OpenSocial Foundation Launches New Social Standards Effort

  OpenSocial Foundation Launches New Social Standards Effort

  Modern Social Application Development Demands Leaner and More Streamlined
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CeBIT 2013

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HANNOVER, Germany & CUPERTINO, Calif. -- March 6, 2013

The OpenSocial Foundation today announced here at CeBIT, the world’s leading
high-tech event showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions, the
launch of a new effort to define, design and release a next generation social
application tool kit. This project will include an evolution of the OpenSocial
specification and a new open source effort focused on streamlining and
simplifying the approach to tightly integrated collaboration across social
applications for both enterprises and consumers.

“We have seen a significant evolution in the use cases and underlying
technology of social enabled applications over the past 10 years,” says Matt
Tucker, chief technology officer and co-founder of Jive Software. “It is time
that the standards driving the interoperability between social applications
evolve along the lines of a leaner, more agile approach.”

To support the project launch, OpenSocial Foundation board members including
Mark Weitzel, foundation president, will represent the foundation during the
CeBIT conference in Germany as well as participate in a panel on the future of
social business.

The OpenSocial Foundation was established in 2008 with the charter to provide
the leading and most mature standards-based component model for SaaS-delivered
social business applications. As an industry recognized standards body, the
OpenSocial Foundation provides the forum for social business application
companies like IBM, Jive and SugarCRM as well as industry leading consulting
companies including the Dachis Group to jointly define the interoperability
standards for today’s rapidly growing social applications market.

"We have OpenSocial support on the SAP Jam roadmap as an integral way to
integrate enterprise applications in today's social workplace," says Sameer
Patel, general manager of Enterprise Social Software for SAP.

In the past five years, the foundation has led the social collaboration
industry with efforts in defining groundbreaking new technology developments
like the Embedded Experience and Social Feeds.

"Great adoption is driven by culture and technology. Embedding social
capabilities into business process and applications drives higher engagement
and adoption in any organization – and those are the core elements of
achieving strong ROI,” says Sandy Carter, vice president of Social Business
Evangelism and Sales at IBM “IBM continues our leadership of OpenSocial to
accelerate market value while maximizing existing IT investments"

With the launch of this new effort, the OpenSocial Foundation is setting the
strategic direction for the OpenSocial community on the path of defining and
implementing a new approach to the underlying components of an interconnected
set of socially-aware applications.

“There is no better implementation of an open standard than through an open
source project,” remarks Clint Oram, chief technology officer and co-founder
of SugarCRM. “By committing to both an evolution of the specification and the
surrounding open source projects incorporating the latest developments in
HTML5, modern browser technologies and JavaScript libraries like node.js and
jQuery, the OpenSocial Foundation is responding to the demands of its

To participate in the definition of the next generation of open social
technology standards, please contact the foundation at

About the OpenSocial Foundation

The OpenSocial Foundation is an industry-recognized standards body dedicated
to advancing the social web through community innovation and open source.
Widely supported by a majority of leading consumer and enterprise social
platforms, such as IBM, Jive, and SugarCRM, the OpenSocial specification
fosters the development of a growing set of socially aware off-the-shelf
applications. Through open source projects such as Apache Rave and Shindig, it
provides a well-defined way for 3rd-party applications to richly interact with
users directly in their activity stream.


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