The Linux Foundation has announced plans to build an open source metaverse that it says could be “as influential as the World Wide Web” as long as companies, developers and founders unite to achieve common goals.
Aptly named Open the Metaverse Foundation (opens in a new tab) (OMF) has been divided into a number of groups it calls Fundamental Interest Groups, which aim to focus on different topics. These include, but are not limited to, transactions, virtual worlds and simulations, networks, security and privacy, and legal and political issues.
Many open source organizations and communities have come together to form the foundation, including the ChainHub Foundation, OpenSDV, and Veriken, each contributing its own wealth of knowledge.
“We’re still in the early stages of creating a vision for an open Metaverse, and we recognize that many open source communities and foundations are working on important pieces of this iterative puzzle,” said OMF Executive Director Royal O’Brien. announcement (opens in a new tab).
As preparations are underway for the open source metaverse, it is clear that collaboration and cooperation are what we need to ensure security and stability in an online world that remains largely unexplored to this day. O’Brien continues in blog post (opens in a new tab):
“Through the Foundation, we will work together to discuss, identify and build the building blocks to transform the emerging Metaverse concept into reality – spanning digital assets, simulations, transactions, AI, networking, security, privacy and legal issues. considerations”.
Moreover, the Linux Foundation aims to be a neutral environment for developers to share code and collaborate on innovative ideas, and has an extensive catalog of projects aimed at harmonizing technologies, including the recently announced OpenWallet Foundation, which aims to challenge the (lack of) interoperability between digital wallets.