The Linux Foundation has announced that it is bringing the Joint Development Foundation under its wing, in order to bring together open source and open standards development and simplify the route to standardisation for developers.

The partnership between the two organisations will, they claim, benefit both individual open-source developers and corporate contributors as well as end users. Any Linux Foundation project will be free to use the Joint Development Foundation’s standard development model alongside the Linux Foundation’s agreements with other, external, standards organisations.

“Linux Foundation communities have been engaged in developing open standards and specifications around Linux since day one, and more recently with newer efforts such as OpenChain and the Open Container Initiative, to collectively solve technical challenges,” explains Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation executive director. “Leveraging the capabilities of the Joint Development Foundation will enable us to provide open source projects with another path to standardisation, driving greater industry adoption of standards and specifications to speed adoption.”

“We are excited to join the Linux Foundation to support the development of specifications and standards with the resources and scale that the Linux Foundation brings to its projects,” adds David Rudin, president of the Joint Development Foundation. “The Joint Development Foundation has brought together diverse communities to develop specifications and source code. We’re looking forward to working with the Linux Foundation, its projects and external standards organisations as we continue to foster new JDF standards.”

Existing Joint Development Foundation projects include the Alliance for Open Media, Decentralised Identity Foundation, Internet of Learning Consortium, and 3MF, while the non-profit organisation has grown to over 100 members since its formation in 2015.