[The Commons Conservancy] is happy to work with several outstanding partners, that complement its activities and liaise with different communities.

(in alphabetical order)

Stichting Art & Technology

Stichting Art & Technology is a public benefit organisation (ANBI) that is interested in the synergy between (as the name hints at) art and technology. The foundation is responsible for TechforGood projects in the area of art and technology, with as goal a healthy development of technology, focussing on protecting the weak, and reaching visitors from outside the art-bubble. The foundation organises the yearly festival "Manifestations - Will the Future Design Us?" which is one of the largest exhibitions during the Dutch Design Event, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands - an event with hundreds of thousands of visitors. The foundation supports various programmes within The Commons Conservancy, and funds development through grants.

Commons Caretakers

Commons Caretakers is a not-for-profit company that makes targeted payments to open efforts possible - whether it concerns the development of open source software, open hardware, open education materials and more. Commons Caretakers helps organisations that want to make a financial contribution to create future technological building blocks for the benefit of mankind or just express their appreciation for the awesome work being done by others. Commons Caretakers facilitates bringing together contributions from many different organisation to fund professional paid contributions to the not-for-profit programmes of The Commons Conservancy. Commons Caretakers was established in 2017 in Amsterdam, and is a "Besloten Vennootschap" under the Netherlands law. The company maintains separate budgets for each programme within The Commons Conservancy, and funds development based on the best proposals from the community. Commons Caretakers works with volunteers. 100% of the remaining profit of the company is donated to a public benefit organisation (NLnet Foundation), which is also a partner of The Commons Conservancy. Funds donated this way are allocated to the matching theme funds within NLnet foundation, which are spent in collaboration with The Commons Conservancy.


GÉANT is a membership organisation acting with and for its members to further research and education networking in Europe and globally. GÉANT serves the research and education networking community in Europe, helping them to deliver innovative networks, technologies and services for research and education. Together with a range of community collaboration activities GÉANT manages the GÉANT project which operates the pan-European data network for the research and education community. It interconnects national research and education networks (NRENs) across Europe, enabling collaboration on projects ranging from biological science to earth observation and arts & culture. The GÉANT project combines a high-bandwidth, high-capacity 50,000 km network with a growing range of services. These allow researchers to collaborate, working together wherever they are located. Services include identity and trust, multi-domain monitoring perfSONAR MDM, dynamic circuits and roaming via the eduroam service.

Through interconnections with its 38 National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners, the GÉANT network is the largest and most advanced R&E network in the world, connecting over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe and supporting all scientific disciplines. The backbone network operates at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaches over 100 national networks worldwide.

NLnet Foundation

The history of NLnet goes back to 1982 when a group of Europeans led by former NLnet director and member of the Internet Hall of Fame Teus Hagen announced the European Unix Network (EUnet) which became the first public wide area network in Europe and the place where internet was introduced to Europe. NLnet also pioneered the worlds first dial-in and ISDN infrastructure with full country coverage. In 1997 all commercial activities were sold to UUnet (now Verizon) and since that time NLnet has focussed on supporting the open internet, and the privacy and security of internet users. NLnet's core business is to support independent organizations and people that contribute to an open information society.

Stichting NLnet is a recognised philantropic non-profit foundation according to the Netherlands Tax Authority (Belastingdienst).

[The Commons Conservancy] is open to new collaborations. Please contact us if you think your organisation has something to offer to our Programmes.