The Academy Software Foundation ASWF a project hosted by The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on image creation visual effects animation and sound technologies.

It was created in 2018 after the conclusion of an investigation by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences AMPAS Science and Technology Council holding an 18-month investigation on the state of open source in the industry. This aligned with the need for a vendor-neutral foundation to provide a sustainable home for open source projects that are key to the growth of the industry.

As of August 2021 The Academy Software Foundation provides a home for Open Shading Language OpenColorIO OpenCue OpenEXR OpenTimelineIO OpenVDB and MaterialX.

As these projects have progressed in development there was a need identified to have production-grade digital assets e.g.3D scene data images image sequences volumetric data animation rigs edit decision lists available for use in development and testing environments to ensure these projects can scale to the demands of the movie and content creation processes.

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