ForgeFed - Federation Protocol for Forge Services

ForgeFed is a federation protocol extending the W3C's ActivityPub protocol to provide a uniform server-to-server API for interoperability across networked software project management services (aka: forges), with limited pub/sub access for messaging and notifications to and from the larger fediverse. It's domain model is maximally generic, as to allow a proliferation of heterogeneous peers to define their own use-cases, by implementing feature compatibility selectively.

In plain words, forges can communicate and share project data and metadata (code, tickets, patches, activity-streams, and so on), regardless of which forge software is running and which host it is running on. Furthermore, interoperability is not limited to forges. Dedicated services, implementing any of the project management tools, commonly offered by forges (version control, code review, issue trackers, forums, mailing lists, and so on), as well as any custom tools, can share any of the same project data, which is relevant to that tool. It allows users of any ForgeFed-compliant service to interact with other ForgeFed-compliant services, without being a registered user of any foreign service, just as if they were registered. In this way, people who choose to self-host services or use custom tools, have the additional benefit/responsibility of fully controlling of their own authentication/identity and their own data.

All of the most common user interactions are supported such as: cloning/forking, merge-requests/patches, bug-reports/code-review, subscriptions/favorites with VCS-agnostic, service-agnostic, and client-agnostic genericity.

You can find the published specification on the ForgeFed website.

Work-group Collaboration

UPDATE 2022-05: The following information is due to change soon. For example, the FeNeAs forum is no longer in service. Attend the next online conference if you are interested.

The formal work-group and associated development discussions are conducted openly on the [ForgeFed Community Forum][feneas-forum] on the FeNeAs website; with informal, real-time Collaboration often taking place on the #forgefed IRC channel on the network. Everyone is invited to participate in either venue. Before posting, please read this primer for a brief overview of the project motivation and goals. For a detailed overview of the project motivation and goals, you could read the archive of the 2018 exploratory discussions.

The artifacts produced by this work-group are still in the early stages; and there is still much work to do, and ample design-space for discussion and contributions. In order to be most widely adopted, we strive to assemble the most diverse and representative group of stake-holders including: users, implementers, and various domain experts. Anyone who is experienced with working on an existing forge or a federated "social" service, or who is planning to implement new ones, and anyone with experience in writing technical specification documents, or has UX expertise is encouraged to join the work-group and/or contribute artifacts. Please submit any tangible contributions (artwork, software, documentation) and technical critique regarding the published artifacts to the [ForgeFed issue tracker][notabug-issues] and [ForgeFed wiki][notabug-wiki] on NotABug.

The VCS is mirrored on multiple hosts:

Projects participating in the discussions have included:

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All artifacts produced by the ForgeFed work-group are freely available under the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication. All contributions to the wiki must also be offered freely as such.

The ForgeFed logo was contributed by Libera IRC user: 'iko'.