Sebastian Hellman recently announced the formation of The DBpedia Association. According to the group's charter, the Association was founded "with the goal to support DBpedia and the DBpedia Contributors Community." The DBpedia Association is located in Leipzig, Germany, and the group's full charter can be read here.
The goals of the new Association are outlined as follows: "Coordinate the development efforts in the DBpedia community and language chapters. Support the maintenance of DBpedia resources with own staff and resources. Serve as a contact point and establish co-operations with other like-minded projects and organizations. Acquire and manage funds for the DBpedia Community. Support and manage the organisation of DBpedia Community meetings. Provide education and training on DBpedia. Uphold a free, public data infrastructure to exploit this wealth of data for the general public. Mediate commercial services of associated partners."
The Association hopes to achieve many of these goals through a wide variety of programs: "DBpedia Programs are additional services offered by associated partners of DBpedia. The DBpedia Association network comprises renowned research institutes, non-profit Linked Data organizations and companies. The programs will be coordinated and supervised by the executive team firstname.lastname@example.org will help you to get into contact with one of the associated partners of DBpedia."