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After months of community feedback, deliberation, and collaboration, IBM is excited to celebrate the merger of the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation into the newly formed OpenJS Foundation. IBM has been active in both foundations, particularly Node.js, for years, and we are thrilled about what this merger means for the future of JavaScript and Node.js.

Benefits to the ecosystem and community

The OpenJS Foundation’s mission is to foster the health and growth of JavaScript, Node.js, and other web technologies, as well as the communities that support them.

We believe bringing the two foundations together under the OpenJS Foundation will create a better channel for collaborating across the JavaScript ecosystem, resulting in more active, growing projects. This singular focus creates a unified, vibrant home for any project in the JavaScript ecosystem.

Both organizations have spent years building their technical and community skills, and that invaluable experience will result in healthier projects and communities. The new foundation will provide a wealth of resources, including:

  • Technical and community governance templates
  • Access to infrastructure
  • Marketing assistance
  • Support and direction for activities that benefit the entire ecosystem

These benefits are not limited only to hosted projects within the organization. There will also be a structure in place to help projects outside of the foundation grow as well.

Benefits to foundation members, including IBM

The OpenJS Foundation brings together the goals of both the JavaScript and Node.js Foundations, so companies and organizations no longer have to choose where to focus their JavaScript support — or their JavaScript dollars. Because IBM supported both the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation, we are really excited that we can now have an undivided place to focus our development and leadership support and attention.

A single point of entry for getting involved in open source JavaScript projects will also create a simpler, more engaging experience for new and prospective members. The unified mission and pooled resources under one organization will be a boon to the Node.js and JavaScript projects, creating a vibrant ecosystem that will attract new members. And as new members join, the foundation will benefit from their expertise and leadership.

The experience and knowledge within this new unified organization will keep us on the path of prosperity and longevity.

The future of JavaScript

What has been a long-time aspiration for some — a unified home for JavaScript and web technologies — is finally a reality. At IBM, we couldn’t be more excited.

This should be the beginning of great things to come as the OpenJS Foundation begins its journey as the shepherd for all things JavaScript, Node.js, and beyond. With the pervasive nature of JavaScript, the widespread adoption of Node.js, the vibrant community and the promise of the web, the days ahead should be exciting.

Get involved

The OpenJS Foundation is the central place to support collaborative development of JavaScript and web technologies. Interested in joining? Email them at membership@openjsf.org for more information.

Have a project you want to host with the new foundation? For more information on the OpenJS Foundation, please read the FAQ.