ObjectWeb Consortium has signed an agreement with a Chinese software group, Orientware, to build a common open-source middleware platform.
According to the terms of a memorandum of understanding announced Friday, Orientware will also release several of its middleware components as open-source code.
The agreement was signed in Shanghai by France's National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), an ObjectWeb cofounder that represented the group's legal interests, and officials from China's High-Tech Research and Development Program (HTRDP), a government-led technology development program supervised by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
ObjectWeb was established in 2002 by INRIA, Groupe Bull and France Telecom. With more than 50 members, the group is involved with several dozen open-source middleware development projects. Its new Chinese partner, Orientware, is a software group created to commercialize middleware components based on technology developed by HTRDP.
ObjectWeb and Orientware hailed the agreement as an advance in Sino-European technology ties. For ObjectWeb, the agreement builds on a May agreement with the Guangzhou Middleware Research Center (GMRC) to promote the adoption and use of open-source middleware in China. Under that agreement, GMRC represents ObjectWeb in China.