The Joint Development Foundation joins the Linux Foundation family to drive adoption of open source and standards

By Emily Olin

SAN FRANCISCO – December 11, 2018 – The Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation today announced an agreement to bring the Joint Development Foundation into the Linux Foundation family to make it easier to collaborate through both open source and standards development. The Joint Development Foundation is a nonprofit that provides a “standards organization in a box” to enable groups to quickly establish projects. With today’s news, the Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation plan to provide greater capabilities for communities to engage in open source and standards development to speed industry adoption.

"Linux Foundation communities have been engaged in developing open standards and specifications around Linux since day one and more recently with newer efforts such as OpenChain and the Open Container Initiative to collectively solve technical challenges,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. “Leveraging the capabilities of the Joint Development Foundation will enable us to provide open source projects with another path to standardization, driving greater industry adoption of standards and specifications to speed adoption."

By offering open source communities a path to standardization and building open source implementations, this strategic alignment benefits developers, corporate contributors and end users who need both outcomes to succeed. Existing and new Joint Development Foundation projects will now have access to the Linux Foundation infrastructure, expertise and project support services when their specifications are ready for implementation.

Linux Foundation projects that want to create standards and specifications will be able to leverage the Joint Development Foundation’s standards development model, as well as the Linux Foundation’s agreements with other external standards organizations, to quickly develop specifications that are consistent with their project’s requirements.

"We are excited to join the Linux Foundation to support the development of specifications and standards with the resources and scale that the Linux Foundation brings to its projects,” announced David Rudin, President of the Joint Development Foundation. "The Joint Development Foundation has brought together diverse communities to develop specifications and source code. We’re looking forward to working with the Linux Foundation, its projects and external standards organizations as we continue to foster new JDF standards."

The Joint Development Foundation

The Joint Development Foundation helps standards and source code projects to get up and running quickly by providing a turnkey infrastructure. By offering a proven, lightweight governance structure and a choice of industry-standard intellectual property options, projects can be quickly established without the time and expense usually needed to establish a new technical collaboration.

Joint Development Foundation projects include Alliance for Open Media, Decentralized Identity Foundation, Internet of Learning Consortium, and 3MF, and has over 100 members.

About the Joint Development Foundation Launched in 2015, the Joint Development Foundation (the Joint Development Foundation) is an independent non-profit organization that provides the corporate and legal infrastructure to enable groups to quickly establish and operate standards and source code development collaborations. More information about the Joint Development Foundation is available at

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