OGC’s Sensor Web Enablement Standards Put Geo-Locational Data Within Reach

Posted on December 11th, 2014

Today billions of sensors are enabled by location-specific sensors that transmit geo-tagged information to transmit data. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a non-profit standards organization dedicated to building a Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards framework.

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Today there are billions of sensors collecting and transmitting data in the consumer and industrial world, enabled by location-specific sensors that transmit geo-tagged information. These sensors and sensor networks have been created by a variety of factors and are used in a variety of ways, from enabling GPS functionality to tracking location of specific items like packages, to enabling surveillance and defense.

There are an unlimited number of use cases where location-based data plays a critical role in the lives of individuals, industries and governments. Looking to the future, geo-locational data will prove to be critical to the performance of many smart technologies, from smart homes that adjust temperature based on the location and preferences of a user, and adjust security preferences accordingly, to smart devices that sense our location and that “adapt” to adjust settings and deliver more contextually relevant information to us based on our personal preferences.

Up until the recent past, most sensor networks were built using proprietary code that restricted and limited the sharing of collected information. This restricted the capture and use of geo-locational information. To share data with others, the sensor resources and applications had to be adapted manually, and the associated APIs that were developed had to be constantly managed and updated to ensure ongoing functionality.

To pave the way for the future use of this data, an open infrastructure was required: one that would will open up data sharing, enable proper controls, accommodate different models of data use and help manage the increased volume of data that will be transmitted as a result.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a non-profit standards organization dedicated to building a Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards framework. A Sensor Web is a complex network of web-enabled sensors that collect data that can be discovered and accessed using standardized protocols and service interfaces. Through its efforts, the OGC hopes to standardize sensor communication in a manner that fuels the open communication and interoperability of data –  and it’s already on its way.

According to the OGC, they “took on the task of standardizing sensor communication because every sensor, whether in situ (such as a rain gauge) or remote (such as an Earth imaging device), has a location, and the location of a sensor is highly significant for many applications. The resulting suite of SWE standards – now being widely implemented around the world – enable developers to make all types of networked sensors, transducers and sensor data repositories discoverable, accessible and useable via the Web or other networks.”

Denise McKenzie, Executive Director, Communications and Outreach for OGC wrote, “SWE is the only open, international standards suite that provides a comprehensive platform for publishing, discovering, assessing, accessing and using sensors and sensor systems of all kinds. The SWE standards are open, with the standards documents freely available on the OGC website. Also, the consensus process in which SWE standards are created and maintained is open to all who want to participate, and the process guards against future intellectual property claims that would compromise the standards’ openness.”

SWE standards are important because they enable broad access to sensor-driven data for use by anyone. According to McKenzie, “SWE provides a coherent standards infrastructure to treat sensors in an interoperable, platform-independent and uniform way.”  OGC standards are downloadable at no charge, for anyone.

SWE has been received with great enthusiasm by a broad array of organizations and are in use in hundreds of applications, from mobile to enterprise. Some of the notable organizations which have already adopted and implemented SWE include:

  • Unites States Government Department of Defense/Intelligence Community
  • NASA SensorWeb
  • US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Integrated Oceans Observing System (IOOSIOOS)
  • European Space Agency (ESA) SPS satellite tasking
  • European Sensor Web Infrastructure Management (SWIMA) – monitoring water quality in river catchments

By enabling the open sharing of sensor data, SWE standards reduce development overhead, speed innovation, fuel communication and interoperability. These standards not only model the values that OpenStand represents, they help put the promise of the Internet of Things within reach.

What do you think about SWE? What standards would you like to see the SWE community develop, if they haven’t been created already?   Share your thoughts as a comment.

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Eclipsing the IoT with Open Source and Open Internet Standards

Posted on December 3rd, 2014

With the Internet of Things (IoT) causing so many devices to sync together across various technologies and platforms, there is now a greater need than ever for open source technology and open standard to speed innovation, fuel interoperability, drive global development and fuel market adoption of new technology.

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From cars that provide Wi-Fi and read text messages aloud to smart thermometers and sensor-driven devices that help individuals better implement a healthy lifestyle, the world ablaze and singing the promises of the Internet of Things (IoT).  With so many devices syncing together across various technologies and platforms, there is now a greater need than ever for standards and frameworks that help the world manage the rivers of data flowing from individual people and objects.  Never before has open source technology and open standards been more necessary to speed innovation, fuel interoperability, drive global development and fuel market adoption of new technology.

According to Ian Skerret, VP of Marketing for the Eclipse Foundation, “If you look at the Internet today, it’s run on open source. Linux, Apache and open standards like HTTP are the building blocks. If we’re really going to get an Internet of Things, we need a set of core building blocks that anyone can use to develop commercial or internal solutions.”

Eclipse IoT, a community founded by the Eclipse Foundation, is dedicated to developing establish and open source IoT/M2M development platform that can be used by anyone. Developing solutions and labels related to IoT is challenging because the of the pervasive and ever changing nature of IoT.  Eclipse IoT often uses the “IoT/M2M” nomenclature because machine-to-machine communication represents an origination point for the concept of IoT.

“To put together an IoT solution today, you need people who understand gateways and networks, but also enterprise systems, data analytics, integration with ERP or CRM systems,” Skerret told John K. Waters of the WatersWorks blog,  “There’s some daunting complexity here, but we know that when you create frameworks and abstraction levels in software, it becomes much easier to put together these types of solutions.”

Currently, Eclipse IoT is working on 15 projects dedicated to making the IoT simpler. One project is the Paho Project, which provides scalable, open-source client implementations of open and standard messaging protocols aimed at new, existing, and emerging applications for M2m and IoT. Another project is their community-driven SmartHome project, which provides a flexible framework for the Smart Home. Eclipse SCADA is already being used 24/7 in several installations around the world as a set of tools that can be combined in many different ways. It provides development libraries, interface applications, mass configuration tools, front-end and back-end applications.

The Eclipse IoT leadership have not yet formally endorsed the OpenStand Principles. However, it’s clear these principles are at work in fueling a spirit of open innovation, as Eclipse IoT’s helps create open and accessible building blocks for the future.

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Standards for an Open Internet of Things

Posted on November 25th, 2014

For the Internet of Things to continue, Open Standards are needed. The two main pillars of research that are addressing these challenges of connectivity which plague the Internet of Things (IoT) are proximal connectivity and wireless wide area connectivity. Image: Shutterstock, Scott Bedford

The frenetic activity, speculation, discussion and development that surrounds the Internet of Things (IoT) makes it difficult to comprehend the future vision, players, market and realities of this unfolding space. The engagement and business models will only become actionable and attainable when a consensus is developed around best practices and frameworks that will support IoT.

Pravin Kulange, Co-Founder at Adeptus Technology Consulting, proposes that the real value for end users of the IoT is developing a unifying standard to connect the many silos that currently exist for handling information. According to Kulange, the appropriate solution will require “a specification, a middleware product or some OS features, but it has to be open for everybody.” Kulange lists other key factors that are necessary for driving mass adoption of the standard, including low cost and energy efficient hardware, infrastructure in the form of cloud and big data technologies, pervasive wireless networks, and mobile devices.

In part because of the ongoing progress in infrastructure, Kulange points out that “this challenge also offers a big opportunity for those who are willing to bridge the gap.” In his recent article, Need of Standards in the Internet of Things, Kulange highlights the two main pillars of research that are addressing these challenges of connectivity:

  1. Proximal Connectivity, related to geographic localities and short range protocols, is an area of focus by Google’s Thread protocol, Qualcomm and The Linux Foundation’s AllSeen Alliance, Intel’s Open Interconnect Consortium, as well as 6LoWPAN, IEEE IoT, and IIC.
  1. Wireless Wide Area Connectivity is concerned with longer-range and mobile technologies, and is a primary focus of telecommunications players like the ITUETSI, and China Mobile, which is launching many M2M projects in anticipation of IoT. Kulange also indicates some emerging technology in this field around energy development cost and quality.

While Kulange asserts that we’ll just have to wait until the development of these standards start to reveal clear winners, the challenge of creating the most valuable standard represents a significant, global participation opportunity.

As the standards world seeks to build the frameworks and standards that will best support IoT, adherence to the OpenStand Principles will be critical. The five fundamental principles of standards development, including due process, broad consensus, transparency, balance and accessibility, will help ensure standards supporting the IoT benefit humanity. Join us in supporting these principles by adding your name to a global list of OpenStand supporters. Thank you for your support!

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OpenStand, the IoT and Connected Life: Kantara Initiative

Posted on November 19th, 2014

As the Internet of Things (IoT) bridges the gap between our virtual and digital worlds, personal data and security becomes a challenge. By leveraging the OpenStand Principles, Kantara members seek to leverage open standards to develop verifiable trusted solutions that respect users, serve society, and grow markets.

The Intersection of Things and Identity

As modern ICT infrastructure, networked devices and sensors combine to form the framework for the Internet of Things (IoT), the vital lifeblood that flows through IoT is personal and object-related data. The secure, precise and reliable management of the data shared between connected machines, objects and humans is critical to the future.  It is only when the proper data, identity, security and privacy frameworks are established that the true and positive potential of a technology-enabled, connected life for global citizens can be realized.

The IoT promises to bridge the gap between our virtual and digital worlds, creating a seamless connected experience for people. However, the quality of this future, “connected life” depends on our ability to develop new and improved, innovative and trust-based personal identity management solutions.  The complexities of Identity Management practices and solution limitations make it challenging for global inter-disciplinary communities to harmonize their identity and security practices and policies, online and offline.

The technology services and frameworks that connect businesses, consumers, governments and people are rapidly evolving.  Early Identity Management (IdM) technology services focused on security and access management – typically within organizational or national perimeters. However, the scope of these solutions is limited when taken into consideration against the increasingly complex and borderless nature of modern data sharing practices.

Personal Data and Security

As technology enables and expands our reach, we find ourselves challenged to comprehend the security and privacy implications of our modern human interactions.  The amount of personal data being generated has exponentially increased, fueled by the proliferation, adoption, and use of mobile, wearable, and sensor-enabled devices.  These technologies gather sensitive personal data that can be highly useful and beneficial to individuals and enterprises alike.  However, when put into the wrong hands, the same data may also be used for harm.

For example, today, many wearable devices are equipped with sensors that can record an individual’s physical activity, from the number of steps taken to sleep quality, diet patterns, heart rate, blood sugar levels and more. When combined with other recorded data (E.g. time/date, geo-locational information) and transmitted, via networked connections that employ different levels of security, our personal data can power apps, drive social media updates and be readily shared with other people or entities for a variety of purposes.

From a positive perspective, this data can help individuals manage and improve their physical health, be readily shared with partners and caregivers, be utilized in aggregate to support medical research and leveraged in other beneficial ways.  Unfortunately, our personal data may also be used in ways that are less obvious and/or desirable. On the down side, personal data can be intercepted by others, leveraged or sold to advertisers or used algorithmically to identify behavioral patterns that may impact an individual in an unforeseen manner, such as being leveraged by an insurance company to justify a policy rate increase.

Without question, the global need for comprehensive systems that enable the management and governance of personal data and identity systems presents a new frontier for ideation and innovation.  Varying national and industry practices exist today with regard to data management, privacy and security.  However, as our devices, apps and connections proliferate; as our data is shared in unforeseen ways; and as we attempt to realize the promises of IoT and new technology, a harmonized, proactive approach for the comprehensive management of our personal data, identity and privacy is a critical necessity.

Developing Trust-Based Services

To help improve and accelerate adoption of relationship-based digital identity solutions that support and simplify our connected lives, Kantara Initiative is running two parallel activities:

The Identities of Things Discussion Group (IDoT) is working to map and more fully understand the landscape (players, activities, solutions, trends, etc.) that stand at the intersection of Identity management and IoT.  The group’s goal is to deliver recommendations for the development and adoption of best practices, and to conduct a gap analysis that will help inform communities about collaboration opportunities that support interoperability within specific areas of interest.

The Identity Relationship Management (IRM) Working Group is researching, analyzing and developing best practices (and may potentially recommend future standards development activities) related to the varying global technical and policy frameworks that currently govern the connections between humans, entities, and devices. In the near term, this group will deliver a report that explores the “Laws of Relationships – A Work in Progress.”

Participation in both groups is open to anyone. Additional information can be found here.

When Kantara members have secured a more complete picture of the identity and IoT landscape, along with the associated implications related to security, privacy and technology interoperability, collective focus will shift.  In the next phase, members will focus on working collaboratively, openly and transparently developing programs and solutions to drive innovation in the global Identity Management space. Ultimately, Kantara Initiative seeks to establish a trust-driven foundation comprised of identity services that streamline and support a globally connected society, while respecting individual rights and privileges, and enabling companies, industries, government and civil service organizations to better serve people through advanced, interoperable technologies.

Kantara and OpenStand

Kantara Initiative is a signatory for the OpenStand Principles, and embraces an open, transparent, multi-stakeholder community.  Kantara members include technology and policy professionals from industry, research, academia governments, civil society, and more.

The adoption of the OpenStand Principles will help drive the open development of a transparent, accessible environment that supports innovation, technology development, and deployment for the benefit of humanity. By leveraging the OpenStand Principles, Kantara members seek to leverage open standards to develop verifiable trusted solutions that respect users, serve society, and grow markets.

For more information on how to get involved, please click here.

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Joni Brennan is a contributing advocate and is the Executive Director for the Kantara Initiative

Contributing Advocate
Joni Brennan,
Executive Director, Kantara Initiative

About Kantara Initiative
The Kantara Initiative is a non-profit organization that helps accelerate the identity services market by developing innovations and programs to support trusted on-line transactions. The organization is dedicated to identify, and develop innovative and “trust-based” solutions that support the Connected Life. By definition, trust-based solutions leverage open standards, enable proportional data sharing in a manner that respects users, and apply verifiable best practices. Kantara Members are working to openly assess, innovate and develop programs that will help ensure a more safe, seamless and streamlined connected experience.

 

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How the Open Document Format (ODF) Standard Simplifies Document Sharing and Collaboration

Posted on November 12th, 2014

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Electronic document sharing and collaboration can be a problematic activity today. File compatibility, formatting, version control and editing become a potential headache for anyone trying to collaboratively share documents. For example, a research paper might look fine in Apple’s Pages, but it may fail to open or display properly in Microsoft’s Word. Or a document created in Microsoft Excel can be difficult to open if the recipient is using Sheets by Google Drive. A viable solution to this problem is to utilize an open standard format.

According to Eric C. McCreath and Robert Edwards of Business IT, “The way forward to avoid any compatibility issues is open standard formats that any person or organisation can develop office applications for, whether these are Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications or proprietary ones. This levels the playing field and makes sharing office documents easier and less expensive.”

One open standard that is gaining recognition is the Open Document Format (ODF) which was introduced by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). OASIS is a not-for-profit global consortium, that endorses the open adoption of e-business standards.  OASIS key players include SunMicrosystems (now with Oracle) and IBM.  ODF documents can be recognized by their filename extensions, which include:

  • .odt and .fodt for word processing

  • .ods and .fods for spreadsheets

  • .odp and .fodp for presentations

  • .odg and .fodg for graphics

There are a variety of benefits associated with using ODF.  First, ODF has been approved by both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commision (IEC) as an international standard for office software. Second, the ODF format can be easily integrated with the following office software applications:

  • StarOffice

  • Microsoft Office since 2008

  • LibreOffice

  • Google Docs

*Note: Conflicting information is available on ODF integration with Google Docs.  While the original article indicates support, along with Wikipedia,  this article says “NO”, and this support thread indicates there is some integration.text

This means that any document that has been created as an ODF in any of these applications can be shared and opened in any other application and it will appear and act just as the owner intended it to. The ODF specification is available at no cost from OASIS, so it can be read and implemented for free.

As mentioned earlier, various international governments and organizations have adopted ODF as their format for creating and sharing documents. The UK’s adoption of ODF and the Australian government’s work towards using ODF can provide helpful insight into the benefits of ODF.

Do you think we will see a movement of more governments and international organizations moving towards ODF? What do you think the benefits will be? Is there a downside to using ODF? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Interview with OpenStand Advocate Tim Berners-Lee: The Internet Turns 25

Posted on November 5th, 2014

From the beginning, the Internet was built on a set of open development principles, that are now recognized as the OpenStand Principles. As the Internet turns 25 this year, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, sat down to reflect back on the first days of its existence. In the below video, he discusses how far web information has come, and how much more ground there is left to cover.

Video highlights:

  • From an early age, Berners-Lee understood the difference between looking at systems from both a microscopic level and a macroscopic level. This difference played a critical role in the development of the Internet. He not only took into consideration how the it would function, by sending information from one computer to another, but how the entire system would scale and interconnect.
  • Growing up, Berners-Lee’s parents were involved in the growth of computer programming and told him that what you do with a computer is only limited by your imagination. Berners-Lee highlighted this as the challenge for today: To keep imagining and creating. The challenge didn’t end with the creation of the Internet; it has only just begun. The framework built by Berners-Lee laid the foundation for layers and layers of applications and use cases.
  • The early creators of the Internet were not out to turn the work into a dedicated career. They programmed out of their garages and basements in their spare time because they believed in the mission and the product. Berners-Lee said that if patents had been involved in the building of the Internet, nothing would have gotten accomplished because the innovators would have not have had open access to what their peers were working on, and therefore, would not have been able to build off of it. The Internet was built on the idea that access to information should be royalty free and open — and should remain that way.
  • Berners-Lee shares his thoughts about access to the Internet and notes that information is being discussed on a global scale in countries whose governments censor information. Berners-Lee remarks that ending censorship will not be an overnight process, but he can see progress that has been made to remove barriers to information exchange, as governments realize that access to information for all can greatly benefit their economy.

OpenStand is honored to carry the open development torch from Tim Berners-Lee, as well as with the W3C as an Affirming Partner of the OpenStand Principles. The Internet has seen exponential growth in the past 25 years and, as it is kept open, can only continue to grow for the benefit of humanity.

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The Heroes of the Internet Believed in Open Standards

Posted on October 29th, 2014

Recently, Computer Weekly highlighted five heroes of the web. Below is a compilation of these heroes and significant moments, considered the most influential people and breakthroughs in the development of the Internet as we know it today.

  1. Tim Berners-Lee
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Source: Georgia Oetker

In the early 1990’s document access systems were closed, proprietary and single-user in nature. Tim Berners-Lee, a developer at CERN and inventor of the World Wide Web, sought a better, fundamentally open way for research communities to find and share information,  Berners-Lee developed the HTTP and HTML protocols as well as a browser he offered freely for users to access the early Internet.  On 6 August, 1991, he invited anyone to download his invention. In a newsgroup posting he wrote:

“The WWW model gets over the frustrating incompatibilities of data format between suppliers and reader by allowing negotiation of format between a smart browser and a smart server. Try it.”

Today, the protocols developed by Berners-Lee, and many other internet protocols developed by the World Wide Web Consortium under Berners-Lee, serve as the foundation for the Web as we know it.   Without the open capabilities Berners-Lee created, it is unlikely the web would have evolved beyond anything other than an interesting, but vaguely understood idea.

  1.  Doug Engelbart and Company
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Source: Computer Weekly

Doug Engelbart and a group from Augmented Human Intellect (AHI) Research Center at Stanford Research Institute gave a demonstration on how IT would change the way people work. The 90 minute demo to 1,000 computer professional was the first public showing of a mouse, hypertext linking.  This significantly shaped the concept of personal computing.

3.  Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn

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Source: Computer Weekly

Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and Robert Khan, Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) are both considered “Fathers of the Internet”.  In the early 1980’s the two designed the standard networking protocol, TCP/IP, which made it possible for people to download the source code for web browser software developed by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN.  Today TCP/IP continues to enable modern networking and communication.

  1. NeXT Cube: The Unix workstation that ran the first WWW
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Source: Computer Weekly

Tim Berners-Lee initially traveled with this machine to demonstrate what the web looked like. It was able to run across CERN’s internal networks. CERN later connected the server to its TCP/IP network, which allowed the web to be accessed everywhere using the TCP/IP protocol. The first web page was launched at CERN on 20 December 1990.

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OpenStand’s Two Year Anniversary: A Look Back and a Look Forward

Posted on October 22nd, 2014

OpenStand recognizes the support of OpenStand partners and advocates in the wake of its two year anniversary

In the wake of OpenStand’s two year anniversary, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the support of OpenStand partners and advocates. The goal of OpenStand remains simple: to mobilize ongoing, global support for the application of open, market-driven principles in technology and standards development, and keep development open to a worldwide community of innovators.

Here are a few highlights from our affirming partners:

“As Chair of the IETF when OpenStand was announced, and Chair of the IAB today, I believe also that these principles are fundamental to the Internet’s future success—and that they establish a broader paradigm for standards covering many topics that are fundamental to a thriving global economy and the social wellbeing. The role of standards development organizations is often hidden in everyday life, but the impact of standards is felt by billions of people everyday.”

- Russ Housley, IAB Chair for the IETF blog.

“Looking at the benefits infographicI observe that some, or even most, benefits are generic and apply to the other standards development paradigms as well. But the OpenStand paradigm results in a unique combination of benefits. OpenStand makes explicit what most of us know: The success of the Internet is dependent upon the way it has been developed. In the Internet Society’s “Internet Invariants” paper, this is explained as: “The Internet requires some basic agreements and social behaviour – between technologies and between humans,” after which the paper enumerates “interoperability and mutual agreement,” “collaboration,” and “reusable [technology] building blocks.” All these resonate with the OpenStand principles. The final invariant, “There are no permanent favorites,” is embedded in the voluntary OpenStand principle.

- Mr. Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer for ISOC for the ISOC blog.

“We would like to encourage governments around the world to refer to and adopt the OpenStand principles, for that harmonization will create positive network effects in the global IT market.”

-Daniel Dardailler, Associate Chair for Europe and Director of International Relations
for W3c for the W3C blog.

We would also like to stand the community of OpenStand advocates for their tremendous support and participation.  The global participation on our survey reflects the nature and scope of the OpenStand Principles. You can view the results of our survey here.

As OpenStand moves forward with the support of the community and Partners. It is our hope that OpenStand values will form the bedrock for future technology innovation. As the world seeks to solve modern collaboration, standardization, security and privacy challenges, applying the OpenStand Principles will play an essential role in securing the future of open, inclusive, market-driven innovation.

Thank you once again for standing with us.

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W3C at 20: Expanding with OpenStand in Mind

Posted on October 17th, 2014

I joined the W3C staff in 1997 as a technical writer. My first assignment was to work on the W3C Process Document, which describes how W3C turns ideas into standards. My understanding of what happened before I arrived is that W3C Members had begun in 1996 to demand a more formal description of how the organization would work. A committee was formed to draw up the document. I began to edit it mid-1997, and, we adopted the first Process Document for W3C on 11 November 1999.

The principles that we would later formalize with our peers as OpenStand Principles were apparent even in our first process document. Here are a few examples:

  • Consensus: Declared “Integral to the W3C process” right from the start.
  • Transparency: The process required public versions of documents at least every three months. This requirement was put in place because in the early days many W3C Working Groups did not conduct their discussions on public mailing lists. Today groups conduct their technical discussions in public.
  • Availability: All formal publications from draft to standard have always been publicly available at no cost.

I remained editor through the 2005 revision, which remained the operative W3C process for 9 years until we (finally!) replaced it in August 2014.

The Process Document is an important manifestation of our organizational vision. For 20 years, W3C has sought to create an environment where competitors collaborate with respect and due process. We have stumbled at times, but as a result have become more transparent, inclusive, and effective, essentially growing into the OpenStand principles (see our 2012 self-evaluation). We are actively expanding and evolving today, keeping OpenStand principles in mind as we go, as CEO Jeff Jaffe did this week in a blog post, Decision by consensus or by informed editor; which is better?

We will mark W3C’s 20th anniversary on 29 October with a Symposium and Gala Dinner in Santa Clara, California. Please join us as we discuss the future of the organization, as well as the future of the Web.

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This blog post was written by Ian Jacobs. He is the Head of W3C Marketing and Communications. He has a background in software engineering, spent 7 years writing Web standards at W3C, and has been in his current role for 10 years.

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Infographic: Finding Open Standards in Digital Life

Posted on October 9th, 2014

Every day, online and offline, open standards benefit humanity.  In our modern world, posting blog content, searching the web and sending/receiving mail has become second nature – and many of the underpinning technologies that support these tasks leverage open standards.

To illustrate how this works in her life, Anna, the Community Manager at phpList, created the infographic below in celebration of 2014 Document Freedom Day.  Says Anna,  “Basically every task I do as phpList Community Manager uses Open Standards of some kind. Writing this blog, for example, used http, ip, www and html to name just a few. Also, while I write I am using IRC and xmpp to talk with my phpList friends and colleagues. A sizable portion of my day is spent replying to emails, which uses a whole host of Open Protocols, ranging from openPGP to imap and smtp.”

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She continues, “Open Standards really are vital to our ability to work together on-line, without them we could not communicate or collaborate…so my life would be a colossal bore!”

Anna’s infographic provides a simple illustration of how open standards have improved the way she lives, works and communicates.  In truth, every day — online and offline — open standards improve life for people around the world and play an essential role as building blocks for technology innovation and economic growth.

While we don’t know if Anna is an OpenStand supporter, we like the insights she provides here and thought we’d share. You can view her full post, here.

OpenStand celebrates the contributions of the open developments community and advocates for a set of proven OpenStand Principles to drive standards and technology development.  We hope you’ll Stand With Us as an advocate for an open future.

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