Project Higgins

This morning I participated in the Project Higgins announcement held at the Tribeca Grill in lower Manhattan. It was a freezing cold day with biting winds, but inside the screening room we had some realistic and future-looking discussions about user-centric identity. Just the topic, I know you are thinking, that…

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Three words for openness: Transparency, Community, and Certainty

I’m in the middle of my beginning-of-the year heavy travel season and in the last three weeks I’ve been to Europe twice (five countries), San Francisco, and will have meetings in New York, Connecticut, and Washington, DC, this week. That’s hectic, but there is much more to say and talk…

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ODF and web office suites

People often ask me why I think the OpenDocument Format situation is any different now compared to where we were 15 or 20 years ago when there were SGML formats and specifications for documents that could have become at least de facto standards had they been supported by the word…

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Another day in San Francisco

Stephe Walli has posted his account of the panel we did at the OSBC conference yesterday on open standards and open source. We had that coveted last slot on the last day of the conference, so thanks to everyone who stayed and participated. I’m not going to give you a…

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Regarding the “Open Standards vs. Open Source” series

I’m in San Francisco, having arrived about three hours ago for the OSBC conference. On the plane out here from New York I pretty much finished Part 2 in my series on “Open Standards vs. Open Source.” It’s been several weeks since Part 1 appeared, so I wanted to make…

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Open Standards vs. Open Source, Part 2: Software

Part 1: Standards Part 2: Software Part 3: Open Source Software Part 4: The SOA Connection In Part 1 of this discussion of open standards and open source, I focused on what a standard is and what it means for it to be open. I compared a standard to a…

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New ODF subcommittee formed

I’m told by a reliable source that there is now a new subcommittee for the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC. This new subgroup will focus on standardizing the representation of formulas such as those used in spreadsheets. This is an excellent move, and once again demonstrates…

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Dressing for breakfast

Sometimes I really wonder about myself (that’s not an excuse for you to comment). Today, Saturday, I am flying home from Oslo via London and Chicago. My flight from Norway was at 7:50 AM, and so I got up at 4 AM in order to catch the ‘FLYBUSSEN‘ (bus) to…

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A tale of two ways of handling patent infringements

First there was this: “Lawsuit forces users to update Microsoft Office”. Users of Microsoft’s Office and Access packages have been told they will have to install updates as a result of a patent infringement dispute between Microsoft and a Guatemalan inventor that has cost the software firm almost $9 million…

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OSBC in San Francisco, February 14 and 15

I’ll be participating in a panel next Wednesday, February 15, at 4:10pm in San Francisco. It’s called “Open Source Software and Standards Revisited” and is moderated by Andy Updegrove. Other participants are Tim Bray, Director of Web Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Stephen Walli, Vice President, Open Source Development Strategy, Optaros,…

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Why OpenDocument is an OPEN STANDARD

This is now complete, done: “Is ODF an Open Standard?”. It’s reasonable to ask whether this exhaustive analysis was even necessary. The answer is yes. Why? The usual: FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt). What was done in OASIS is fundamentally different from the effort in ECMA to create a “standard”…

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