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OW2 is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to developing open source code infrastructure. OW2 federates IT vendors and users, universities and research centers from Europe, Asia and the Americas representing thousands of IT professionals.

OW2 Consortium logo
Formation 1 January 2007; 10 years ago (2007-01-01)
Type Consortium
Around 6000 IT professionals
Leader Cédric Thomas
6 employees



The old ObjectWeb logo

Key DatesEdit

2007: OW2 Consortium is launched, leveraging the ObjectWeb code base. China Local Chapter launch.

2008: 1,000 individual members milestone passed. Europe Local Chapter, Business Intelligence Initiative launch.

2009: First OW2 Annual Conference. JOnAS 5 Java EE 5 certification and JavaOne community booth. Brazil Local Chapter launch. Open Solutions Alliance merges with OW2. First OW2 Programming Contest.

2010: Open Source Cloudware Initiative (OSCi) launch. Software Quality Assurance and Trustworthiness (SQuAT) program launch. First collaborative project launch: CHOReOS FP7.

2011: CompatibleOne project launch, First FISL participation, First Bay Area OW2 Meetup, First China Open Source Week.

2012: OpenCloudware, XLcloud, Ocean and RISCOSS projects launched, Future Internet Software and Services initiative (FISSi) launch, First Open Source Solutions roadshow in Brazil.

2013: CHOReOS project presented at CeBIT. First Cloud Interoperability Week organized.

2014: Big Data initiative launched. New event series: OW2 Open Cloud Forums. New OW2 Webinars. OW2con'14 annual conference held at Open Stack Summit, in Paris.

2015: New collaborative projects: OCCIware, AppHub, CHOReVOLUTION. OW2 Privacy and Security initiative launched (PRISi) launch. First Open Cloud Park co-organization at Cloud Expo Europe in London.

2016: Accessibility Initiative (OSAi) launch. SQuAT becomes OSCAR (Open-source Software Capability Assessment Radar). Special Jury Award at Paris Open Source Summit.

2017: OW2 celebrates its 10th anniversary. Open source project market readiness index announced.


OW2 key values are: Openness, Trust, Fairness, Transparency and Independence.

OW2 aims at leveraging open source to foster collaborative innovation and create value by sharing expertise, experience, and opportunities. The community is positioned in the open source value chain as the platform enabling to connect producers of code and users of the same code.

Open source projects are collaborative by nature; OW2 offers to projects and contributors a neutral environment where they can work together independently of private interests.


OW2 is dedicated to developing open source code infrastructure and to fostering a vibrant community and business ecosystem.

OW2 offers three kind of services :

1) Technical infrastructure:

OW2 provides developers with state-of-the-art technical infrastructure, offering project hosting and providing a number of services to facilitate the collaborative work (versioning, bug tracking, licenses, etc.).

2) Community Services:

OW2 offers a platform dedicated to connect members between them and with the international open source ecosystem at large.

3) Marketing Services:

OW2 develops brand awareness and promote its code base, offering high level of visibility to its projects and members on many industrial conferences and tradeshows.

OW2 provides in addition dissemination and community building services to R&D collaborative projects funded by European or French research programmes.

The activitiesEdit

The code base: OW2 hosts some sixty open source projects spanning enterprise solutions and components, application frameworks, engineering tools and libraries.

The Initiatives: Several of these projects are combined into market-driven Initiatives which facilitate their implementations into business solutions by systems integrators, OEMs and end-users.

List of OW2 initiatives launched from OW2 creation:

  • Open Source in Big Cities
  • Accessibility
  • Security
  • Future internet
  • Cloud Computing
  • Big Data
  • Business Intelligence
  • SOA
  • e-government


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