software and standards


The new Open Metaverse Foundation lays the groundwork for practical and powerful progress in building inclusive, global and evolving worlds together. The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization whose goal is to drive innovation through open source, created the Open Metaverse Foundation (OMF), whose mission is to provide a space for the collaboration of different industries to work on the development of open source software and standards for an inclusive, global, vendor-neutral and scalable metaverse.

Many leading open source organizations and communities have joined the founding members in supporting efforts to realize this vision. These include ChainHub Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Futurewei, GenXP, Guangdong Digital Industry Research Institute, Hyperledger Foundation, LF Edge, LF Networking, from OpenSDV, Open Voice Network and Veriken, among others. Together, these players bring years of knowledge and experience to address initiatives spanning artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and edge computing, digital assets, transactions, identity, networking, simulations, security and more.

We are only in the early days of the vision for an open metaverse, and we recognize that many open source communities and foundations are working on critical pieces of this iterative puzzle,” said Royal O’Brien, CEO. “While challenges may seem daunting, I am energized by the possibilities of collaborating with a large global community to bring these pieces together and turn this vision into reality.

OMF’s main interest groups

The Open Metaverse Foundation is organized into Key Interest Groups (FIGs) that allow for a targeted and distributed decision-making structure on key topics. FIGs provide targeted resources and forums for identifying new ideas, completing work, and onboarding new contributors. They consist of members from specific disciplines who are dedicated to advancing projects or emerging technologies in their field and ensuring that code ownership of each identifiable subset of projects (eg, GitHub.org, repositories , sub-directory, API, test, problem, RP) is processed and managed. The eight main interest groups of the OMF are:

  1. User
  2. transactions
  3. digital assets
  4. Simulations and virtual worlds
  5. Artificial intelligence
  6. Networking
  7. Security and privacy
  8. Legal and political

Supporting quotes:

Taylor DolezalEcosystem Lead, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
The Metaverse offers exciting opportunities by revolutionizing the way we interact and engage, but it comes with huge technical challenges. Through the power of open innovation, the Open Metaverse Foundation will encourage collaboration and community building to deliver on this promise. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation looks forward to bringing its deep expertise to evolve cloud computing technologies and infrastructure to meet these challenges. Together, we will build a truly open and accessible virtual world in which everyone can participate.

Annie LaiHead of Open Source Operations and Marketing, Futurewei
Our industry needs innovation through open source-driven interoperability and open standards to fulfill the promise of the metaverse—if we are to build something that benefits everyone—as was the case with early architectures. from the Internet. Futurewei believes in the power of open source and open collaboration, and we are excited to engage in building the Open Metaverse Foundation community to expand the initiatives we already have underway at XR. , Web3, mobile games and more.

Vince McMullinCEO, GenXP
Metaverse is not an expensive VR headset. These are not NFTs. It’s not about Web3 either. Metaverse is an open set of data standards that enables shared, accessible, and continuous 3D experiences. The Open Metaverse Foundation provides a vehicle for industry and community-wide collaboration to develop open standards and open source implementations for an open metaverse. As a leader in providing tools and technologies, we enable new and extraordinary ways to experience, engage and excite our users through interactive and immersive 3D experiences. GenXP is pleased to join the Foundation to help make these experiences possible.“.

Daniela BarbosaExecutive Director of the Hyperledger Foundation and Managing Director of Blockchain and Identity, Linux Foundation.
We are just beginning to see the potential of the metaverse. The impact of the combination of Internet of Things and value will be huge if we work together to build open, scalable and decentralized technologies. OMF brings the Linux Foundation’s proven open development model to this complex but exciting new opportunity and provides the companies and developers who shape it with a neutral home to realize their vision. The Hyperledger Foundation’s expertise and technologies in distributed ledgers and digital trust will be critical to this effort.

Ranny HaibyTechnical Director, Network, Peripheral and Access Technologies, Linux Foundation
The Metaverse presents unprecedented challenges for edge computing and networking. We hope that the Open Metaverse Foundation will become the platform for defining the required technological solutions. Industry-wide collaboration is the only way to engage in such complex projects. The LF Edge and Networking communities are well positioned to deliver the open source technologies defined by the Open Metaverse Foundation. We look forward to a close collaboration with the new foundation and foresee many possible synergies between it and our projects.“.

Jon StineExecutive Director, Open Voice Network
At the heart of the Open Metaverse Foundation is bringing together a diverse range of industry experts and open source communities to take the metaverse concept from promise to reality, ensuring it delivers an amazing and immersive experience for all users. It’s about providing optimal choice, a rich development ecosystem, security and ease of use. That’s why the Open Voice Network—a Linux Foundation community that develops open standards and ethical usage guidelines for the metaverse’s inevitable interface, conversational AI—is excited to partner with the Open Metaverse Foundation.

Chris ClasonFounder and CEO, Veriken
Metaverse will drive demand for innovative digital products while providing the frameworks to connect creators directly with consumers, paving the way 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 digital commerce and proprietary standards needed to accelerate the initial adoption of the metaverse and protect the long-term interests of all stakeholders, including consumers, individual artists, and businesses. .

Source: OpenMV

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