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More and more software is being created using the open source methodology. The open source concept solves some problems traditionally addressed through the use of standards, but still relies on standards when it is put into practical use, as do other types of software. Organizations involved in open source projects are of many types, from W3C, which facilitates the creation of open source software based on the standards that it also creates, to the GNU Project, which promotes the GNU Public License, to various organizations which create or add to operating systems (like Linux) and applications (like To learn more about open source software, see: What does "Open" Mean? (A Guide to Open Source and Open Standards) and

To use this list, click on an organization's name to view a description of that organization and to access links that will take you to its homepage and (if relevant and available) its IPR policy.


.Net Foundation
Promotes open development and collaboration around the open source technologies for .NET

Apache XML Project
Developed and promoted freely available XML support on a variety of platforms *Project retired in 2012

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CodePlex Foundation
Hosts open source development projects and promotes code exchange among software companies and open source communities *Now OuterCurve Foundation

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Eclipse Foundation
Maintains an open-source community for building, deploying, and managing software

Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC)
Developed, advanced, and promoted Linux standards *Merged into the Linux Foundation

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Free Standards Group (FSG)
Developed and promoted standards through the use of open source software *Merged with OSDL to form The Linux Foundation

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Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV)
Develops and promotes standards for broadcast and broadband delivery through connected TVs and set-top boxes (Europe)

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IGRS Alliance
Develops interoperability standards and product compliancy (China)

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Linux Foundation
Develops and promotes the growth of Linux

LSB Project (LSB)
Promotes interoperability in Linux systems

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Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC)
Develops and applies software systems to address issues in the best-practice management, analysis, and use of materials information in enterprises in the aerospace, defense, and energy sectors
Develops and promotes the open source Mozilla Browser Project

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Developed open source middleware *In 2005, ObjectWeb merged with Orientware to form OW2 Consortium.

Open Cloud Consortium (OCC)
Maintains cloud computing infrastructure to support scientific research

Open Information Security Foundation (OISF)
Develops intrusion detection and prevention engines

Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF)
Promotes various open source technologies

Open Source Consortium (OSC)
Promotes the Open Source business community (United Kingdom)

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
Promotes and supports the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promotes its widespread use

Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI)
Supported an advanced SystemC as an open source standard for system-level design *Now Accellera Systems Initiative

OpenAjax Alliance
Promoted the use and adoption of open, interoperable Ajax-based Web technologies

Develops open source software for securing identity-based Web services based on Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards
Promoted the use of Apache OpenOffice open source office suite software

OpenSAF Foundation
Develops middleware based on open and industry standard interfaces for applications

OW2 Consortium
Promotes the development of open-source middleware, generic business applications and cloud computing platforms

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Develops and promotes Power Architecture technology

Project JXTA
Develops, maintains and promotes the use of JTXA technology for peer-to-peer network communications and collaboration

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RAIN promotes awareness, education, and initiatives to accelerate UHF RFID growth and adoption in business and consumer applications worldwide

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Scope Alliance (SCOPE)
Promoted the deployment of carrier grade base platforms for service provider applications
Discussion website for all things related to Sendmail
Provides free services to Open Source developers

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Maintains the X Windows system, a Unix-based interface

XFree86 Project, Inc.
Promoted XFree86, an open source X11-based desktop infrastructure

Xiph.Org Foundation
Develops and promotes open source, multimedia related projects

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