OpenVerse Ecosystem Task Force (OETF) launch❗

BDVA is glad that OpenVerse, the pioneering European initiative driving the development of human-centric virtual worlds, announced today the launch of the OpenVerse Ecosystem Task Force (OETF). OETF represents a collaborative platform where organisat...

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BDVA is glad that OpenVerse, the pioneering European initiative driving the development of human-centric virtual worlds, announced today the launch of the OpenVerse Ecosystem Task Force (OETF). OETF represents a collaborative platform where organisations and initiatives across the EU converge to shape open, transparent and ethical virtual realms aligned with European values.

BDVA’s Secretary General Ana García Robles is the coordinator of the OETF and she stated that “the OETF’s aim is to foster a collaborative and innovative environment where diverse and complementary initiatives can come together to shape the future of virtual worlds. Our goal is not only to synchronise OpenVerse’s efforts with related initiatives but also to create a unified, impactful movement that advances the field of virtual worlds in a holistic manner and in alignment with other relevant programmes in Europe”.

Launched on 30 April, the OETF brings together a diverse collective of European organisations and initiatives under a shared vision. The aim of the OETF is to create a dynamic and collaborative environment that enables stakeholders from various backgrounds to discuss, share and develop new ideas and solutions that address the current and future needs of the virtual worlds’ ecosystem. Each member upholds principles of human centricity, openness, transparency, inclusivity, ethical conduct and environmental stewardship, provided their operations are rooted within the European Union.

The OETF is open to any project, organisation or to industry experts in virtual and extended reality, to academic researchers and also policymakers. By collaborating with various initiatives, projects and experts, the OETF also aims to influence and contribute to the development of standards and best practices within the field of virtual worlds. This mission component ensures that the outputs of OpenVerse are interoperable and adhere to high-quality standards, facilitating their adoption and implementation across Europe and globally.

About OpenVerse

OpenVerse is a two-year Horizon Europe Coordination and Support Action. Its partners represent a blend of research institutions, technological enterprises and innovative organisations from across Europe. Each brings their distinct expertise to this collaborative venture, ensuring its success and influence in shaping the future of the Metaverse.

Big Data Value Association (Data, AI and Robotics) (Belgium) is proud to join this consortium’s partners, The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal (Belgium) – project coordinator, IDC (Italy), Martel Innovate (Switzerland), Trust-IT (Italy), COMMpla (Italy), Inspiring Futures (Switzerland), Politecnico di Milano – Department of Design (Italy), University of Galway (Ireland), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), XR4Europe (Belgium) and International Data Spaces Association (Germany).

Explore the OpenVerse press release here.