The Linux Foundation’s new Open Metaverse Foundation wants to unite industries “to work on developing open source software and standards for an inclusive, global, vendor-neutral and scalable Metaverse.”
In a blog post this week the group’s executive director explained the advantages of an open Metaverse:
It can create new jobs and industries in the digital space. It can bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds while providing an amazing world where anyone can create their own opportunities. An open Metaverse broadens commerce for digital ownership and consumables, and it offers shared experiences and learning opportunities for anyone with access. The future market value for all of this may exceed any single media market.
The potential for the Metaverse is boundless, but only if we pursue it as an open, collaborative endeavor. The mission of the Open Metaverse Foundation (OMF) is to foster a strong community of developers, engineers, academics and thought leaders who will solve the difficult challenges of building the open Metaverse through open source software and standards that enable portability and interoperability for an inclusive, global, scalable world, supporting interactive and immersive experiences for the benefit of any individual or industry.
Through the Foundation, we’ll work together to discuss, pinpoint and create the building blocks to transform the emerging concept of the Metaverse into a reality — spanning digital assets, simulations, transactions, artificial intelligence, networking, security, privacy, and legal considerations…. Backend services, standards, and relationships are critical to success, including elements like digital ID representation for users and objects. Transactions must provide receipts for proof and commerce…. Worlds need a standard to communicate with other worlds so that users can move in and out without breaking the immersive experience. Providing an open standard to move objects across worlds is a huge part of what the OMF can deliver. Other technical challenges that demand open collaboration include the reshaping of our networks and internet to accommodate greater needs presented by the open Metaverse.
All of this can seem overwhelming. And it is, unless you have the proven expertise in community building, governance and other elements offered by the Linux Foundation, which provides the focus needed to create manageable, tangible tasks to complete. We’ve already set up several Foundational Interest Groups (FIGs), which provide a great starting place to engage with the OMF. These FIGs enable a focused, distributed decision structure for key topics, and provide targeted resources and forums for the identification of new ideas, getting work done, and onboarding new contributors….
Contributions to OMF projects are licensed under both Apache 2.0 and MIT, enabling anyone to use, modify, extend and distribute the source code without any fees or commercial obligations….
We look forward to working with a broad, global community to advance the promise of the Metaverse.