W3C officially released the Final Report on the Social Standards: The Future of Business workshop

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 8:34:00 AM

Earlier this week, the W3C officially released the Final Report on the Social Standards: The Future of Business workshop and announced to its Advisory Committee that chartering of new social standards will begin.

The W3C-OpenSocial Foundation joint workshop was convened with the goal of formulating a standardization strategy to make "social" a first-class citizen of the Web. The current landscape around social applications on the Web is fragmented, holding back business results; the Open Web Platform, with W3C's royalty-free patent policy, offers a sound base for moving forward. 

Conceived by the W3C Social Business Community Group, the workshop was hosted by AppFusions and sponsored by IBM and the Open Mobile Alliance.  The workshop featured two-days of presentations and intense discussions of the challenges, use cases, and potential standardization strategies for social. The workshop brought together over 70 individuals from more than 50 companies around this theme, ranging from start-ups like Crushpath to established enterprise social networks like Yammer. Boeing, AT&T, Dachis Group, Ford, Google, IBM, Jive Software, MIT, Mozilla, Oracle, SAP, SugarCRM, Salesforce, Telecom Italia, Tibco, UCF, W3C and many other industry leaders and social business platform corporations were at the workshop. 

The lack of adequate standards makes it difficult to create platform bridging or application integration software that comprehensively serves mainstream social business needs of both users and organizations. A number of points of consensus emerged in the creation of this roadmap, including establishing one or more new Working Group(s) to create the next version of OpenSocial on top of the Open Web Platform, the creation of a group responsible for coordinating activities and messaging in the social space, and pursuing  work in the federation of social profiles, common data formats such as ActivityStreams, and work on "NoSQL" graph-based data" such as pursued by the Property Graph Model and API Community Group. New working groups around social standards at the W3C will be discussed in the Social Business Community Group

Workshop discussion topics included: 
  • Key use cases and requirements driving social business
  • Technologies that can be standardized to solve the problems facing social business
  • Overall architecture of social business interoperability needs
  • The difference between standards inside the enterprise and across enterprises
  • Organic approaches that are evolving without standardization, such as user engagement and custom integration designs
  • Next steps for evolved social specifications, ranging from OpenSocial to the Federated Social Web
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"For a long time, the W3C has thought that social standards need to be a first-class citizen on the Web. By partnering with the OpenSocial Foundation, we will lay the groundwork for this next step in the evolution of the Web, at our joint workshop in August," said Harry Halpin, a W3C team member. "We expect that social standards will eventually have as huge an impact as HTML5 has had, both across the enterprise and for users."

"OMA is a pioneer in the area of social network standardization, leveraging early specifications and actively liaising with W3C and OpenSocial to achieve an end-to-end, standard solution in the mobile space," said Laurent-Walter Goix, Mobile Social Network Champion at OMA. "We're proud to have sponsored this workshop, which comprehensively addresses social business by joining the needs, opportunities and minds of many industry players towards a timely and relevant standardization effort."

"There is a tremendous need for a standardized component model for delivery of cloud applications into the enterprise, and across many platforms. OpenSocial is the only community-led initiative working in this space to define a standard," said Mark Weitzel, President of the OpenSocial Foundation. "In working with the W3C, we believe that we can accomplish more and reach a broader audience of developers to proliferate and optimize solutions across enterprises. We are excited to progress our objectives with these upcoming discussions in San Francisco."

About AppFusions
AppFusions is a leader in packaged platform-to-platform integration solutions bridging information silos, and streamlining enterprise process and data redundancies. As early development adopters, AppFusions is already deploying OpenSocial-compliant integrations with Jive Software or IBM Connections on one side, and Atlassian JIRA, Confluence, Stash, FishEye, Crucible, and/or Bamboo on the other side.

Overall, the company's achievements include packaged solutions with Atlassian JIRA, Confluence, Crowd, IBM Connections, IBM Sametime, Jive, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Alfresco, Google Analytics, LingoTek, UserVoice, Parature, iRise, and more. AppFusions' customers include Fortune 10s to SMBs. Learn more at http://appfusions.com.

About Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)

OMA is the wireless industry’s focal point for the development of mobile service enabler specifications, which support the creation of interoperable end-to-end mobile services. OMA drives service enabler architectures and open enabler interfaces that are independent of the underlying wireless networks and platforms and that work across devices, service providers, operators, networks, and geographies. More information at www.openmobilealliance.org

The OpenSocial Explorer: A Tool For OpenSocial Developers

Friday, April 05, 2013 at 7:17:00 AM

Today the OpenSocial Foundation released the OpenSocial Explorer, a new open source project meant to help developers learn how to build OpenSocial gadgets.

One of the biggest challenges any developer faces when trying to learn a new framework or component model is how to get started. OpenSocial has a robust and mature set of features that bring a tremendous amount of power to the developer. As every developer knows, it doesn't matter how easy a platform is to understand if you don't have something to help you get started!

The OpenSocial Explorer is meant to address this exact issue. It's goal is simple: Get you up and running in minutes.

The OpenSocial Explorer provides developers with sample gadgets demonstrating how to use various features of the OpenSocial specification. It allows developers to modify those samples and quickly re-render the application to explore how those changes effect the gadget. This not only allows you an easy way to understand all the features of OpenSocial but provides a great jumping off point for getting started with your own gadget.

The OpenSocial Explorer is a community effort and we are constantly adding new samples. We are also looking to host a version of this to further accelerate the launch time.

Within in the coming months we will try to address both of these but we need your help! We are looking for people interested in contributing to the project. We welcome all contributions so if you are interested in helping out evolve the project please contribute whatever you can! See the project page for information on how to get started. We encourage everyone to contribute back to the OpenSocial Explorer, however, we realize that may not be possible in all cases. So, if you find bugs or would like new features, please create a GitHub issue.

Check out the video below and get started today!!!!


Posted on behalf of Ryan Baxter by Mark Weitzel, President, OpenSocial Foundation

Nominations are now open for OpenSocial Community Board Members

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:27:00 AM

We are pleased to announce that the nominations for the Community Elected Board seat are now Open! The nomination period will run from March 22, 2013 through April 5, 2013. To nominate yourself for the board, simply email officers@opensocial.org with you name, company/project affiliation, and desire to be on the board.

Anyone OpenSocial member is able to serve on the board. The only requirement to nominate or hold the position is that you must be a member of the OpenSocial Foundation. There are no membership fees to join OpenSocial. All you need to do is fill out a simple on-line membership application.

Modern Social Application Development Demands Leaner and More Streamlined JavaScript Libraries

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 1:10:00 PM


HANNOVER, Germany – March 6, 2013 – The OpenSocial Foundation today announced here at CeBIT, the world’s leading high-tech event showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions, the launch of a new effort to define, design and release a next generation social application tool kit.  This project will include an evolution of the OpenSocial specification and a new open source effort focused on streamlining and simplifying the approach to tightly integrated collaboration across social applications for both enterprises and consumers.

“We have seen a significant evolution in the use cases and underlying technology of social enabled applications over the past 10 years,” says Matt Tucker, chief technology officer and co-founder of Jive Software.  “It is time that the standards driving the interoperability between social applications evolve along the lines of a leaner, more agile approach.”

To support the project launch, OpenSocial Foundation board members including Mark Weitzel, foundation president, will represent the foundation during the CeBIT conference in Germany as well as participate in a panel on the future of social business.

The OpenSocial Foundation was established in 2008 with the charter to provide the leading and most mature standards-based component model for SaaS-delivered social business applications.  As an industry recognized standards body, the OpenSocial Foundation provides the forum for social business application companies like IBM, Jive and SugarCRM as well as industry leading consulting companies including the Dachis Group to jointly define the interoperability standards for today’s rapidly growing social applications market.  "We have OpenSocial support on the SAP Jam roadmap as an integral way to integrate enterprise applications in today's social workplace," says Sameer Patel, general manager of Enterprise Social Software for SAP.  

In the past five years, the foundation has led the social collaboration industry with efforts in defining groundbreaking new technology developments like the Embedded Experience and Social Feeds.

"Great adoption is driven by culture and technology. Embedding social capabilities into business process and applications drives higher engagement and adoption in any organization -- and those are the core elements of achieving strong ROI,” says Sandy Carter, vice president of Social Business Evangelism and Sales at IBM  “IBM continues our leadership of OpenSocial to accelerate market value while maximizing existing IT investments"

With the launch of this new effort, the OpenSocial Foundation is setting the strategic direction for the OpenSocial community on the path of defining and implementing a new approach to the underlying components of an interconnected set of socially-aware applications.

“There is no better implementation of an open standard than through an open source project,” remarks Clint Oram, chief technology officer and co-founder of SugarCRM Inc.  “By committing to both an evolution of the specification and the surrounding open source projects incorporating the latest developments in HTML5, modern browser technologies and JavaScript libraries like node.js and jQuery, the OpenSocial Foundation is responding to the demands of its community.”

To participate in the definition of the next generation of open social technology standards, please contact the foundation at president@opensocial.org

About the OpenSocial Foundation
The OpenSocial Foundation is an industry-recognized standards body dedicated to advancing the social web through community innovation and open source.  Widely supported by a majority of leading consumer and enterprise social platforms, such as IBM, Jive, and SugarCRM, the OpenSocial specification fosters the development of a growing set of socially aware off-the-shelf applications.  Through open source projects such as Apache Rave and Shindig, it provides a well-defined way for 3rd-party applications to richly interact with users directly in their activity stream.

Come learn more about OpenSocial at ApacheCon US in Portland this February

Monday, January 28, 2013 at 3:00:00 AM

I'm excited to announce the OpenSocial Foundations presence at ApacheCon NA in Portland at the end of February. We have two great sessions lined up...

As a foundation, we are very excited to be participating in this event, and look forward to helping more people become aware of this open standard for social business middleware.

OpenSocial at IBM Connect 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013 at 4:49:00 PM

Many app developers have taken advantage of the new support for OpenSocial 2.0 for IBM Connections to build apps for the worldwide market leading social business platform.

TemboSocial, for example, has added peer recognition to IBM Connections and integrates into the activity stream and provides OpenSocial embedded apps . ISW who has built a gamification layer for IBM Connections has also taken advantage of the OpenSocial integration points. AppFusions has also used OpenSocial to integrate Atlassian's JIRA, Confluence and Stash with IBM Connections as shown in the demo below.


And there's plenty plenty more! In fact there's over 200 partners attending the Ready for Social Business Showcase at the IBM Connect reference.

With the #IBMConnect conference just a few days away, it's likely more app developers will start taking advantage of this as well. At the conference, there will be an App Dev Throwdown where 14 companies. The winner will be featured during Wednesday morning's keynote.

The conference is also a great opportunity to get even more app developers on board. At the IBM Connect conference, app developers can take advantage of the following sessions to learn how to use OpenSocial within the enterprise. Here's a list of all the App Dev and/or OpenSocial related sessions at the conference. Make sure you add them to your calendar:

  • AD101: Social Applications Made Easy with the New Social Business Toolkit SDK
  • AD103 : Social Standards Across IBM Connections, IBM Notes, IBM iNotes and IBM Domino
  • AD104: IBM Connections Activity Stream Integration with OpenSocial
  • AD206 : IBM Lotus Domino XPages: Embrace, Extend, Integrate
  • AD212 : Whats New in IBM Lotus Notes Widgets and LiveText: Linking Your Data to the World!
  • AD405: Empower your Social Business with SAP Processes in the Activity Stream
  • AD407: Qualifying Round for App Dev Throwdown I
  • AD408: Qualifying Round for App Dev Throwdown II
  • BP209 : In The Land of Social Apps, the API is King
  • CUST108: How 3M Integrated SAP into the Activity Stream Using OpenSocial
  • ID101 : What's New in IBM iNotes 9.0 Social Edition
  • INV110: App Dev Strategy: Coding Social Business Applications
  • INV211 : The New Social Business Paradigm with OpenSocial
  • INV213: The Roadmap for Enterprise Social: From Social Email to Universal Activity Streams
  • JMP102 : Extending Your App Arsenal With OpenSocial
  • JMP202: Extending IBM Connection to Build an Exceptional Social Learning Platform
  • SHOW301: Becoming a Connections Developer: Lessons from the Field
Follow along @IBMConnect.

As you can see, with IBM's backing of OpenSocial 2.0, OpenSocial continues to take over the enterprise!


Posted on behalf of Luis Benitez

OpenSocial Foundation Events for Q1 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013 at 1:51:00 PM

Happy New Year everyone! We hope 2013 will be as promising and rewarding of a year as it's shaping up for OpenSocial. We are excited to announce us being a part of several events this quarter...

IBM Connect

Once again there will be lots of OpenSocial going on at IBM Connect, going on in Orlando from January 27th thru the 31st. In the exhibits area stop by the IBM Signature Solutions Area to see how OpenSocial is being leveraged to extend the reach and integration of Social Capabilities to third-party applications. You'll learn more about OpenSocial and other standards are driving innovation for integration across business applications.

There also are a number of OpenSocial related sessions, namely...
  • INV211 : The New Social Business Paradigm with OpenSocial
  • AD103 : Social Standards Across IBM Connections, IBM Notes, IBM iNotes and IBM Domino
  • AD206 : IBM Lotus Domino XPages: Embrace, Extend, Integrate
  • AD212 : Whats New in IBM Lotus Notes Widgets and LiveText: Linking Your Data to the World!
  • ID101 : What's New in IBM iNotes 9.0 Social Edition
  • BP209 : In The Land of Social Apps, the API is King
  • JMP102 : Extending Your App Arsenal With OpenSocial

ApacheCon NA

We will also be a part of ApacheCon North America 2013, going in Portland, OR from February 24th thru the 28th. The official conference, trainings, and expo of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), ApacheCon draws Open Source users, developers, gurus, students, novices, community managers, and enthusiasts to address today’s issues, opportunities, and solutions focusing on the ASF’s nearly 150 projects and initiatives. With both Shindig and Rave as official Apache projects, we will be bring the OpenSocial message through two sessions...

CeBIT 2013 - Hannover, Germany

We will also be at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, which is the world's largest and most international computer expo. Held each year on the Hanover fairground, it is considered a barometer of the state of the art in information technology. We are excited to have a panel discussion with several OpenSocial Foundation board members, along with foundation president Mark Weitzel, on one of the stages. In addition, look for OpenSocial foundation members SugarCRM and IBM exhibiting, and come visit the OW2 village.

We look forward to having more events in 2013 to bring the OpenSocial message to the social business community.