Joint Development Foundation Adds a Path for Formal International Standardization

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 JDF projects now have a clear path from open source project or specification to an internationally recognized standard, OpenChain is the first submission

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 12, 2020 – The Joint Development Foundation (JDF) today announced it has been formally approved as an ISO/IEC JTC 1 Publicly Available Specification (PAS) Submitter[1] and that the OpenChain specification is the first standard to be submitted. This status offers JDF’s standards development projects a path to international standardization and benefits the global business and technical ecosystem by enabling accelerated adoption of open standards and specifications.

ISO and IEC are organizations that develop and promote international standards that touch almost all aspects of daily life. ISO and IEC joined together to create ISO/IEC JTC 1, which is the international group dedicated to developing worldwide Information and Technology (ICT) standards. JTC 1 has been responsible for many important IT standards – including video compression technology and programming languages, among many others. PAS submitters like JDF play an important role in establishing international standards by submitting their specifications to JTC 1 for a vote to adopt them as ISO/IEC JTC 1 international standards. The Linux Foundation, home to JDF, is experienced in this process, having previously submitted the Linux Standard Base for adoption as ISO/IEC 23360-1:2006[2].

The JDF’s first PAS submission is for OpenChain, a specification that identifies the key requirements of an open source compliance program. It is designed to build trust between companies in the supply chain while reducing internal resource costs. The outcome is increased trust and consistency in open source software across the supply chain. International standardization will help to guide the evolution of the OpenChain Specification from de facto to de jure standard, a process that will assist procurement, sales and other departments to increasingly engage with OpenChain-related activities.

“Open source is now a mainstream means of building infrastructure and providing a platform for innovation. While open source development models focus on lowering the barriers to innovate and change, there comes a time when industries decide the next step is to agree on one approach to an issue and work together on that solution,” said Seth Newberry, executive director at Joint Development Foundation. “These de facto standards are just one step away from becoming recognized standards, and JDF provides a path to international recognition as a standard by ISO/IEC JTC 1. This is a key additional capability to further support our open project communities with a path to engage on standards with the worldwide business and industry ecosystems.”

To become a JTC 1 PAS Submitter, the Joint Development Foundation had to meet a rigorous set of criteria. It was required to demonstrate its process for developing the specifications that are neutral to all of the contributors (no one company may dominate the process); the specification must be developed with sufficient industry participation to ensure that the resulting work is representative of an industry-wide consensus, and the specification must be formed in accordance with standard PAS editing standards so that each specification is easily understood by the readers.

About the Joint Development Foundation

The Joint Development Foundation is a nonprofit organization within the Linux Foundation ecosystem that provides turnkey corporate and legal infrastructure to enable groups to quickly establish and begin working on standards and open source code development collaborations. JDF offers Linux Foundation communities and members a ‘standards in a box’ approach to advancing industry-wide transformation. JDF includes more than 250 participation companies and projects that include the Open Manufacturing Platform, GraphQL, DIF, Alliance for Open Media and more.

About the Linux Foundation

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