After nine months of incubation under the Khronos Group, the Metaverse Standards Forum has become an independent industry consortium.
The Metaverse Standards Forum is Now an Independent Non-profit Industry Consortium
Less than a year after its initial launch, the Metaverse Standards Forum™ announces that it is now incorporated as an independent non-profit industry consortium. The Forum’s mission continues unchanged—to enable, foster and promote cooperation and coordination over metaverse-related interoperability between standards organizations, companies, and universities.
In June 2022, the Forum was launched and driven by the Khronos® Group. Today, with over 2,400 members and multiple active Working and Exploratory Groups focused on driving pragmatic interoperability advances, the Metaverse Standards Forum has organized its own governance, finances, and operations. Working Group activities remain freely accessible to any member, while new paid membership tiers enable members to be elected to leadership roles in the Forum while funding Forum projects.
“Interoperability is the key to the metaverse scaling to its full potential beyond siloed games, experiences, and worlds, and the unprecedented level of participation in the Forum demonstrates strong industry interest in the broad cooperation necessary to bring that vision to life,” says Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group and initial president of the Metaverse Standards Forum.
“The Forum does not itself develop standards but exists to help accelerate the mission of any industry initiative working for metaverse interoperability through fostering participation, building cooperative consensus and insights, and driving wider visibility for their efforts. We invite all interested organizations to participate in the now fully independent Forum.”
The Forum Maintains a Member-driven Exploratory and Working Group’s Pipeline
The Metaverse Standards Forum launched with 37 founding members and has grown to include various standards organizations, companies, industry consortia, platform vendors, hardware manufacturers, and end-user organizations. The Forum maintains a member-driven Exploratory and Working Group pipeline to address metaverse interoperability challenges and opportunities across multiple domains that the Forum membership has prioritized.
As the Forum does not create standards, participation creates no patent licensing obligations. All Members can participate in Forum Working Group meetings, and Forum activities are non-confidential, with all deliverables being freely and publicly distributed.
Forum Working Groups
Forum Working Groups operate under member-created charters that define pragmatic short-term projects that prioritize generating interoperability requirements and testing results to assist member organizations in accelerating their goals.
The first Working Groups include:
- Metaverse Standards Register is building a public database mapping the landscape of metaverse-related standardization activities and open standards.
- 3D Asset Interoperability enables alignment and cooperation between the USD and glTF™ 3D file formats.
- Real/Virtual World Integration examining and encouraging interoperability for use cases such as digital twins and visual positioning.
- Asset Management explores the digital rights standards landscape for identity, ownership, protection, transport, exchange, and monetization of digital virtual assets.
In addition, multiple Forum Exploratory Groups are building consensus on charters for upcoming Working Groups, including 3D web interoperability, interoperable avatars and characters, digital fashion and wearables, metaverse network requirements, end-user troubleshooting, and metaverse privacy, cybersecurity, and identity. Any Forum member may propose, participate in, or stand for election to lead a domain Working Group.
New Members May Immediately Join the Organization as Participants or Principal Members
As a newly independent non-profit organization, the Metaverse Standards Forum’s membership structure will evolve over the coming months. Current members will be offered continuing membership privileges for a transitional period. New members may immediately join the organization as Participants or Principal members.
Principal members play a key leadership role in the Forum, enjoy priority marketing and networking privileges, and may stand for election to the Forum Board of Directors. Principal membership dues have been carefully tiered to enable and encourage participation by organizations of all types and sizes.
Membership in the Metaverse Standards Forum is open to all. More information and pricing details can be found here.
About the Metaverse Standards Forum
The Metaverse Standards Forum is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering metaverse interoperability. Open to all organizations of any size, including standards organizations, companies, and universities, the Forum is committed to promoting open standards, collaboration, and best practices to pave the way for an open, inclusive, and accessible metaverse. Metaverse Standards Forum members engage in building consensus on interoperability requirements, prototyping, plugfests, and open-source tool development.
Learn more at metaverse-standards.org, and follow the Metaverse Standards Forum on Twitter @metaverse_forum.
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