EEA Community Projects, Governing Body of the Baseline Protocol, Welcomes SAP as Sponsor

Wakefield, Mass., – 22 December 2021 – Today, EEA Community Projects announced that SAP has become a sponsor of the initiative in support of the Baseline Protocol project. As a sponsor, SAP joins Accenture, Arca, Chainlink, ConsenSys, the EEA, EY, Ethereum Foundation, Mover, Morpheus Network, Nethermind, Provide, Splunk, and Unibright in providing strategic vision, governance, technical guidance, and financial support for the work.  

“We’re excited to have SAP join the Baseline community, alongside a growing list of global leaders that are sponsoring the Baseline Protocol. SAP’s sponsorship is especially important because baselining is all about security in multi-party processes, and SAP technology is the gold standard in secure information management,” said John Wolpert, ConsenSys Group Executive and Baseline Protocol Technical Steering Committee Chair. 

Launched in March of 2020, the Baseline Protocol uses advances in peer-to-peer messaging, zero-knowledge cryptography, and blockchain technology to coordinate complex, confidential workflows between enterprises without moving company data out of traditional systems of record.  

“We are thrilled to have SAP join as a sponsor of the EEA Community Projects in support of the Baseline initiative. Hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals are already actively participating in the Baseline initiative because it enables private collaboration between companies without sensitive data going on-chain. As more and more organizations and developers realize the simplicity and security that the Baseline approach offers, the tool will deliver more value to consumer-facing industries through peer-to-peer transactions and services,” said Dan Burnett, EEA Executive Director and EEA Community Projects Governing Board Chair. “We look forward to working with SAP to chart the future of secure multi-party workflows.”

To learn more about becoming a Sponsor or joining the Projects Governing Board, visit here or contact the EEA Community Projects administrator. For more information go to

About the Baseline Protocol

The Baseline Protocol is an open source initiative that combines advances in cryptography, messaging, and blockchain to deliver secure and private business processes at low cost using the public Mainnet for event ordering, data consistency and workflow integrity. The protocol will enable confidential and complex collaboration between enterprises without moving any sensitive data from traditional systems of record. The work is governed by the EEA Community Projects, which leverages the strengths of both the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA)’s and OASIS Open’s leadership role in open and open source Ethereum business standards respectively. For more information about Baseline, visit

About SAP

SAP’s strategy is to help every business run as an intelligent enterprise. As a market leader in enterprise application software, we help companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: SAP customers generate 87% of total global commerce. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want – without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables business and public customers across 25 industries globally to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people’s lives. For more information, visit

About EEA Community Projects

EEA Community Projects, home to the Baseline Protocol initiative, is a neutral collaboration forum to strengthen Ethereum business development as a whole.  Leveraging the strengths of both the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA)’s and OASIS Open’s leadership role in open and open source Ethereum business standards respectively, the EEA Community Projects enable stakeholders to create high-quality specifications that facilitate Ethereum’s longevity, interoperability, and ease of integration. Sponsors include joins Accenture, Arca, Chainlink, ConsenSys, the EEA, EY, Ethereum Foundation, Mover, Morpheus Network, Nethermind, Provide, Splunk, and Unibright. For more information about EEA Community Projects and sponsorship opportunities, visit

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Addressing Global Challenges Through Trade Automation

How can standards help the world address the challenges of climate change, conflict minerals, and abuses of labor forces? OASIS members are answering that question with OriginBX.

The Problem

Free trade and the efficient flow of goods across international borders is something that a lot of us take for granted.  Our collective society is built on the assumption that we can effectively buy finished goods or raw materials from a variety of countries, as well as trade or sell our own goods.

However, the seemingly simple act of buying or selling these goods across borders isn’t as straightforward as you might think.  There are an increasingly complex set of requirements put in place by both governments and other organizations designed to protect consumers, producers and labor forces from abuse.  At the heart of these requirements is a need to accurately identify the country or countries of origin for both finished goods and also raw materials used to produce those goods.

Despite the technological age we live in today, a vast majority of products and materials still have their countries of origin determined by manual processes involving emailing large bills of materials and PDF files between producers and regulatory bodies worldwide.  An enterprising group of technologists and companies has gotten together to do something about that.

Finding Creative Solutions

On a recent episode of Open Matters, I was joined by Todd Smith of, who is also the chairperson for a new Open Project here at OASIS called OriginBX, which is designed to help build common standards to allow for greater automation in identifying countries of origin for manufactured goods and their components.  Todd has spent more than 20 years working on this problem at places like Ernst & Young and KPMG, and our conversation was a fascinating one in that it covered not only the technical needs for a project like this, but also the larger role that country of origin plays in helping fight societal issues like climate change, conflict minerals, and abuses of labor forces.

Todd also speaks at length as to why he chose to come to OASIS to start this project and what our governance and community support model has done in helping him launch this effort.

Projects like OriginBX are one of the reasons I was excited to come to OASIS Open, where we strive to enable collaborative projects that make a difference not only in the technology space, but also in the lives of us all.  

I encourage you to watch and/or listen to this episode, and feel free to reach out to me directly or follow us on social media (@OASISOpen) to continue the conversation.

Managed Open Projects

I recently pointed out in a TechCrunch contribution that the open source and open standards communities need to find ways to team up if they are to continue driving innovation and  development of transformative technologies to push our society forward.

The challenge I posed to organizations like ours, OASIS Open, and others in the open source and standards ecosystems was to find ways to collaborate and encourage our stakeholders to do the same. My opportunity to “walk the talk” arrived immediately.

A Case in Point

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), with whom OASIS Open has had a long and productive relationship, came to us and described a need. EEA has years of experience as a forum for building standards for enterprise-ready, interoperable blockchain implementations.  However, to promote broader community participation in the Ethereum ecosystem, EEA also wanted to offer the wider Ethereum community the ability to start open source projects and to do so in a proven setting that provides solid support for governance, standards, reference implementations and a path to cooperation with international high-level standardization as well.

And that’s the expertise of OASIS Open. So we joined forces and announced EEA Community Projects. The work is led by EEA, managed under the OASIS Open Projects process, and driven by the community at large. We’re describing this partnership as a “Managed Open Project,” and we think this approach may be useful for other modern, agile development projects hosted with consortiums as well. 

Traditional OASIS Open Projects provide the pathway for open source projects to attract broad buy-in and become recognized international open standards as well. Of course, any developer can always build their own Git repo and open it to pull requests. But a stable, trustable project often requires more than that. Stakeholders want to know that their contributions or feature requests will be noted. Contributors want to know that their joint work will be run fairly. Commercial, open source, and government users (and international standards bodies) want to know that a project is properly licensed, vendor-neutral, and will remain available.  

The critical components needed for those goals are a tested process, expert facilitators with a light touch, and well-documented provenance. These elements are required by global treaties and many national practices to assure standards quality; they also happen to create the best, fairest open technologies. That’s precisely what OASIS Open offers with its well-known, verified, and accredited development governance process. And that’s why works produced here are widely accepted as open and reliable by so many industries and governments.

Our technical committees have co-developed their standards with open source reference implementations and proofs of concept for over 20 years. By creating our Open Projects program we encouraged future projects to operate on a “FOSS-first” basis, adding open source license defaults to our other routine process protections.  

Open Projects have also been the preferred approach elected for most of our newest projects.  But until recently, those were solely OASIS operations.  So, what’s the difference between those and a ‘Managed Open Project?’

The Value-Add of Managed Open Projects

The primary difference is in branding, but it’s also more than that. OASIS has long enjoyed the reputation as our industry’s leader in sharing our work. We’ve been co-approving outputs with international standards bodies like ISO, ITU, IEC, and others since 2004; our strategy has always been radical transparency, the opposite of “not invented here.”  

So, let’s say, you participate in or support a software technology ecosystem. You might have member-focused and proprietary work, or community-based and open source efforts, or both. Either way, you rely on your active collaborators. If those contributors recognize the value of being well governed and having the opportunity for broader approval and certification, they will look for some of the qualities described above: support for open source code implementations, stability of releases and versions, open public process, eligibility for certifications, and assurances that support broad global acceptance. It takes a lot to build that, and most projects don’t readily have access to the skill sets in-house to shepherd a project to that kind of success.  So you are faced with a build versus buy decision. 

Some huge foundations, or one-off smaller projects, may opt to build their own capabilities and seek certifications—or just decide to do without them. But for everyone else in the non-profit sector, outsourcing the process and development platforms may make a lot of sense. EEA essentially decided, after due diligence and some negotiated ground rules, to outsource their need for an open source and open standards development platform to us. They absolutely could have built their own native capacity for Ethereum enterprise-facing open source work. But the immediate up-front costs of time and personnel, and the longer-lead-time issues of seeking independent accreditation, made it worth it for EEA to combine forces with OASIS Open. 

The deliverables created in that joint program will still be EEA works, branded from the EEA community and whoever else may choose to contribute to their open source projects, but administered by our team and supported by our processes and infrastructure. 

Through OASIS Open’s Managed Open Projects program, other existing and new development organizations or consortiums can also add these self-branded capabilities to their existing hosted activities. They also will be eligible, at their option, to submit for international standards approval, without having to build from scratch all those resources, relationships and critical processes.  

This Managed Open Project approach is readily adaptable to any open source code, API, transaction or data structure in all industries. This includes blockchain, such as with EEA, but also can comprise a larger, open-source-powered tent for collaboration in real estate, petroleum, healthcare or any other industry with shared data and open standards needs. 

A Dream Come True

The reason that I came to OASIS Open is because I saw in this organization an ability and a desire to share and collaborate with other organizations, and the OASIS Open team is passionate about doing what’s best for the community. Now, after almost two years here, I’m more convinced than ever that we’ve got the expertise and contributor base of experts to make it happen; we’re nimble enough to be effective change catalysts; and, most importantly, we are doing the work. I couldn’t be more excited about this new Managed Open Project approach and how it is fulfilling the vision of harmonizing open source and open standards communities. 

Our Managed Open Projects program specifically, and most cooperation and sharing of work across organizational boundaries generally, allow development projects to leverage broad community input while embracing contributions, feature requests, and bug fixes from a much larger potential group of stakeholders. Doing so in a transparent and open fashion and, increasingly, with widely-understood open source tools has been a great benefit to our own projects.

OASIS Open encourages all projects—of any size and housed anywhere—to look for cooperation and sharing opportunities across industries, consortia and open source foundations. It is a strategy that has served us very well since our own launch at the dawn of the internet in 1993.

If you share this vision and have a project or consortium that wants a reliable path to open source development, broader cooperation, or de jure standards, I hope you will reach out to us. Together we can make it happen.

Say Hello to Samvera

So much is happening here at OASIS Open in June, but I’m especially excited that our Foundation-as-a-Service (FaaS) program has expanded to include Samvera, a community widely respected for its work promoting best-in-class digital asset management solutions. 

OASIS designed our FaaS program with new groups in mind, because we wanted to make it easier for communities to get off the ground by giving them a place within our legal infrastructure where they could operate independently under their own governance rules if our Open Project structure wasn’t a good fit for their needs. 

However, Samvera does not need help getting off the ground. The group was founded in 2008 as Hydra and has grown to more than 30 partners and more than 40 adopters around the world. Its focus, then and now, is on collaborative development of repository solutions for the digital collections held by libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations. ‘Samvera’ means ‘togetherness’ in Icelandic–a fitting name for a group committed to the belief that challenges are best solved through combined effort. 

I’ve come to know Samvera as a vibrant, welcoming group of information and technology professionals. Their software is free and open source, available under an Apache 2 license, and their suite of repository software tools offers flexible and rich user interfaces tailored to distinct content types on top of a robust back end. 

As someone who came to OASIS to help us bring more open source work into our portfolio, I’m thrilled to see this great project join our larger community. If you aren’t already familiar with what they’re doing, I strongly encourage you to check out their work.

Learn More about OASIS FaaS 

OASIS Foundation-as-a-Service is the smart solution for groups that want to advance open source code, standards, or related activities. Foundations operate independently while enjoying the benefits of the OASIS nonprofit corporate structure. Groups are advised and supported every step of the way by the technical, operational, legal, and marketing staff of OASIS, which has a 28-year track record of developing some of the most widely adopted open standards and open source code in use today. The Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) was the first group to take advantage of the OASIS FaaS program. OMF is an open-source software foundation that creates a governance structure around open-source mobility tools.

We invite you to contact us or visit our Foundation-as-a-Service page to learn more about how we can help your group form or transition existing open source foundations using our FaaS program. 

A revival at the intersection of open source and open standards

Our world has big problems to solve, and something desperately needed in that pursuit is the open-source and open-standards communities working together. See the complete article by Guy Martin, the Executive Director of OASIS Open, with input from Chris Ferris, IBM Distinguished Engineer, in Tech Crunch.

Finalists Announced for Open Standards Cup 2020

The annual Open Standards Cup awards recognize one Outstanding Approved Standard and one Outstanding New Initiative from the OASIS community. This year’s winners will be announced at the virtual OASIS Open Awards Ceremony on 8 Dec 2020. Everyone is welcome to attend.

2020 Finalists for Outstanding Approved Standard

2020 Finalists for Outstanding New Initiative

Congratulations to everyone involved in these dynamic projects. We are honored to recognize the work you do. 

Accenture, Splunk, and Others Back Baseline Protocol for Public Blockchains

9 Nov 2020 – Industry leaders across the globe are coming together to support the new Baseline Protocol, part of the Ethereum OASIS open source initiative. The Baseline Protocol  defines a method for using the Ethereum Mainnet or other public blockchains to coordinate complex, confidential workflows between enterprises–without moving company data out of traditional systems of record. In today’s announcement, Accenture, Chainlink, Morpheus.Network, Nethermind, Provide, Splunk, and Unibright join Baseline’s founding sponsors, the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance, Ethereum Foundation, and ConsenSys. 

“We’re seeing a groundswell of excitement for using the Baseline method, as more and more organizations and developers realize the simplicity and security it offers,” said Guy Martin, executive director of OASIS Open, the nonprofit consortium that hosts the project. “The support of Accenture, Splunk, and all the other Baseline sponsors shows how ready the market is for a low-cost blockchain solution that doesn’t compromise data integrity and that can be used by everyone.”

Support for Baseline
“Our clients have significant operational demands of multiparty systems like blockchain,” said Michael Klein, director of blockchain technology at Accenture. “We continue to see innovations in and around blockchain technologies that are rising to meet those demands. For Accenture, the notable work happening around the Baseline Protocol is an example of the next wave of evolution in this space. We see tremendous potential in the Baseline Protocol’s ability to maintain the integrity and uniqueness of privately-held assets— providing ‘double-spend’ protection without compromising confidentiality—and believe this will expand the applicability of blockchain technology to a broader range of enterprise use cases.”

“As a founding sponsor to the Ethereum OASIS Open Project, the EEA is very pleased to see global leaders rallying around the Baseline Protocol to drive Mainnet business use cases,” said EEA Executive Director Dan Burnett, the Ethereum OASIS Open Project Governing Board Chair. “Baseline is enabling the Ethereum Mainnet to be a new tool for enterprise solution development from automation, business integration, finance to supply chain and sustainability efforts. EEA members alongside the EEA Mainnet Working Group will continue to collaborate on how tools like Baseline can deliver value to consumer-facing industries through peer-to-peer transactions and services.”

Morpheus.Network is really pleased to be a sponsor of the Baseline Protocol! Baseline is an ideal complement to our supply chain SaaS middleware platform. One common challenge within the supply chain industry is encouraging the open flow of communication and information to help facilitate the movement of goods around the world, while balancing that with the need to keep sensitive and confidential information strictly private. Baseline enables this flow of information by allowing companies to use the data in their existing databases and ERP systems, and ensure that it remains synchronized and consistent with other third-party databases, in a completely private way while using the always-on, distributed, censorship-resistant and tamperproof Ethereum mainnet as a common frame of reference,” said Noam Eppel, Morpheus.Network Co-Founder & COO.

Nethermind is proud to be a sponsor of the OASIS Open Project alongside industry peers. As maintainers of, and the first Ethereum client embracing Baseline, we are excited that the solutions delivered by Nethermind and Provide enable rapid adoption, allowing enterprises to reinforce their integrations with the unique notarization capabilities and liveness of the Ethereum mainnet. There has never been a better time for enterprises to harness its power,  nor has the mainnet ever been as ready as it is now.” said Tomasz Stańczak, Nethermind Founder & CTO.

“The dawn of the Data Age has created monumental business and societal shifts, while forcing businesses to digitize faster than ever before,” said Nate McKervey, Head of Blockchain and DLT, Splunk. “Data is no longer a nice to have, it’s an essential component of nearly every business worldwide. Organizations that can confidently synchronize their data in real-time and empower themselves through their data insights will leap ahead. The Baseline Protocol enables automation of business processes by leveraging data in new or traditional systems while maintaining integrity and confidentiality. This unlocks data in ways previously impossible, which coincides with Splunk’s vision of helping organizations turn data into doing.” 

About Baseline and Ethereum OASIS

Baseline is part of Ethereum OASIS, an OASIS Open Project that provides a neutral forum for supporting open source projects and specifications that advance interoperability for blockchain applications worldwide. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the Baseline Protocol, and suggestions for new Ethereum OASIS projects are encouraged.

Global Coalition of Cities Launches the ‘Open Mobility Foundation’

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) JUNE 25, 2019 –The Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) – a global coalition led by cities committed to using well-designed, open-source technology to evolve how cities manage transportation in the modern era – launched today with the mission to promote safety, equity and quality of life. The announcement comes as a response to the growing number of vehicles and emerging mobility options on city streets. A new city-governed non-profit, the OMF brings together academic, commercial, advocacy and municipal stakeholders to help cities develop and deploy new digital mobility tools, and provide the governance needed to efficiently manage them.

“Cities are always working to harness the power of technology for the public good. The Open Mobility Foundation will help us manage emerging transportation infrastructures, and make mobility more accessible and affordable for people in all of our communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also serves as Advisory Council Chair of Accelerator for America, which showcased the MDS platform early on.

The OMF convenes a new kind of public-private forum to seed innovative ideas and govern an evolving software platform. Serving as a forum for discussions about pedestrian safety, privacy, equity, open-source governance and other related topics, the OMF has engaged a broad range of city and municipal organizations, private companies and non-profit groups, and experts and advocates to ensure comprehensive engagement and expertise on vital issues.

Growing from work pioneered at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the City of Santa Monica, the founding municipal members of the coalition are Austin, Texas; Bogotá, Colombia; Chicago; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; Miami; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Minneapolis; New York City Department of Transportation; New York City Taxi and Limo Commission; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Seattle; and Washington D.C.

“Mayors across the country have made infrastructure, innovation and inclusion our key focus. The OMF joins all of these priorities and will help cities better manage the public right-of-way for all citizens,” said Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, S.C., and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In addition to cities and public agencies, the Open Mobility Foundation is founded in part by The Rockefeller Foundation – a premier science-driven philanthropy focused on promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world. The Open Mobility Foundation is also founded by micro-mobility operators such as Bird and Spin; technology companies such as Microsoft, Blue Systems and Stae; and is supported by advisors that include the International Association of Public Transport, Transportation for America, MetroLabs and the NewCities Foundation.

“The Open Mobility Foundation is a great example of how governments can leverage the power of data to transform and modernize the use of city infrastructure to ensure a more equitable future for all,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation.

“Technology can play a strong role to transform the relationship amongst multi-modal transportation, retail, hospitality, real estate, and a smart city with a common digital map and understanding of infrastructure usage,” said Tara Prakriya, Partner Group Program Manager of MCVP and Mobility at Microsoft. “Microsoft is delighted to partner with the Open Mobility Foundation to create an open set of standards to facilitate this digital transformation.”

As municipalities integrate expanded transportation options – and as the number and type of vehicles using the existing public right-of-way rises dramatically in cities across the country – this innovative coalition is focused on four primary areas:

1)    Increasing Safety. Cities need tools to manage and measure new transportation modes in order to ensure the safety of their residents and reach the goals of Vision Zero.

2)    Ensuring Equity. Cities need tools to ensure mobility technologies do not create or exacerbate inequality. New forms of transportation should be accessible and affordable to all residents.

3)    Improving Quality of Life. Cities need tools to ensure transportation options do not impede sidewalks or increase roadway congestion and add to the sustainability and safety of our urban environment.

4)    Protecting Privacy. Cities need tools that enable them to generate and analyze data through the mobility services they provide while also adhering to world-class privacy and data security standards.

The OMF governs a platform called “Mobility Data Specification” (MDS) that the Los Angeles Department of Transportation developed to help manage dockless micro-mobility programs (including shared dockless e-scooters). MDS is comprised of a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that create standard communications between cities and private companies to improve their operations. The APIs allow cities to collect data that can inform real-time traffic management and public policy decisions to enhance safety, equity and quality of life. More than 50 cities across the United States – and dozens across the globe – already use MDS to manage micro-mobility services.

Making this software open and free offers a safe and efficient environment for stakeholders, including municipalities, companies, experts and the public, to solve problems together. And because private companies scale best when cities can offer a consistent playbook for innovation, the OMF aims to nurture those services that provide the highest benefit to the largest number of people, from sustainability to safety outcomes.

By using collaborative methods and an open-source structure, the OMF enables cities and public agencies to access the digital tools that they need to effectively manage city streets as the worlds of transportation and technology continue to intersect and evolve.

The OMF is partnered with OASIS, a leader in the open-source and software standards industry.

“OASIS is excited to host the OMF community, who will produce open-source standards and methods that improve mobility for communities everywhere. We are proud to support the OMF with our proven platform of open-source software, tools and time-tested process that help organizations grow in an open and reliable way,” said Gershon Janssen, President of OASIS.

Membership to the OMF is open, and interested cities and companies are encouraged to apply. To apply for membership or learn more about joining the Open Mobility Foundation, visit

Watch the Open Mobility Foundation video featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, here:

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“Mobility options are arriving at such a fast pace that often it becomes almost impossible for the public sector to catch up. We need to stay ahead of the game and speak the same language. The Mobility Data Specification is the first step for government to digitize its policies, and the Open Mobility Foundation will be a great resource to foster practical and sustainable mobility management tools,” said Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County.

“This is a momentous step for cities as they bring innovative solutions into their ever-changing mobility landscapes,” said Robert Spillar, Director of the City of Austin Transportation Department. “This international commitment to open source technology will accelerate cities’ work in transportation planning and implementation toward improving safety, equity and quality of life in a transparent manner.”

“Data gathering in NYC has been transformative, has helped us achieve important victories in fair pay for drivers and street safety, and has been fundamental in developing our new traffic congestion policy,” said Rodney Stiles, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs for the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission.

“We’re excited to join the Open Mobility Foundation and work together with other leading cities to ensure we have well-designed tools to provide us with basic data we need to manage traffic and congestion on our streets,” said Chris Warner, Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Thanks to the Open Mobility Foundation, cities will gain access to the best information and 21st century technologies. With these tools in hand, we can increase equitable access for historically underserved communities and people with disabilities, increase the safety of our streets, and vigorously pursue our climate goals.”

“Blue Systems has developed a comprehensive MDS-based Smart City Mobility Platform that analyzes mobility providers’ data in real time,” said Christophe Arnaud, CEO of Blue Systems. “MDS enables our Platform to take what has traditionally been a historical, planning-based business and moves it into an operational realm that helps cities manage the public right-of-way effectively and efficiently. We are proud to be a founding member of what will be a robust ecosystem that will take on the technical issues surrounding emerging mobility technology in cities around the world.”

“Data is key to building a robust transportation system that effectively connects people to the jobs and services they need,” said Beth Osborne, Director of Transportation for America. “The Open Mobility Foundation will provide a forum for leading communities and their private sector partners to establish shared mobility systems that are safer, more equitable, cleaner and healthier.”

“In joining the Open Mobility Foundation, we will harness our national community of researchers to address the transportation and mobility priorities facing cities,” said Martin O’Malley, a former Governor of Maryland and former Mayor of Baltimore. “Partnerships between universities and cities in this domain leverage open-source platforms to drive system-wide transportation analytics, enable urban management and planning solutions and strengthen data privacy approaches.” O’Malley chairs the Advisory Council of MetroLab, a national collaborative of more than 40 cities and 50 universities focused on advancing civic innovation.

“The Open Mobility Foundation is meeting a critical need for cities across the country during a time of profound disruption in transportation,” said John Rossant, Founder and Chairman of NewCities, a global nonprofit focused on the future of cities. “As urban communities begin to be impacted by new modes of mobility and technology, we need to ensure that the solutions we create are smart, safe and equitable – and that we’re ultimately building a better urban future for all.”

“The Open Mobility Foundation is the latest example of how cities are collaborating both to solve the world’s toughest challenges in novel and creative ways and scale solutions through new norms and instruments,” said Bruce Katz, Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University and a Partner at Accelerator for America.


The Open Mobility Foundation is partnered with and hosted by OASIS-Open, a leader in the open-source and software standards industry. One of the most respected member-driven standards bodies in the world, OASIS offers projects – including open source projects – a path to standardization and de jure approval for reference in international policy and procurement. OASIS has a broad technical agenda encompassing cybersecurity, privacy, cryptography, cloud computing and IoT – any initiative for developing code, APIs, specifications or reference implementations can find a home at OASIS.

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OASIS Introduces Open Projects Program to Bridge Open Source and Standards Development

AirBus, CIB, Fujitsu, IBM, Red Hat, Siemens, Software AG, The Document Foundation, and others sponsor Open Projects

BOSTON (PRWEB) MAY 08, 2019 – OASIS, a global nonprofit consortium, today announced the launch of Open Projects, the first-of-its-kind program that creates a more transparent and collaborative future for open source and standards development. Open Projects gives communities the power to develop what they choose–APIs, code, specifications, reference implementations, guidelines– in one place, under open source licenses, with a path to recognition in global policy and procurement.

The lines between open source and open standards have been blurring for some time, and communities in both arenas have been calling for more flexibility and options for collaboration. Open Projects is a new approach that addresses the need for change in everything from handling IP to governance and decision-making, from funding to establishing trust and assuring quality.

“With Open Projects, we’re building a movement to transform the open source and standards world,” said Gershon Janssen, Chairman, OASIS Board of Directors. “We want to dissolve the barriers that separate communities. We want to empower groups with more control and streamlined governance. We want to support projects by giving them all the process they need–and not a bit more–so they can accomplish great things fast.”

Open Projects builds on the OASIS experience and reputation for producing quality work that’s been trusted and supported by governments and industries worldwide for more than 25 years.

“For many, open source has become a means of establishing de facto software standards. However, de facto standards are not recognized by many governments and institutions.” said Chris Ferris, IBM Fellow and CTO Open Tech for IBM. “OASIS Open Projects provides an important new opportunity to leverage the rapid innovation of open source in the process of developing open standards. The potential to achieve ISO, IEC, or ITU standards approval is a huge value for many important open source initiatives.” Ferris, who also holds a leadership position on the Hyperledger Fabric project, played an instrumental role in defining the OASIS Open Projects program and now serves on its Advisory Council.

The Open Projects program is being advanced by some of the most accomplished, regarded minds in open source today. The Open Projects Advisory Council provides strategic insight on the needs of open source projects, identifying current practices that work well and exploring new approaches where improvements can be made with a goal of curating the future of open source. Advisory Council members include:

  • Kris Borchers (Sr. Program Manager, Azure PIE Open Engineering, Microsoft)
  • Amanda Brock (Director of Open UK, Trustable CEO)
  • Deborah Bryant (Senior Director, Open Source Program Office, Office of the CTO)
  • Chris Ferris (CTO Open Tech for IBM, Hyperledger TSC member)
  • Georg Grutter (Chief Expert, Bosch)
  • Jim Jagielski (Open Source Chef for ConsenSys, co-founder of The Apache Software Foundation)
  • Tobie Langel (Principal of UnlockOpen, AMP Advisory Committee Facilitator)
  • Heather Meeker (Open Source Licensing Specialist, OSS Capital)
  • Tracy Miranda (Director of OS Community, CloudBees)
  • Nithya Ruff (Senior Director, open source program office, Comcast)
  • Josh Simmons (Sr. Open Source Strategist for Salesforce, OSI Board Director)

As part of the program announcement, OASIS is launching the first two Open Projects – Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) and OpenDocument Format (ODF) Advocacy.

The OSLC Open Project advances a suite of standard REST APIs to connect data and achieve the digital thread across domains, applications, and organizations. It is sponsored by AirBus, Austrian Institute of Technology, Bank of America, Boeing, Dassault, Fujitsu, IBM, Koneksys, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Red Hat, Siemens, Software AG, and Tasktop.

“OSLC helps create standard REST APIs that solve industry integration challenges,” said Andrew Berezovskyi, of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. “Open Projects enables the OSLC community to produce deliverables that meet requirements from various stakeholders without being hindered by the weight of foundation bureaucracy or the baggage that comes with financial, legal, technical, and marketing administration.”

The ODF (Open Document Format) Advocacy Open Project promotes the world’s leading document standard. After being approved as an OASIS Standard, ODF was recognized by ISO/IEC and endorsed by governments around the world as a way to ensure permanent access to data and eliminate the risk of vendor lock-in. The ODF Advocacy Open Project is sponsored by CIB and The Document Foundation.

“ODF guarantees perennial access to data that can be transferred in a transparent way between different apps, computers and operating systems, getting rid of hidden interoperability costs, vendor lock-in issues and license fees,” said Italo Vignoli, Co-Founder, The Document Foundation.”

Additional Open Projects for blockchain and other areas will be announced in the coming months. Further details about OASIS Open Projects are available here or email

One of the most respected, member-driven standards bodies in the world, OASIS offers projects—including open source projects—a path to standardization and de jure approval for reference in international policy and procurement. OASIS has a broad technical agenda encompassing cybersecurity, privacy, cryptography, cloud computing, IoT–any initiative for developing code, APIs, specifications, or reference implementations can find a home at OASIS. Some of the most widely adopted OASIS Standards include AMQP, CAP, CMIS, DITA, DocBook, KMIP, MQTT, OpenC2, OpenDocument, OSLC, PKCS, SAML, STIX, TAXII, TOSCA, UBL, and XLIFF. Many of these have gone on to be published as ISO, IEC, or ITU standards. New work is encouraged, and all are welcome to participate.

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