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

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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