What is OW2 Consortium?


The OW2 Consortium is an open source community committed to making available to everyone the best and most reliable middleware and software infrastructure technolog, including generic enterprise applications and cloud computing technologies. The mission of the OW2 Consortium is to i) develop open source code for middleware, generic enterprise applications and cloud computing and ii) to foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem.

History: The OW2 Consortium was initiated on January 1, 2007 through the merger of ObjectWeb and Orientware, two leading open source middleware communities consisting of renowned industry IT corporations, innovative start-ups, prominent academic organizations and individuals from across the world. A new consortium agreement was necessary because the one governing ObjectWeb ended on December 31, 2006. This was the occasion to address some limitations of the previous agreement. For instance, ObjectWeb was not an independent organization, it was really like a collaborative project launched by its original cofounders, Bull, France Telecom and INRIA, and hosted by INRIA. In this configuration, ObjectWeb did lack resources and was not scalable.

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