The XMPP Standards Foundation (also known as the XSF and formerly the Jabber Software Foundation) is an independent, nonprofit standards development organisation whose primary mission is to define open protocols for presence, instant messaging, and real-time communication and collaboration on top of the IETF’s Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP).
The XSF also provides information and infrastructure to the worldwide community of Jabber/XMPP developers, service providers, and end users. In addition, the XSF administers the Jabber Trademark Licensing Program.
At the core of the XSF is its elected Membership who, in turn, elect a Council (the technical leadership) and Board (the business leadership). The Board also appoints various work teams (such as the [Editor team](/about/xsf/editor-team, Infrastructure team, Communication team, Summits, Conferences, and Meetups team (SCAM) as well as the Executive Director, Treasurer, and Secretary.
The Board of Directors of the XMPP Standards Foundation oversees the business affairs of the organisation. As elected by the XSF membership, the Board of Directors for 2020-2021 consists of the following individuals:
- Arc Riley has been contributing to the free software community for over two decades, and maintains a large number of freely licensed XMPP packages. He lead for Python XML-SIG, mentor students working on XMPP-related projects and frequently presents on XMPP (lightning talks, poster sessions, workshops, etc).
- JC Brand is the creator of Converse.js XMPP Messenger and has worked as an XMPP consultant and developer since 2013. You can find him on the Fediverse and chat with him on XMPP.
- Matthew Wild is a founder of the Prosody XMPP server project and a number of smaller XMPP projects. Matthew has been a member of the XMPP Council since 2009, has authored and co-authored various XEPs and helps maintain the Jabber.org IM service.
- Ralph Meijer is the lead developer of several Jabber-related projects and services, including Wokkel and the XMPP support in Twisted, the Idavoll pubsub component, and Planet Jabber. Ralph has been member of the XMPP Council from 2004 to 2013 and Director since 2013. You can find him on Twitter and chat with him on XMPP
The XMPP Council is the technical steering group that approves XMPP Extension Protocols. The Council is governed by the XSF Bylaws and XEP-0001, as augmented by various policies and procedures.
The Council is elected by the members of the XMPP Standards Foundation. In the interest of transparency, chatroom logs and mailing list archives are available (anyone can subscribe to the mailing list, but only Council members can post). The Council meets once a week in a chatroom - anyone can join in, comments from the floor are welcome.
The Council (2019-2020) consists of the following individuals:
- Georg Lukas is a full-time IT security consultant, a vocal advocate of Easy XMPP, the project janitor of yaxim and the operator of the public yax.im server.
- Jonas Schäfer works on the aioxmpp client library for Python, has a FLOSS Qt based client in the making and is in the Editor Team. He also created and operates the search.jabber.network MUC search service.
- Daniel Gultsch is the maintainer of the Android client Conversations and operates an XMPP domain hosting service. He has also (co-) created several XEPs. Contact information can be found on his website.
- Marvin Wissfeld is one of the maintainers of the XMPP client Dino. He has contributed to several XEPs and various free software projects related to XMPP.
- Travis Burtrum is a programmer who works on various XMPP projects such as xmpp-proxy and sendxmpp-rs, among others. He is author of XEP-0368 and XEP-0418. Feel free to contact him via XMPP