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.
The OpenID Foundation's certification program enables deployments of OpenID Connect and the Financial-grade API (FAPI) to be certified to specific conformance profiles to promote interoperability among implementations. The OpenID Foundation's certification process utilizes self-certification and conformance test suites developed by the Foundation. Anyone is eligible to self-certify that their deployments of products or services implementing an OpenID Provider or Relying Party conform to generally available conformance profiles of the OpenID Connect and FAPI protocols. An entity that submits a self-certification to the OpenID Foundation is certifying that it has conducted specified testing of its deployment of a product or service, including the use of the Foundation's conformance test suites. The entity making the certification request must be affiliated with or responsible for the implementation being certified; it cannot be an unrelated party. OpenID Certification Program FAQ: https://openid.net/certification/faq/