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Xiph.Org is an open source project and non-profit corporation dedicated to providing open and free-to-implement multimedia technology as a foundation for an interoperable, level playing field on the internet and other digital distribution networks. Over the past 8 years we have developed most of the major patent-free audio and video codecs currently in use, including Vorbis, Speex, FLAC and Theora, as well as developing the Ogg streaming format, and the Icecast streaming media server.

This year we are also coordinating projects for the Annodex association under our umbrella. The Annodex project is developing a set of open specifications and open source software to allow the creation of hyperlinked Webs of audio and video integrated with the text-based view of the current Web. Toward this goal, Annodex has done a great deal of work developing tools, browser plugins and convenience libraries to facilitate adoption of Xiph.Org's lower-level technology. As such the two projects have largely aligned goals, but focus on different levels in the stack.

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