Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Open Web Foundation Launched At OSCON

Every one knows that OSCON is going on now, but I could not make it to Oregon even though I wanted to do so. But I have been watching reading and hearing about the happenings at OSCON and I got this gem of an information this morning. David Recordon has announced the creation of the Open Web Foundation. The Open Web Foundation is an attempt to create a home for community-driven specifications. Following the open source model similar to the Apache Software Foundation, the foundation is aimed at building a lightweight framework to help communities deal with the legal requirements necessary to create successful and widely adopted specification, according to a post on the OWF site.

Looking little further, I found at skype journal this is how OWF will assist you and I in the future, bringing out that great ideas that we have been harboring in our heads in fear of big bad wolves.

  • Legal barriers. Great projects have been stalled for many quarters because contributions to their work product (designs, sample code, specification, etc.) were not cleared. OWF will host projects where all contributions are cleared up front. So the final product arrives unencumbered by patents, trademarks, and other claims.

  • Antisocial parents. It's not enough to reveal your great insight to the world. Throwing your newborn specification over the wall usually results in a stillborn flash in the pan. OpenWeb will help innovators foster community around their ideas. So the new product is "owned" by an open community, so it receives diverse and worldly inputs, and learns, adapts, and flourishes independent of its instigators. Ready to survive in the wild.
  • Startup Governance. To incorporate or not? Where? In what form? Who holds our IP? How do we take money? OpenWeb will help with this class of problem by sharing templates for organizing and being a corporate umbrella for select projects.

For those who couldn't be there, here is the presentation:

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