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Open Web Foundation

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The Open Web Foundation (OWF) is an American non-profit organization dedicated to the development and protection of specifications for emerging web technologies. The foundation follows an open source model similar to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Individuals participating include Geir Magnusson, vice president and board member at Apache, and Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media.


The Open Web Foundation was announced July 24, 2008 at the [[ ]] (OSCON). Facebook has announced their support for the OWF, as well as Google, MySpace, Six Apart, Plaxo and others. Through OWF, Google and Facebook now have an appropriate venue where they can resolve their differences between Facebook Connect and OpenSocial platforms, as well as work on a standard way to have their users interact with each other. The OWF also provides the technical details, as well as policy details, on how these protocols and emerging technologies interact.[1][2][3][4][5]


In 2008, Microsoft's Dare Obasanjo made accusations that employees of the Open Web Foundation were bypassing the IETF or other regulatory standards.[6]

Industry support[edit]

According to its web site, the Open Web Foundation is supported by the following companies and organizations:


The Open Web Foundation is a membership-based organization. Members of the Foundation elect a nine-person Board.

Members of the current Board, elected as of August 17, 2009:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Announcing the Open Web Foundation". Open Web Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25.
  2. ^ "Open Web Foundation to Keep Data 'closed'". eWeek. 25 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Open Web Foundation a new club for standards makers". CNET. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2023-01-27.
  4. ^ Cubrilovic, Nik (July 24, 2008). "Open Web Foundation Officially Launches". Washington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "Open Web Foundation formed". The Industry Standard. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04.
  6. ^ "Hey kids - get off of my lawn". Tech Crunch.
  7. ^ "Official Confirmed OWF Election Results!!!".

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