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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:39

Internet standards bodies unite to push 'new paradigm' for global standards development


Five Internet standards bodies - the IEEE, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - have joined force to push other standardisations bodies to adopt a new paradigm for global, open standards based on "the effective and efficient standardization processes that have made the Internet and Web the premiere platforms for innovation and borderless commerce."

The have released a jointly developed set of principles for standards development - The OpenStand Principles (open-stand.org) - that encapsulate the standardisation principles that have government Internet standards development with the aim of making these "extendable across the contemporary, global economy's gamut of technology spaces and markets."

They claim that the standards that underpin the Internet "have been a key facilitator for the growth of a global economic and social model that has touched billions of lives," and point out that "They were not deployed via the traditional, national-representation model of standards adoption...[but] instead were and are driven by the momentum of the market to innovate and provide products for global consumers."

According to Steve Mills, president of the IEEE Standards Association, "New dynamics and pressures on global industry have driven changes in the ways that standards are developed and adopted around the world. Increasing globalisation of markets, the rapid advancement of technology and intensifying time-to-market demands have forced industry to seek more efficient ways to define the global standards that help expand global markets. The OpenStand principles foster the more efficient international standardisation paradigm that the world needs."
The OpenStand principles call for
- cooperation among standards organisations;
- adherence to due process, broad consensus, transparency;
- balance and openness in standards development;
- commitment to technical merit, interoperability, competition, innovation and benefit to humanity;
- availability of standards to all;
- voluntary adoption.


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The backers of OpenStand have set up a web site to promote the initiative, It states: "We were motivated to document, share and garner support for these proven OpenStand principles in order to address the fact that products are being developed before the standards are actually finished.

"These principles are in line with each organization's individual processes that have been operating for a number of years. By coming together, we can capture what we've been doing so effectively for decades and share these principles with the world for real uptake and use...

"The modern paradigm defined by the OpenStand principles is proven in its ability to efficiently yield the kind of globally scoped standards that have the most significant impact in terms of creating global markets, fostering job creation and economic opportunity and yielding better products at more competitive prices.

They add that, in the world envisaged if the principles are adopted "The voice of the international marketplace is louder than that of bureaucracy...When the market itself is empowered to choose the appropriate solutions and decide which standards are relevant, those markets become self-sustaining and drive innovation in technology, products and services.

"Consumers benefit from better products, improved interoperability, greater simplicity and more competitive prices. Industry realises a globally scaled marketplace for its products and services. Humanity benefits."

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