Over the next couple of weeks I plan to publish several entries on “challenges and priorities in 2008” on a range of topics, some related to work areas of interest, some related to personal ones. I’m kicking this off today with standards.
In 2008, I think that we collectively should …
- Educate more people about what open standards really are and how to distinguish them from standards that are “open” in name and marketing alone.
- Have more patent holders issue non-assertion pledges for open standards similar to what IBM did last July.
- Consolidate intellectual property and standards organization membership rules into a handful of models, and then have some easy process like that employed by the Creative Commons to help choose one.
- Evolve open standards intellectual property licenses and development processes to be more friendly to free and open source. In the same way, increase the involvement of free and open source developers in open standards development.
- Drive further international government adoption of “global standards” such as those produced by the W3C and OASIS. Help governments large and small to understand the importance of global standards in relationship to current policies around formal “international standards.”
- Help more governments adopt open standards policies that emphasize high quality technical work developed by a broad community of stakeholders in a democratic and transparent way, and deprecate de facto standards that reflect single vendor product use.
- Globalize use of common industry-specific open standards. If the world is indeed flat, then we need all players in particular industries using the same standards as much as possible.
- Increase the use of SOA, web services, data format, and business process standards as part of a common framework that should be used by all industries. If we can eliminate redundant or unnecessarily unique low level standards across different industries, we can decrease development costs and delays, and increase information fidelity and innovation opportunities.
- Complete the rejection of Microsoft’s OOXML as a JTC1 (ISO/IEC) proposed standard as a huge, flawed, unneeded, and redundant document format specification that seeks to use the international standards process to perpetuate a single company’s product marketshare.
- Learn important lessons from the OOXML experience, and improve national standards body and international standards organization processes. Here the motto could be the title of the song by The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”