The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that acts as the steward of Eclipse, an open source community working to build a development platform consisting of the frameworks, tools and run-times needed for "building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle." The most well-known of the Eclipse projects is the Eclipse platform, a multi-language software development environment and IDE.
In 2003–2004 the Eclipse Consortium, a consortium of software industry vendors, founded The Eclipse Foundation, a not-for-profit legal entity to lead and develop Eclipse.
Top Level Projects
The project structure at the Eclipse Foundation is a hierarchical structure. Each project has a parent project and may have sub projects. The upper most projects, which do not have a parent project, are called top level projects.
|Name||Longer Name||Short Description|
|BIRT||Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools|
|Datatools||Data Tools Platform|
|Eclipse||Eclipse Project||The project around the main Eclipse IDE|
|Eclipse Modeling Project|
|IoT||Internet of Things||A parent for projects targeting the Internet of Things or Machine-to-machine area.|
|SOA||SOA Platform Project|
|WTP||Web Tools Platform Project|
Each strategic member has a representative on the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors allowing them direct influence over the strategic direction of Eclipse. Strategic members also have a seat on the various Eclipse Councils providing input and influence over the themes and priorities of the Eclipse Ecosystem.
There are approximately 190 members of the Eclipse Foundation representing most regions of the world, and many industries and technology segments.
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