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First Ever JavaScriptLandia Awards Celebrate Community Leaders

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From OpenJS World, Austin, TX – The OpenJS Foundation is celebrating 6 key community leaders, honoring them with the first ever JavaScriptLandia Awards for contributions to education, standards, security and more. Award Winners were recognized onstage at OpenJS World on Tues, June 7, and received a plaque and digital badge.

JavaScriptLandia is the home of the OpenJS Foundation’s individual supporter program, where community members can pledge support for OpenJS projects, maintainers, and get more involved in the community while earning badges and other perks.

The nominations for the awards opened in March and were sourced from the broader JavaScript community. Nominations were reviewed by OpenJS Foundation CPC members, board members, and staff and were chosen by consensus.

There were 6 awards available: Unsung Hero, Leading By Example, Outstanding Contribution from a New Arrival, and the Pathfinder Awards, one for Standards, one for Education, and one for Security. 

Unsung Hero nominees are recognized for their willingness to do things that aren’t high profile, glamorous, or even fun, but are important for a well-functioning project and community. Unsung Heroes often do this work with a smile, even if they aren’t being recognized regularly for their contributions. 

Leading by Example nominees are known for demonstrating leadership qualities in their communities that reflect OpenJS Foundation values, like being humble, helpful and hopeful. Exemplary leaders embody open source in spirit and in practice, and inspire others to do the same.

Outstanding Contribution from a New Arrival nominees are new participants in our project spaces who are making a big difference – from contributing new ideas, new leadership on a project workstream, helping with project operations, to community building and more. These individuals are rising stars who help bring fresh energy to our projects.

Pathfinder Awards nominees are people from across the JavaScript ecosystem who have made significant contributions in key areas for OpenJS, including Education, Standards, and Security. These individuals not only move things forward, they bring people along with them as they go, helping to light the way for all. 

The JavaScript Awards recipients were: 

Bethany Griggs – Unsung Hero – “Beth has always been a mighty force for node.js behind the scenes. She puts in tremendous work for the project on the release team, but that work often goes unrecognized. In addition to her service to the project, Beth volunteers on other openjs committees and makes herself available to help the foundation in a variety of ways, from the marketing committee, to the programming committee, to supporting people in the foundation slack and more. Beth is truly a hero, and it’s time to sing her praises!

Matteo Collina – Leading By Example – “Matteo is a steady leader in both the Node and the Fastify communities. He’s a strong technical leader but he also helps people grow, mentoring them and supporting new contributors. Matteo always tackles problems head on and in a collaborative way. He’s passionate about his work, and it’s absolutely inspiring and infectious!”

Darshan Sen – Outstanding Contribution from a New Arrival – I’ve seen Darshan contribute across a number areas within the Node.js project. With his first commit having landed in the Node.js repo just over a year ago, he is now a significant contributor and a member of the Technical Steering Committee. He interacts in a respectful and impactful way and jumps into discussions to express his opinions and help move them forward.  As a relatively new arrival he’s ramped up quickly and contributes across a broad range of topics. I think he’s a great example of coming to the project, talking with people, asking for help/info when needed and then making significant contributions.”

Tzviya Siegman – Pathfinder Award for Standards – “Tzviya edits and works on epub specifications, as well as ARIA specifications, at the W3C. She has served on the W3C’s advisory board for some time, and she works hard to improve the experience of new standards community participants through the Positive Work Environment WG. She was instrumental in getting the W3C to update their code of conduct in 2019.”

Liran Tal – Pathfinder Award for Security – “Liran is a tireless advocate for security in the JS ecosystem. He works hard to build bridges, educate developers about security issues, and support Open Source projects working to improve their security posture. Liran has served on the Node security team and is always available to support developers!”

Wes Bos – Pathfinder Award for Education – “Wes is responsible for teaching hundreds of developers how to write React, Node, CSS, tweak their VSCode setups, upgrade their dev environment and so much more. He’s also one of the nicest people in the broader js community, which makes learning from him feel that much better.

To find out more about JavaScriptLandia and how to join, see: 

OpenJS World 2022: OpenJS Foundation Welcomes Urban Computing Foundation, and

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Testing, Security and Visualization are major themes of OpenJS World, currently being held in Austin, TX, June 6-10

The OpenJS Foundation is announcing that the Urban Computing Foundation (UCF) has partnered with OpenJS to form the Open Visualization Collaboration Space. The Open Visualization Collaboration Space provides  a place to openly govern the most comprehensive and widely adopted visualization libraries based on WebGL. UCF is also merging its day-to-day operations and budgets into OpenJS where it will govern these projects and more under the new OpenJS Open Visualization Collaboration Space. Two of its most popular visualization projects – and – are moving under the umbrella of the OpenJS Foundation. is a suite of frameworks for GPU powered data visualization and analysis of large datasets on the web. It is one of the most widely adopted WebGL visualization libraries, with close to 100K daily downloads from npm. is a data-agnostic, high-performance web-based application for visual exploration of large-scale geolocation data sets. The demo app has 30k weekly users.

“The Urban Computing Foundation has nurtured multiple great data visualization projects that have become widely used, adding important pieces to the JavaScript ecosystem. There is immense potential for big data to be better visualized and better utilized through the web. Improved visualization tools are key to improving JavaScript in fields like geospatial analysis, data-driven mapping, self-driving cars, and more,” said Robin Ginn, OpenJS Foundation executive director. “We’re very excited to have UCF merge with OpenJS to broaden its developer engagement for the exciting area of data visualization.”

Historically UCF was a home for Mapzen and related projects. In recent years it became a host for the WebGL geospatial visualization projects and, including multiple sub-projects. 

OpenJS also welcomes four UCF members who are now members of the OpenJS Foundation: Foursquare, HERE Technologies, Joby Aviation, and Uber. Open visualization technologies are core to each of these companies’ leadership positions in the market, and by supporting the foundation, they are supporting the infrastructure and long-term growth of key open source projects that they rely on.​

The offerings of are packaged and best represented by its flagship framework, It has been integrated with most popular base map providers such as Mapbox, Google Maps and ArcGIS; bindings to use with React, Python/Jupyter, R, Vega and CUDA; libraries that tackle 3D geometry editing (, animation (, autonomous vehicles (AVS), multiplexed bioimaging (Viv), etc. Companies including Google, ESRI, CARTO, Foursquare and Cesium have contributed for the project to work with their libraries or data formats. 

“The projects are under active development and use, and have great potential for being used widely. We wanted to be connected to an organization like the OpenJS Foundation to support activities that help build growth and popularity. We were already well aligned with the OpenJS Foundation goals, and I believe this is an excellent path forward for both the developers and users of and,” said Chris Gervang, Joby Aviation senior visualization engineer. “We look forward to these next steps.” is one of the most powerful open source browser-based geospatial analysis visualization tools. The demo app is open to all and has 30k weekly users. It is especially well known in geospatial analytics and visualization fields. It has been integrated with Jupyter Notebooks, Jupyter Labs, VSCode, Tableau, and Apache Superset. Users include Unfolded (acquired by Foursquare), Uber, and Carto. And there are many more companies in the mobility space that are using internally for geospatial analysis.

More from OpenJS World 2022 and the OpenJS Foundation: Testing and Security

The OpenJS Foundation recently announced that popular JavaScript testing framework Jest is joining as an Impact Project. Jest and its assets are being donated proudly by Meta Open Source. Jest is a JavaScript testing framework. It allows you to write tests with an API with little configuration. Jest currently has over 17 million weekly downloads and 38,000+ GitHub stars, making it the most used testing framework in the JavaScript ecosystem. It consistently ranks as one of the JavaScript libraries with the highest satisfaction, and is used by companies of all sizes including Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, and Stripe. Jest 28 was just released.

Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) selected Node.js as its initial project to improve supply chain security. Node.js is the first open source community to be supported by OpenSSF’s Alpha-Omega Project. Alpha-Omega committed $300k to bolster the Node.js security team and vulnerability remediation efforts through the rest of 2022, with a focus on supporting better open source security standards and practices.

Maintainers across the OpenJS Foundation-hosted projects through their Cross Project Council are also seeking to leverage its better together approach by sharing best practices, guidance, and support among OpenJS and other JavaScript projects in the ecosystem. Today they announced the new OpenJS Security Working Group comprised of members from across the CPC and OpenJS leadership.

Together, they hope to reduce the risk and set ambitious security goals for all OpenJS projects. They intend to further define, document, communicate, and measure in an open and transparent way.

More specifically, the CPC security goals include:

  • Strengthening the security and sustainability of the OpenJS projects to improve the software supply chain.
  • Increasing security contributions (time, people and resources) from public and private organizations, and security communities.
  • Increasing collaboration among security communities and JavaScript project maintainers.

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