The OpenSocial Foundation is an industry-recognized standards body dedicated to advancing the social web through community innovation and open source. Established in 2008, the Foundation provides the leading and most mature standards-based component model for SaaS-delivered social business applications.
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.
Believing that people and communities are the bond of interactions in computing, the mission of the OpenSocial Foundation is to fundamentally change and advance social software and the social Web; to make social software better by producing leading specifications, and working externally with other groups, influencing the way software is designed, interacts, and social data is exchanged. At our core the foundation aims to foster a dynamic, participatory ecosystem that is open to all, ensuring the free and transparent development of a diverse set of community driven specifications and an honest and open exchange of ideas.