A new chapter in the history of the pioneering database technology MonetDB has begun with the establishment of the MonetDB Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to the preservation, maintenance and further development of the MonetDB project, a trailblazer in the world of database management systems. Originally developed at CWI, it has been in continuous development for several decades.
Since its transition to open source in 2004, MonetDB has demonstrated the power of collaboration and transparency in database technology. The MonetDB Foundation is committed to upholding this legacy, focusing on preserving MonetDB's heritage, advancing the project through a clear roadmap, and establishing transparent structures for donations and funding. These efforts are essential to sustaining MonetDB's development and impact into the future.
At the same time the business and project support for MonetDB will continue under MonetDB Solutions. This will ensure that the robust and innovative solutions using MonetDB technology remain accessible and continue to evolve to meet the changing demands of the industry.
The foundation’s board, established on 11 January 2024, is composed of chairman Arjen de Vries, a professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Niels Nes, Ying Zhang, Sjoerd Mullender, (respectively CEO, COO and CTO of MonetDB Solutions), and CWI’s institute manager Dick Broekhuis.