The Eclipse Foundation is a world leader in software ecosystems based on business friendly open source and open innovation. The Foundation is now contributing this expertise to support the exploitation and dissemination strategies of European Research Projects.
The Eclipse Foundation member companies build commercially successful products and applications on top of the Eclipse Platform. At the same time, they provide expertise within the Eclipse ecosystem often working with competitors to collaboratively build open source frameworks and tools.
With over 200 member companies and institutions worldwide, including over 100 in Europe, the Eclipse community is well-positioned to participate in European research projects. Already many research projects develop their innovation with and on top of Eclipse, including research in model-driven engineering and multi-core development.
Every year since 2006 Eclipse has coordinated the simultaneous release of over 70 of its key open source projects. The Eclipse organization is the only open source organization that has been able to coordinate the work of hund- reds of developers from many companies and deliver on time in a planned schedule each year.
Eclipse Working Groups (WGs) replicate the best practices of Eclipse OSS management in new domains:
Academics bring new innovations that enable better productivity and new processes in large organizations. SMEs industrialize the innovation transferred through open source projects to support a product-based or expertise-based business model.
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Developing project artifacts as open source as soon as an initial version exists creates visibility on direction and progress.
Providing staged demonstrators through the participating organizations greatly improves feedback and interaction from and with the stakeholders and the developer communities.
Three Eclipse Foundation international conferences:
The Eclipse Foundation also supports more than 50 smaller events each year, including Eclipse DemoCamps and Eclipse Days (one-day local conferences).
The Eclipse Foundation organizes shared participation in large conferences (such as Embedded World) through an Eclipse village with space for research projects to showcase their innovations.
Exploitation is driven by availability, open governance, quality, and IP cleanliness. Providing the platform under an OSS license such as the Eclipse Public License supports these goals very well. Users and adopters can trust the open governance model that provides a level playing field and commercial exploitation under a business-friendly open source license. The Eclipse IP process ensures that the IP created is tracked and properly managed.
In some industries, platforms and tools must be available for a lifecycle of well over 20 years. With the experience of the Eclipse Foundation and the Eclipse ecosystem, it is possible to provide long-term support and design the platform in a way that allows for continuous and open innovation.
Industrial applications require measurable indicators of project maturity. The Eclipse Foundation deploys assessment processes and tools in Polarsys to help members evaluate the maturity of Eclipse projects and to support projects in achieving higher maturity levels.
The Eclipse Foundation is a partner in the Amalthea4Public project. The mandate of the Foundation is to manage the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project. This includes mentoring and providing support for:
One of the outstanding results of OPEES is the creation of PolarSys, the Eclipse Working Group foropen source tools for embedded systems.
The growing PolarSys community of members includes Airbus, CEA LIST, Ericsson, Thales, and several SMEs. Projects provide open source solutions for systems engine- ering, from requirements engineering to verification and validation, including development and debug.
The Eclipse Foundation is open to working with other industry research projects. We specialize in creating open collaborative development projects and then the dissemination of the technology to a large community. If you would like more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org