OpenAL was originally developed in 2000 by Loki Software.
JOAL was originally created by SUN micro-systems part of their Java gaming group in 2003. JogAmp took over maintance of JOAL and is the only maintainer since 2011.
Starting in 2013 JogAmp builds of JOAL now include the OpenAL-soft OpenAL libraries. By including OpenAL-soft allow JOAL to function on platforms where no system OpenAL libraries is found.