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Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation Merge to Form OpenJS Foundation

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Newly Formed Foundation to Accelerate Next Phase of JavaScript Ecosystem Growth

OPEN SOURCE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, Half Moon Bay, Calif. — March 12, 2019 — The Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation today announced they are merging to form the OpenJS Foundation.

The mission of the OpenJS Foundation is to support the healthy growth of JavaScript and web technologies by providing a neutral organization to host and sustain projects, as well as collaboratively fund activities that benefit the ecosystem as a whole. The OpenJS Foundation is made up of 31 open source JavaScript projects including Appium, Dojo, jQuery, Node.js, and webpack.

“This is an exciting step forward for the entire open source JavaScript community, as it strengthens the impact of our collective efforts under one united Foundation,” said Dave Methvin, Technical Advisory Committee Chair, JS Foundation. “A new merged Foundation is able to better serve the community and members to grow the JavaScript ecosystem from a technology and standards perspective.”

The OpenJS Foundation is supported by 30 corporate and end user members, including GoDaddy, Google, IBM, Joyent, PayPal, and Microsoft. These members recognize the interconnected nature of the JavaScript ecosystem and the importance of providing a neutral home for projects which represent significant shared value.

“OpenJS Foundation will provide improved member and community engagement by creating one, premier home for projects within the open JavaScript community to provide access to resources that enable better collaboration and sustainability,” said Mike Dolan, vice president of strategic programs, the Linux Foundation. “By creating a single vibrant home for any JavaScript project, the OpenJS Foundation is able to increase collaboration across the ecosystem.”

The JS Foundation and Node.js Foundation have coexisted independently for a number of years. Thanks to the interconnected nature of the JavaScript ecosystem, both organizations have grown continuously closer in technical collaboration including hosting a joint technical conference, Node+JS Interactive, beginning in 2018, which resulted in the largest event to date with a 25% increase in event attendance over the previous year.  

The merger process started six months ago, and included consensus gathering from the community as well as close collaboration with the Linux Foundation and the governing boards of the Node.js Foundation and the JS Foundation. Today’s announcement celebrates a turning point in this process as the new governance structure is now in place and the community will start operating under the OpenJS Foundation.

The OpenJS Foundation will eliminate operational redundancies between the two organizations, streamline the experience for companies that provide essential financial support through membership, and coordinate efforts within the JavaScript community and with affiliated standards bodies.

New members and new project proposals are welcome to join at any time.

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About OpenJS Foundation

The OpenJS Foundation is committed to supporting the healthy growth of the JavaScript ecosystem and web technologies by providing a neutral organization to host and sustain projects, as well as collaboratively fund activities for the benefit of the community at large. The OpenJS Foundation is made up of 29 open source JavaScript projects including Appium, Dojo, jQuery, and Node.js, and webpack and is supported by 30 corporate and end user members, including GoDaddy, Google, IBM, Joyent, PayPal, and Microsoft. These members recognize the interconnected nature of the JavaScript ecosystem and the importance of providing a central home for projects which represent significant shared value.

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Node.js Foundation Update, June 2018

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This post is from Todd Moore, chairperson of the Node.js Foundation and Vice President of Open Technology at IBM. Every month Node.js Foundation provides major updates from the most recent foundation board meeting.

The Node.js Board of Directors met in a private meeting on June 25 via conference call. At this meeting, Mark Hinkle, executive director of Node.js Foundation, announced his resignation. We appreciate everything Mark has done in the past year to help support the foundation’s mission to advance and fortify Node.js adoption and development. Mark’s initial order of business is to take a long road trip with his new dog, Woodford. We wish him well. “Thank you!” from the Board and the members of the Node.js Foundation team.

With Mark’s departure, The Linux Foundation team will help lead Node.js Foundation as we look for a new executive director. In the interim, Mike Dolan from The Linux Foundation will help coordinate with the rest of the team working on the project. They’ll help us advance our priorities to grow Node.js on all fronts, from community education and ecosystem development to future releases and market adoption. Of course, The Linux Foundation team and Kris Borchers from JS Foundation will also focus on ensuring JS Interactive, taking place October 10–12 in Vancouver, Canada, is a success.

Additionally, Node.js leaders recently recommended converting the single Individual Membership director seat currently held by Ashley Williams to a Community Committee Director seat. Tracy Hinds was elected by the Community Committee to this position and will now serve on the Node.js Foundation Board of Directors for one year. Thanks also to Ashley for her service to the Foundation Board and her commitment to Node.js.