OpenAssetIO first project to be included in ASWF’s new project framework

London, United Kingdom

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London, August 3 2022 - Foundry, the leading developer of creative software for the Media and Entertainment industries, today announces OpenAssetIO has been accepted as the Academy Software Foundation’s (ASWF) newest hosted project, and the first project to enter the Foundation in the sandbox stage.

The sandbox stage is the earliest entry point into the Foundation for young projects, to provide a framework and resources for continued development with the goal of graduating to the incubation stage within one year.

OpenAssetIO aims to give artists the ability to find and share deeply connected assets regardless of how or where they’re stored. Developed by Foundry, OpenAssetIO is an open-source interoperability standard between tools and asset management systems that reduces the integration effort and maintenance overhead of content creation pipelines. OpenAssetIO standardizes scalable asset-centric workflows by enabling tools and asset management systems to freely communicate with each other, without the need to know any specifics of their respective implementations.

“As the demand for more content continues to rise, our industry is scaling up with nimbler and more distributed ways of working. Our hope is that OpenAssetIO lays a foundation over which any creative tool can build better workflows to meet the challenge of how artists need to collaborate at scale,” said Mathieu Mazerolle, Director of Product, New Technology at Foundry. “We’re excited to have the Foundation’s support behind this project and, with it, the open source spirit that we believe is essential for sustainable industry transformation.”

Foundry is a founding member of the ASWF, which has adopted a new project framework to guide and support projects through sandbox, incubation and adoption phases prior to wider adoption and implementation by the Foundation.

OpenAssetIO’s journey into the ASWF’s lifecycle will be presented as part of OpenSource Days 22 on Monday August 8 at 1:10 PM PDT. The talk is free to attend, but attendees must also be registered for SIGGRAPH. Registration details can be found here.