Some favorite 2009 blog entries on open source, standards, and cloud computing

I’ve been doing some year-end maintenance on the blog and in doing so put together the following list of blog entries that are among my favorites on the topics of open source, standards, and cloud computing. I could have also done a similar list for gardening and carpentry, but I…

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Microsoft survey on “perceptions of interoperability”

Microsoft appears to be running a survey on “perceptions of interoperability.” I’ll let you decide for yourself whether this is phrased in a completely neutral and objective manner, but you might want to weigh in if you feel you want to help separate perceptions from reality. Also see from this…

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OFE objects to EIF 2.0

In a press release, OpenForum Europe (OFE) has reacted rather strongly to the latest draft, presumably leaked, of the European Interoperability Framework. From the introduction to the document: Brussels, 9th November 2009 – OFE has reacted strongly against a leaked draft of the revision to the European Interoperability Framework (EIF),…

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Upcoming OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference in Orvieto, Italy

The next incarnation of the OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference will be held in a couple of weeks in Orvieto, Italy. The exact dates are November 3, 2009 – November 6, 2009. In addition to OpenOffice.org specifically, the conference will include discussions of the Open Document Format (ODF) and other software that…

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Two new books for today

Here are a couple of books that have been released recently that you might want to look at. Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (Information Revolution and Global Politics) Laura DeNardis Protocol Politics examines what’s at stake politically, economically, and technically in the selection and adoption of a new…

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Advancing a culture of IT openness

I’m going to go out on a limb here and quote a sentence from Wikipedia’s entry (here today, changed tomorrow, changed back the next day) on aspects of culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group What might this mean for…

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Standards leader job responsibilities

Earlier today I was asked by someone outside IBM for a job description for an organization’s standards leader. You can divide this up in several different ways, including combining everything into one person’s role, but here are some of the overall things such a leader could do. I’ve divided this…

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Andy Updegrove: “IT Policy And The Road To Open Government”

Attorney Andy Updegrove has just published his latest newsletter on the topic of “IT Policy And The Road To Open Government” within his Consortiuminfo.org website. He includes discussions on With Access and Information for All Enabling Open Government How Open Must Open Government Platforms be?

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When you choose your clouds, don’t make foggy choices

Whenever there is a major evolution in IT technology trends, the industry has a choice: do we go with proprietary data formats, protocols, and programming interfaces, or do we take a more open approach, allowing the provider with the best offering and service to win without locking in customers? Some…

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ODF Alliance offers recommendations to Obama administration

Following on the heels of yesterday’s set of open standards recommendations to the Obama administration by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, the Open Document Format Alliance has offered its own recommendations in the area of open standards for document formats. In a letter sent to Peter Orszag,…

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Information Society Project at Yale Law School offers standards recommendations to Obama

Laura DeNardis, Executive Director of the Yale Law School Information Society Project, announced today that the group had sent a set of recommendations for open standards to the new Obama administration. In the announcement, Laura said The administration’s technology policy priorities create a moment of opportunity to rethink U.S. strategy…

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Some notes on cloud computing and standards

Last Tuesday I attended the pre-Cloud Connect meeting to talk about the state of standards and cloud computing. I wasn’t planning to do so, but I was tapped to give some overall remarks on standards and my past experiences. While we went around the room introducing ourselves, I furiously wrote…

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Obama memo: Transparency and Open Government

On January 21, US President Barack Obama published a memo called “Transparency and Open Government.” In it he makes many good points, but particularly note “Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.” “Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances…

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ODF Alliance 2008 annual report

In the waning days of 2008 the OpenDocument Alliance published their annual report regarding progress made on getting the standard adopted around the world. The 28 page document discusses development of the standard, worldwide adoption, positive changes toward open standards procurement policies, and application support. The main body of the…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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Everyone’s talking: standards reform

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to standards, only being involved for the last 12 or 13 years. I’ve never before seen the amount of attention that is being brought to the idea of standards reform by so many groups of people at various levels of organization. Rather than…

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Andy Updegrove’s “10 Standards Recommendations for the Obama Administration”

Andy Updegrove has published his “10 Standards Recommendations for the Obama Administration.” In my opinion, this is a timely must read for those concerned with both standards reform as well as a modern application of standards to IT policy. Comments to Andy.

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OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon 2008) in Beijing

Next week Beijing will host the OpenOffice.org Annual International Conference (OOoCon). The event runs from November 5 through 7. I will not be attending, though several of my IBM colleagues will be there. I did go to the event two years ago in Lyon, and it was excellent. Here’s how…

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Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

I’m a bit tardy in reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa. This was the first time I was ever in Africa, much less South Africa, and so I was very much looking forward to the trip. It did not…

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Remarks on the IBM Standards Principles

It’s been an interesting day as I’ve watched the various responses to the publication of the IBM Standards Principles. As I hoped, they raised some issues and started some debates. I suspect that longtime readers of this blog will find themes in the principles that I have discussed here before.…

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Open letter to ISO/IEC from 6 countries on OOXML fiasco

News came out over the weekend that representatives from six countries—Brazil, South Africa, Venezuela, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Cuba—have written an open letter to the ISO and IEC criticizing the handling of the OOXML appeals. See, for example, Groklaw: “CONSEGI 2008 Declaration — Open Letter to ISO Reveals More OOXML Issues”…

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