Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The BIRT Company™ – delivering more insights to more people than all BI companies combined – today announced it has lent its considerable expertise in developing viable, highly adopted open source technology to the Eclipse LocationTech Industry Working Group. Actuate, which founded the popular BIRT project within Eclipse in 2004, recognizes the intersection between the exponential growth in data volumes and the requirement to harness and distill that data for consumption via touch devices. The next step in the progression is certainly location-based technology. LocationTech will be the leading community for individuals and organizations to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software that is location aware. “Being part of LocationTech is a natural fit for Actuate and for BIRT,” said Jason Weathersby, Director of Evangelism and Community Development at Actuate. “We've seen the BIRT community grow to over 2 million developers globally and raised the standard of open source technology for data visualization. We believe that LocationTech will change the game for location aware software development in a similar way, by delivering value to developers and corporations who are increasingly turning to open source software as the indicator of future standards.” About LocationTech LocationTech is hosted by the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse is a vendor neutral community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software. The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts technology projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services. Eclipse hosts over 225 active open source projects and is supported by over 185 members. Eclipse employs 18 staff members to provide services to support the ecosystem. These include: information technology, intellectual property management, development process, ecosystem development, and event planning. LocationTech is the Eclipse Foundation's industry working group focusing on location aware technologies. Members of LocationTech are also full fledged members of the Eclipse Foundation.