Initiatives are joint efforts by OW2 Members aimed at facilitating the use of OW2 technologies by mainstream Systems Integrators, End-Users and Software Vendors. Within an Initiative, OW2 Members work together to develop both technical integration between projects and business synergies in order to address specific market needs.

The technical outcome of an Initiative is not a product but a high-level environment integrating several projects and providing a complex set of functionalities upon which Systems Integrators, End-Users and Software Vendors can build their own business solutions. The business outcome of an Initiative is a set of core relationships between technology providers, integrators and users. Together, they provide the expertise to implement solutions built upon OW2 technologies.

As the name indicates, Initiatives are bottom-up community efforts that are lead by a Strategic Member. For more information, please read the Initiative Handbook and, if you want to propose an Initiative, use the Initiative Charter Template.

There are currently two Initiatives in Operational status: the Business Intelligence (BI) Initiative and the Open Source Cloudware Initiative.

Open Source Cloudware Initiative

The OW2 Open Source Cloudware Initiative (OSC Initiative) is a unique community effort aimed at providing and promoting an integrated portfolio of open source software components for cloud computing. The OSC Initiative is geared to be a broadscale community project combining best of breed open source technologies for the Cloud. It will foster cloudware for interoperability at the IaaS level and for open and customizable PaaS and SaaS architecture solutions. The Initiative will develop interfaces and partnerships with major research projects, such as SelfXL, CompatibleOne, and 4Caast, and leading existing open source cloud technologies outside OW2. The initiative will also closely follow emerging cloud computing standards. 

Status: Operational.
Initiative Working Group: Bull, France Telecom, INRIA.
Contact: Alexandre Lefebvre (France Telecom) ; Jean-Pierre Laisné (Bull) ; Patrick Moreau (INRIA). 

Go to the Open Source Cloudware initiative landing page. 

Big Data Initiative

The OW2 Big Data initiative aims at attracting a vibrant eco system around open source Big Data and Business Intelligence technologies, also focusing on Open Data as a primary source of information. The initiative opens new challenges and opportunities to companies, organizations, technology stakeholders, consultants and end-users to obtain competitive advantage, exploiting opportunities provided by an open approach, including the adoption of OW2 open source code base.
The OW2 Big Data initiative is the evolution of the former OW2 BI initiative.

Status: operational
Initiative Working Group: Engineering Group, Italy (Initiative Lead); Altic, France; Artemis Information Management, Luxembourg; Linagora, France; Talend, France; DISI-University of Trento, Italy.
Contact: Grazia Cazzin (grazia.cazzin AT, Engineering Group.

Go to the Big Data Initiative landing page.

Future Internet Initiative

The Future Internet Software and Services initiative (FISSi) is a joint effort by OW2 and non-OW2 members promote technologies for the development and run-time of ultra-large scale service-oriented solutions for the Future Internet. FISSi publishes open source code freely available from the OW2 code base. FISSi leverages the technology developed by CHOReOS, a three years EU-funded R&D project that provides the technical platform to build next-generation context-aware, ultra-scalable applications for the Future Internet. FISSi will comply with key standards implemented by the CHOReOS platform such as OMG/BPMN 2.0 and OMG/SoaML. 

Status: Incubation.
Initiative Working Group: Inria (Initiative Lead), Linagora, University of San Paulo.
Contact: Cedric Thomas (cedric.thomas AT

Go to the Future Internet initiative landing page. 

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