Well, it has been a busy summer for OMA3. Who knew August in particular would be this busy? Aren’t people supposed to be on holiday? Well, we have lots of good stuff to cover in this issue, so shake off that vacation brain and let’s get down to it.
In Today’s Email
- Working those Working Groups: progress on standards
- We have a new friend in MSF: what this means for everyone involved
- What are our members up to? A lot apparently
- A growing family: announcing new members to OMA3
- Heading to Singapore: see you at Token2049!
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Working those Working Groups
Last month, we released a position paper on the InterWorld Portaling System, or IWPS in short, as a first stake in the ground for building a true cross-world, cross-platform metaverse. Since then, several companies have expressed interest in joining OMA3. The Portaling and Mapping Working Group even held a members-only hack-a-thon to bridge the gap between spec writing and implementation. We created a cross world portal including cross world messaging, with existing code!
In addition, we just kicked off the Asset Transfer Working Group to support the needs of IWPS and other metaverse use cases. This includes:
- Building use cases for asset transfer in the metaverse;
- Reviewing asset transfer security threats;
- Specifying requirements for (and possibly lead implementation of) infrastructure for transferring digital assets between virtual worlds;
- Specifying metadata for describing assets;
- Developing general guidance, and suggested best practices, and certification programs
If you're enthusiastic about a user-owned metaverse where individuals can seamlessly transfer their unique digital identities between worlds, you're in the right place. Reach out to us at email@example.com if you’d like to participate in either or both efforts. If you are not a member and would like to become one, sign up here.
We have a new friend in MSF
As you may have heard, we’ve struck a liaison agreement with MSF, the largest metaverse standards forum in the industry. This means MSF members can participate in our working group discussions by executing a Participation Agreement. Why is this significant? This allows a wider ecosystem of companies, including web2 companies, to contribute to our standards. It also allows MSF members to see what OMA3 is all about before joining us as a member (note: OMA3 membership is still needed if you want the ability to vote on the specification).
Our first stop? A joint panel discussion at SIGGRAPH where OMA3 Executive Director Alfred Tom discussed OMA3’s collaboration with Metaverse Standards Forum (MSF), Khronos Group, and the newly created Alliance for Open USD (AOUSD). The line to get into the ballroom was pretty darn long but well worth the wait. Other panelists included Neil Trevette of MSF, Marc Petit of Epic Games, Yu Yuan of IEEE, Guy Martin of AOUSD, and Matt White of Open Metaverse Foundation. The discussion covered asset interoperability, standards collaboration, and the role of regulation in the metaverse. OMA3 was very much recognized as the leader for Web3 standards. 💪🏼
What are our members up to?
In the spirit of community-building (after all, the more the merrier), we are including news from our member community. This gives members an opportunity to make announcements to a new audience and to hear about what other members are doing. So here is our inaugural “members news” section. If you are a member of OMA3 and have news you’d like to share for the next newsletter, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saro McKenna from Dacoco and Alien Worlds penned a Forbes article discussing the pivotal role DAOs could have in bringing Web3 to the mainstream.
- DecentraLand has made it possible to export their avatars to other worlds via VRM. A great milestone for interoperability! 🎉
- LAMINA1 unveiled its Betanet that went to over 47,000 open metaverse creators. Featured in the launch is a new 'gateway' dubbed the LAMINA1 Hub, which aims to radically simplify the Web3 onboarding process.
- MultiversalMe started the private beta of its Space Battle Royale game and is doing weekly playtests with FPS gamers.
- SourceNetwork has released v0.6 of their decentralized peer-to-peer user-centric privacy-preserving NoSQL database, DefraDB.
- Sandy Carter of Unstoppable Domains wrote The Tiger and the Rabbit as a roadmap to thrive in the metaverse! OMA3 is mentioned in the book as examples of driving various initiatives to achieve interoperability.
A growing family
A most hearty welcome to our new members Freename AG, Over the Reality, Identity.org, XRDNA, and last but not least, SphereOne! We are all excited to have you as part of our growing community and very much look forward to all the great contributions you will make to our mission.
Heading to Singapore
Stop by and say hi at the largest crypto event of the year, TOKEN2049. Several board member companies will be there. OMA3 is partnering with My Neighbor Alice to host a fun get-together at the Lemon Stand Comedy Club, Sept 12. Doors open at 6pm.
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