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Yahoo! Joins Google and MySpace in Supporting OpenSocial

Yahoo!, MySpace (owned by News Corp.), and Google announced they have agreed to form the OpenSocial Foundation to ensure the neutrality and longevity of OpenSocial as an open, community-governed specification for building social applications across the web. Yahoo!’s support of OpenSocial and role as a founding member of the new foundation are claimed to be landmarks for the rapidly growing specification, which will now offer developers the potential to connect with more than 500 million people worldwide. Yahoo!’s support builds on similar efforts with the OpenID community and will expand the opportunity for developers and publishers to benefit from an open and increasingly social web.

The OpenSocial Foundation will be an independent nonprofit entity with a formal intellectual property and governance framework. Related assets will be assigned to the new organization by July 1, 2008. The foundation will provide transparency and operational guidelines around technology, documentation, intellectual property, and other issues related to the evolution of the OpenSocial platform, while also ensuring all stakeholders share influence over its future direction.

The OpenSocial Foundation website at www.opensocial.org will serve as the portal for the community to find all information about OpenSocial and the foundation as they evolve. Developers and website owners can find the latest specifications, links to other resources, and the opportunity to get involved. Engineers from Yahoo!, MySpace, and Google will continue to work together and with the OpenSocial community to further advance the specification through the new foundation, continuing several core elements of OpenSocial since its announcement by Google, MySpace, and many others in November 2007:

  • All specifications are available under a Creative Commons copyright license 
  • Public community involvement shapes the specification’s direction 
  • An open source reference implementation called Shindig is being created and developed as a project in the Apache Software Foundation incubator, available at http://incubator.apache.org/shindig

Source: Yahoo!



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