The Linux Foundation has founded the Open Metaverse Foundation (OMF) to help different industries collaborate on open-source software and standards for a metaverse that is inclusive, global, vendor-neutral and scalable.

“The Metaverse brings exciting possibilities in revolutionizing the way we interact and engage, but with it comes immense technical challenges”, said Taylor Dolezal, head of ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a founding member of the project.

“Through the power of open innovation, the Open Metaverse Foundation will foster collaboration and community-driven development to realize this promise.”

“The CNCF looks forward to contributing its deep expertise to evolve cloud technologies and infrastructure in tackling these challenges. Together, we’ll build a truly open, accessible virtual world, where anyone can participate.” 

The OMF’s executive director, Royal O’Brien, said that while the idea of an open metaverse is still new, many groups are already working on different parts of the project.

The director added that even though challenges may seem daunting at the moment, he is “energized by the opportunities to collaborate with a broad, global community to bring these pieces together as we transform this vision into reality”.  

FIGs

The OMF has set up Foundational Interest Groups (FIGs) to help accelerate new ideas and get people involved.

FIGs aims to offer a streamlined but distributed decision-making structure to tackle crucial topics and source members from specific disciplines with the drive and passion for handling progressing projects and scalar technologies.

There are eight FIGs so far, including legal and policy, simulations and virtual worlds, networking, transactions, security and privacy, digital assets, and artificial intelligence.

The organization aims to ensure that code ownership of every identifiable piece of the puzzle is addressed and managed by the relevant FIG.

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