HPA Tech Retreat: Latest From Academy Software Foundation
By Debra Kaufman
In 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established the Academy Software Foundation, with the mission of increasing the “quality and quantity of open source contributions … [to] lower the barrier to entry for developing and using” it. Its genesis was a survey conducted by the AMPAS Science and Technology Council that found 84 percent of those in the media & entertainment industry used it — but had challenges. At HPA Tech Retreat, ASWF executive director David Morin updated the group’s activities.
Morin, who credits the leadership of AMPAS Science and Technology Council managing director Andy Maltz, the Linux Foundation and ASWF member companies, described how ASWF has modeled its project infrastructure after the one created by the Linux Foundation. That includes a technical steering committee for every project, a technical advisory council that makes decisions about software, and a governing board, made up of member companies to clear the way for marketing, legal and budget.
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