Some OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting comments

The situation and rules for the Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) are starting to become clearer. As you may know, this is a follow-up to the September 2 vote where the Microsoft/ECMA OOXML (“Open” “XML”) specification failed on both measures to become an ISO/IEC JTC1.Given the way the system works, this…

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WordPress 2.3.1

I just upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.3.1. It was a simple process, especially because I have no custom code outside the wp-content directory. I’ve also reactivated aLinks to get standard links for terms like “Bob Dylan”. Mint is still off and I’m living happily with Google Analytics. Sometime soon…

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Question: Social networks and vertical industry standards

Here’s a question that I’m posing for discussion. Given the increasing capabilities of social networks like Facebook to network both people and their information, how should this affect the future development of standards within and between vertical industries? That is, we now tend to think of vertical industry standards in…

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Standards: We need to talk

Last Friday I had the pleasure of speaking at Tsinghua University in Beijing at an IBM-sponsored conference attended by over 200 government officials, business leaders, and academicians to discuss the confluence of three important topics: open standards, innovation, and intellectual property policy. Below you’ll find the text of my address,…

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TCI Global Competitiveness Conference in Portland, Oregon

I’ll be giving the lunch keynote at the TCI Global Competitiveness Conference in Portland on Wednesday. The info about the talk is From Closed to Open—How the Technology Industry Learned to Share Wednesday, October 10, 12-1:30 pm In the IT industry, innovation is everything. For decades that meant the design,…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

It’s been a couple of months since my last “Top Ten” listing, but September was a bit hectic. According to Google Analytics, the top ten most read blog entries in the last month in decreasing order of popularity are: “OOXML, the past. ODF, the future.” “Remembering September” “In case you…

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Wednesday: OECD in Ottawa

I’ll be speaking this Wednesday at the OECD-Canada Forum on the Participative Web: Strategies and Policies for the Future. There have been a few flavors of the title of my talk floating around, the latest is “Virtual worlds, web blogs, and collaborative spaces: Why interoperability matters more than ever”. The…

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