Formed in June 2007, the OpenID Foundation (OIDF) promotes, protects and nurtures the OpenID community and technologies.
The Foundation is a non-profit, international standardization organization of individuals and companies committed to enabling, promoting and protecting OpenID technologies. It serves as a public trust organization representing the global community of developers, vendors, and users. The Foundation supports this community by providing needed infrastructure and assistance in promoting and supporting the expanded adoption of OpenID technologies which entails managing intellectual property and brand marks as well as fostering viral growth and global participation.
OIDF specifications are created within working groups that are focused on a specific problem, technology, or opportunity for which the contributors deliver a document or series of documents. Each working group has a number of contributors, one or more editors, one or more chairs, and a written charter. The charter defines the scope of work for the working group, as well as its goals and milestones. The completion of a working group charter and subsequent disbanding of the group are viewed as a sign of success.
The Foundation engages and updates the global open community on it’s efforts through participation at industry events as well as hosting stand-alone workshops and workshops with key liaison partners. OIDF workshops provide technical insight and influence on current identity standards while allowing participants to engage with industry experts from leading organizations on the latest digital identity topics.