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Eclipse Foundation

The Eclipse Foundation
Formation 2004-02-02[1]
Type Nonprofit organization
Headquarters Ottawa, Canada
Executive Director
Mike Milinkovich

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that acts as the steward of Eclipse, an open source community working to build a development platform consisting of the frameworks, tools and run-times needed for "building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle." The most well-known of the Eclipse projects is the Eclipse platform, a multi-language software development environment and IDE.[2]

The Eclipse Foundation's stated aim is to cultivate both the community and "an ecosystem of complementary products and services."[2] It is considered a "third generation"[3] open-source organisation.


  • History 1
  • Top Level Projects 2
  • Strategic members 3
  • Other members 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7


In 2003–2004 the Eclipse Consortium, a consortium of software industry vendors,[1] founded The Eclipse Foundation, a not-for-profit legal entity to lead and develop Eclipse.

Top Level Projects

The project structure at the Eclipse Foundation is a hierarchical structure. Each project has a parent project and may have sub projects. The upper most projects, which do not have a parent project, are called top level projects.[4]

Name Longer Name Short Description
BIRT Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools
Datatools Data Tools Platform
Eclipse Eclipse Project The project around the main Eclipse IDE
Eclipse Modeling Project
IoT Internet of Things A parent for projects targeting the Internet of Things or Machine-to-machine area.[5]
RT Runtimes
SOA SOA Platform Project
Technology Technology Project
Tools Tools Project
WTP Web Tools Platform Project

Strategic members

Each strategic member has a representative on the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors allowing them direct influence over the strategic direction of Eclipse. Strategic members also have a seat on the various Eclipse Councils providing input and influence over the themes and priorities of the Eclipse Ecosystem.[6]

Other members

There are approximately 190 members[8] of the Eclipse Foundation representing most regions of the world, and many industries and technology segments.


  1. ^ a b "Eclipse Forms Independent Organization". Press Release. Retrieved 2004-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b "About the Eclipse Foundation". The Eclipse Foundation. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ François Letellier (2008), Open Source Software: the Role of Nonprofits in Federating Business and Innovation Ecosystems, AFME 2008.
  4. ^ "Eclipse Development Process". 1 August 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "IoT". Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Strategic Members". Web Listing. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Google becomes strategic member of the Eclipse Foundation". Online Article. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  8. ^ "All Eclipse Foundation Members". Web Listing. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

Further reading

  • Kerner, Sean Michael (2006-06-26). "Eclipse's 'Callisto' Onslaught". 
  • Kerner, Sean Michael (2006-09-05). "Eclipse Adoption on The Rise". 
  • Kerner, Sean Michael (2006-11-08). "Five Years On: The Future of Eclipse". 

External links

  • Wiki Eclipse

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