Spec-Ops Joins Conservancy as a Member Project
March 8, 2016
Software Freedom Conservancy proudly welcomes Spec-Ops, a newly-created project dedicated to supporting the creation of open standards in critical areas, including payments and identity, and to developing freely-licensed software that tests and/or implements those standards. Spec-Ops joins over thirty free and open source software projects who call Conservancy their non-profit corporate home.
"We are thrilled to join Conservancy," said Shane McCarron, Projects Manager at Spec-Ops. "Open source relies upon open standards. There is no organization more dedicated to fostering the openness of computing than Software Freedom Conservancy. Our leadership team and Standards Champions needed a space where they could focus on driving those open standards. Joining the Conservancy gives us that space. We stand on the shoulders of giants."
"We're honored to have Spec-Ops become a member Conservancy's family," said Karen M. Sandler, Conservancy's Executive Director. "We're excited about their ambitious plans to support critical open standards development, and we look forward to providing them with the support they need."
Spec-Ops' launching has created buzz and enthusiasm in the open standards community, and many community luminaries and veterans have come forward to announce their support. "Spec-Ops is a real answer—a solution developed by a great group of standards veterans who know firsthand how badly the commons needs tending," said Drummond Reed, Founding Board Member of the OpenID Foundation, co-chair of the OASIS XRI and XDI Technical Committees, and Co-Founder and CEO of the Respect Network. "I support Spec-Ops wholeheartedly and look forward to working with them for many years to come." Spec-Ops has published additional quotes of endorsement on their website.
Spec-Ops' mission is to identify critical open standards activities and move them along. Spec-Ops puts experts in the room who understand the technology, who know about the process of creating standards, and who have no specific personal or corporate agenda — then lets them get on with it. Spec-Ops also develops free and open source software (licensed under BSD-style licenses) to test and implement these standards, in order to speed adoption and ensure their long term viability and success.