FiWare

 

The FIWARE Foundation is the legal independent body providing shared resources to help achieving the FIWARE mission by promoting, augmenting, protecting, and validating the FIWARE technologies as well as the activities of the FIWARE community, empowering its members including end users, developers and rest of stakeholders in the entire ecosystem.

The FIWARE Foundation is open: anybody can join contributing to a transparent governance of FIWARE activities and rising through the ranks, based on merit.

The FIWARE
Mission

To develop an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the creation of Smart Applications in multiple sectors.

FIWARE
Technologies

Using FIWARE technologies, organizations can capture the opportunities that are emerging with the new wave of digitalisation brought by combining the Internet of Things with Context Information Management and Big Data services on the Cloud.

Using FIWARE technologies, developers can gather context information at large scale from many different sources. FIWARE also helps to easily process, analyse and visualize managed context information, easing the implementation of the smart behaviour and the enhanced user experience required by next-generation Smart Applications.

The FIWARE
Community

The FIWARE Community comprises all individuals and organizations contributing to achieve the FIWARE Mission. The FIWARE Community is not only formed by contributors to the technology (the Open Source Community working on the FIWARE platform), but also those who contribute in building the FIWARE ecosystem and making it sustainable over time.

How activities
are coordinated

The FIWARE Technical Steering Committee governs the technical direction of the FIWARE platform and activities of the FIWARE Open Source Community. Governance of the rest of activities carried out by members of the FIWARE Community is organized through Ecosystem Support Committees.

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GOALS &
OBJECTIVES

of the FIWARE FOUNDATION

EMPOWER

Developers

To bring best-of-breed tools to write great code, manage the development process and benefit from quality validation processes.

Users

To access great software easing the development of new solutions, making the best use of the, being able to provide feedback and benefit from large-scale testing facilities.

Companies and
other organizations

To build a powerful, sustainable and profitable ecosystem and marketplace.

PROMOTE

The new technologies integrated in FIWARE, fostering their adoption as de-facto standards.

The developers producing such new technologies.

The offering built with or around FIWARE Technologies.

The users of the FIWARE Technologies who build such offering.

The FIWARE ecosystem as a catalyser for economic opportunities.

 

AUGMENT

Increasing interfaces for connectivity.

Bringing new enablers that extend the functionality provided by the FIWARE platform.

Increasing use cases for new application domains.

PROTECT

The FIWARE trademark.

The compliance with the FIWARE Code of Conduct.

FIWARE Technologies by ensuring they remain available as Open Source.

The openness, meritocracy and transparency which guides the decision making.

VALIDATE

The labelling qualifying the Quality Assurance of the FIWARE Technologies.

Organizations that own the expertise to validate “Powered by FIWARE” solutions, “FIWARE IoT-ready” devices or people/organizations capable to provide FIWARE development, integration, training and consulting services.

GOVERNANCE

The FIWARE Foundation
have the following bodies:

Board of
Directors (BoD)

The body responsible of overall strategic direction, definition of bylaws of the FIWARE Foundation.

Board of
Officers (BoO)

The body responsible for the daily operations and well-functioning of the FIWARE Foundation.

 
 

Technical Steering
Committee

The body where technical decisions are taken.

Mission Support
Committees

The bodies where non-technical activities are coordinated.

General
Assembly

Is the annual assembly of all members of the FIWARE Foundation.

MEMBERSHIP

Members of the FIWARE Foundation can be individuals and organizations of any kind.

There are four
levels of members:

Platinum
member (pm)

Those who, strategically committing to FIWARE, hold the key responsibility in managing the Foundation. Any legally established organization, except non-profit organisations, may apply to become PM.

GOLD
member (Gm)

Those legally established organizations committed to FIWARE having an active role in pursuing the FIWARE Mission. Any legally established organization, except non-profit, may apply for GM.

 
 

INDIVIDUAL
member (Im)

Any natural person who contributes to the FIWARE Mission.

Associated
member (Am)

Non-profit legal entities that do not fall under any of the categories above; and contribute the FIWARE Mission.

PM AND GM STRATEGIC END USER MEMBER (SEU)

A special level of membership, dedicated to companies and organisations who are actually users of FIWARE-based solutions, but not developers nor providers of FIWARE or FIWARE-based solutions.

HOW
TO JOIN

The Organization or Individual who wishes to become Member of the FIWARE Foundation shall:

 

  1. Apply to the Secretary and provide the information
    required by the Board of Directors.

  2. Sign a Membership Agreement.
     

Signature of the Membership Agreement implies that the Organisation or Individual applying for membership complies with the obligations of FIWARE Foundation Members as defined in the Bylaws, the Association Code, the Fee Code, and the Code of Conduct.

Extended information about the governance bodies of the FIWARE Foundation, the membership, the specific rights and duties of each type of member and the process to become member, could be found at /foundation/bylaws.

DRIVING
ADOPTION

FIWARE has gained relevance as the vendor-neutral platform defining standards that make it possible for all types of businesses and industries to build and share portable and interoperable smart solutions around the globe. The FIWARE Foundation business strategy is currently focused on three main application domains but may expand to other verticals based on demand:

 

SMART CITIES

FIWARE is enabling a new generation of smarter applications which exploit large scale, real-time ‘context information’. Our efforts focus on the promotion of the interoperability and the free flow of data within and between smart cities, the collaboration between cities for the adoption of common standards that can enable a landscape of diverse but interoperable Smart City solutions. FIWARE is boosting the creation of a sizable market on which developers can start investing and cities provide the basis for the development of an Economy of Data.

 
 
 

AGRIFOOD

According to recent studies, by 2050, food production must have increased by 70% to meet the demand of the growing worldwide population. Agricultural workers must take advantage of the technology available in order to optimize and correct inefficiencies through the whole process: the production of foodstuffs for citizens and livestock, the distribution and consumption of raw and processed products and the control and handling of by-products and food waste.

INDUSTRY 4.0

The digitization of the economy relies on how we take value of data. How we transform data into context information that can be processed (gathered and offered) in a standard way. A way that will enable the creation of smart digital systems based on the contextual interaction of applications, implementing processes between themselves and with physical and virtual objects, across the whole value chain. That includes connecting people by connecting their digital personas, through sensors and other devices.

MISSION SUPPORT
COMMITTEES

FIWARE Accelerator Programme

The FIWARE Accelerator Programme aims at promoting the take up of FIWARE technologies among solution integrators and application developers, with special focus on SMEs and start-ups. Initiating this programme, the EU launched an ambitious campaign in September 2014 mobilizing 80M€ to support SMEs and entrepreneurs developing innovative applications based on FIWARE. Similar campaigns may be defined, with private and/or public support in different regions, as part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme.

More info at:
https://www.fiware.org/fiware-accelerator-programme

FIWARE Mundus

Although it was born in Europe, FIWARE has been designed with a global ambition, so that the benefits that its adoption is bringing can spread to other regions. The FIWARE Mundus programme is designed to support this effort engaging local ICT players and domain stakeholders, and eventually liaising with local governments in different parts of the world, including North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

More info at:
https://www.fiware.org/mundus/

FIWARE iHubs

Think globally but act locally is a distinguishing mark of the FIWARE ecosystem. The network of FIWARE iHubs plays a fundamental role in building the community of developers adopting and contributing to FIWARE, providing the necessary local support at local level. The FIWARE iHubs Programme aims at supporting the creation and the operations of iHubs nodes worldwide.

More info at:
https://www.fiware.org/ihubs/