OpenJS Foundation’s first year: Successes and next steps
A great first year
We join the OpenJS Foundation in their celebration of a successful first year, full of sweat, deliberation, and lots of code. While we still have plenty of work to do (get involved!), we are also able to celebrate many successes from the first year. Let’s look at a few highlights.
- New projects – We’re excited about all the new projects that joined the foundation this year, including nvm and Fastify in the beginning and Electron and AMP later in the year. No matter their size, each of project plays a valuable role in the community, and we are thrilled that they have decided to join the foundation.
- Successful executive director search – The foundation is in excellent hands with Robin Ginn at the helm. Her experience and leadership is known within the industry and her announcement to join the foundation as ED was celebrated.
- New member companies – Netflix, Skyscanner, and Vincit joined the foundation, and we think that their insight and involvement will be incredibly valuable.
- Successful events – The Montreal Node + JS Interactive event and the two most recent Collaborators Summit events were all great successes. We look forward to what we can do virtually in the coming months and are eager to get the hallway track back in session once society returns to some sense of normalcy.
- Node.js certifications – A project that has taken a lot of effort to complete, the professional certification program provides developers with another way to show their capabilities and provides companies another way to recognize valuable talent.
- Governance – Members wrote, tested, and refined the foundational governance needed to support the work of the Cross Project Council and the foundation. This governance will continue to evolve and improve over time, but the work we did in the first year laid the foundation for success in years to come.
- Increasing the level of understanding and sharing between the projects within the OpenJS Foundation and looking for ways to share the unique knowledge each project has to build shared processes, approaches or ways of doing things that allow the sum of the projects to operate more easily, efficiently and effectively than any one of the projects could do on their own. A great example of this is the expansion of the Node.js collaborator summit as described above.
Why open foundations matter
IBM has a long history of deep involvement in open source and open governance going on nearly 30 years. From our work with Linux, Apache, and Eclipse in the early years of open source to our current work across a variety of technologies, communities and foundations, IBM has learned that communities that are inclusive and adhere to open governance principles tend to attract the largest following and most vibrant and healthy ecosystems.
Foundations are an integral part of open source, which allow for an equal and open playing field for people and companies to work together to forward the shared mission. It’s this kind of environment where IBMer’s love to contribute and can accomplish more than they could on their own by collaborating with the broader community. IBM has built a culture around such contributions and collaborations.
We understand that all of this will not be easy to achieve but feel that having goals is a large part of making sure you head in the right direction even if that changes along the way or if it takes a long time to get there.
We look forward to working with all of the other collaborators in the OpenJS Foundation and its member projects towards a successful second year.