On 29 August 2012, IEEE, ISOC, W3C, IETF and IAB jointly affirmed the OpenStand Principles and launched the OpenStand website. The goal of OpenStand remains simple: to mobilize ongoing, global support for the application of open, market-driven principles in technology and standards development.

Through the OpenStand paradigm, we encourage the development of market driven standards that are global and open—enabling standards without borders and driving innovation for the benefit of humanity. In celebration of OpenStand’s two-year anniversary, our upcoming posts will take a look back, and  look ahead, with the help of our community of sponsors.

Over the past two years, the OpenStand principles have successfully:

  • Articulated the values that have driven innovation and market growth for last 25 years
  • Served as a relevant, influential and unifying set of values that support the open standards and technology development community
  • Inspired collaboration beyond technology and standards, into other areas of innovation

By rallying the open development around a time-tested, and common set of values, the OpenStand Principles are increasingly leveraged in public dialog, debate, policy discussions and technology development environments. As OpenStand advocacy grows, global support for the OpenStand Principles and the values of openness, transparency and inclusiveness in technology and standards development will increase. As this happens, the open development community can leverage the OpenStand principles to develop new models for technology collaboration that build upon past success, while addressing today’s challenges.

The OpenStand paradigm and principles based on the effective and efficient standardization processes that have made the Internet and Web the premiere platforms for innovation and borderless commerce that are extensible to other technologies.  They are time-tested and have proven critical to driving the global technology advancements that have served humanity so well in past decades.  The OpenStand Principles stress inclusion and voluntary market adoption — empowering economies around the world to drive global standards deployment, fueled by technology innovation.

Looking ahead, as the world seeks to solve modern collaboration, standardization, security and privacy challenges, applying these principles will play an essential role in securing the future of open, inclusive, market-driven innovation.

Building awareness to preserve these time-tested principles will help secure a future of open, market-driven innovation.  As such, it is our hope that OpenStand values will form the bedrock for future technology innovation.

In the coming weeks we will feature some perspectives from other OpenStand advocates regarding the current and future state of open development based on our survey responses. We hope you’ll stay tuned for more posts and be sure to provide us your comments.

Thank you for standing with us.

OpenStand 2 year anniversary


Over the past two years, the OpenStand Principles and values have become an increasingly relevant, influential, unifying force in public discussion.  We’ve created this handy infographic to summarize these principles, below.  We encourage you to share this on your blog, website or within your circles of influence, to rally support for OpenStand!



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OpenStand 2 year anniversary


The OpenStand two year anniversary on August 29, 2014 will soon be upon us! As prepare to celebrate, we’d like to remind the open development community (that’s you!) about our simple, three-question survey to obtain feedback regarding the present and future state of open standards and open development.

The survey will take about 5-15 minutes to fill out, depending on how much you’d like to share with us.  The survey will be open through August 22nd at 11:59 pm.  After it closes, we’ll review all of the answers and highlight some of them in an upcoming blog post series later in the month and in September. Your answers could be featured!

We really hope that you will take a moment out of your day and voice your thoughts. You are welcome (and encouraged!) to share the survey and tell folks in your circle of influence about OpenStand!

Take the Survey Here

Thanks for standing with us in support of open innovation!


As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of OpenStand, we thought it was fitting to take a look at the ways open standards benefit individuals, companies, markets, industries, governments, nations  — in essence, the world. We encourage supporters to share this infographic with their circles of influence and to rally support for the OpenStand Principles.

10 Benefits of Open Standards


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 We are approaching the two-year anniversary of OpenStand. There have been many dedicated presentations about OpenStand, and OpenStand has been featured in a good many presentations over the past two years. However, we thought we’d share our “What is OpenStand” presentation. Please feel free to download, share and embed this presentation:

OpenStand – Principles for Open Standards and Open Development

While you’re here — in celebration of OpenStand’s two-year anniversary, we also want to include the perspectives of our reader and supporter community regarding the present state and future of open standards. We’d appreciate your input.

We’ve created a simple, three-question survey should take you 5-15 minutes to complete, depending on how much feedback you provide.  We’ll be using your feedback to assemble some crowd-sourced posts that will appear on the blog in the August/September time frame.  Responses will be open and available to the public.

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The OpenStand principles do more than just align standards organizations – they have established a modern paradigm for standards and technology development that is open, collaborative, inclusive and market-driven.  It is our hope the OpenStand values will serve as the bedrock for future technology innovation, and that open standards continue to benefit people, industries, markets and nations of the world.

OpenStand 2 year anniversaryTwo years ago, on August 29, 2012, IAB, IEEE, IETF, ISOC and W3C agreed to affirm and uphold a set of established, time-tested principles that have helped drive innovation of the last two decades. The “OpenStand” Principles were drafted and jointly affirmed to help mobilize ongoing global support for the application of open, market-driven principles for standards and technology development. Since then, the OpenStand principles and values have become an increasingly relevant, influential, unifying force in public discussion.

As we approach our two-year anniversary, we are reaching out to OpenStand supporters to obtain feedback regarding the present and future state of open standards and open development.

We’ve created a relatively simple, three-question survey and we’d love your input! We will be reviewing and highlighting various responses on the OpenStand blog in a series of upcoming blog posts in August and September. Will you join us in celebrating and highlighting OpenStand’s anniversary by voicing your thoughts? We estimating this will be a 5-15 minute exercise, depending on how much you choose to share. We also welcome you to share this survey with others.

Thanks for standing with us in support of open innovation!

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OpenStand:  Bringing Unity to the Open Development Community

OpenStand recently received very salient feedback from a supporter. In his email, he likened the OpenStand website to one that advocates for clean air. In short, he argued that no one could argue with such a site: Clean air is good. Just like open development and the OpenStand Principles are good. However, he asserted the site might be more effective if it armed its readers with a better understanding of the threats to clean air (or, in this case, challengers to open standards and open development), thereby helping readers develop their own positions and empowering them to engage on the specific issues of the day.

This supporter made a great point that addresses a collective need for greater simplicity. At the same time, this poses some challenges:  First, the open development community faces a host of incredibly complicated topics, issues and debates today, which are global in scale.  Further, the participants, organizations, entities and parties involved in these issues are incredibly diverse.  Finally, the open development community itself contains many different perspectives on the complex issues we face, making it in itself, somewhat fragmented in its positioning.

It is not within OpenStand’s purview to recommend positions on complex issues of our day. However, the OpenStand Principles are proving to be increasingly helpful in informing and aligning the open development community around a common set of values to enable problem solving. As OpenStand values are leveraged in public dialog, debate, policy making and development, future models for technology collaboration will emerge that leverage what has worked in the past and address the shortcomings of the day.   It is our hope that the preservation of these time-tested principles will help secure a future of open, market-driven innovation that speeds innovation and benefits humanity.

Over the past two years, the OpenStand principles have proven to be an increasingly relevant, influential, unifying force in public discussion. As we approach OpenStand’s two-year anniversary, it is our hope that OpenStand will continue to serve as a catalyst for discussion and action within the the open standards and technology development community and that OpenStand values will form the bedrock for future technology innovation.

We welcome the ongoing feedback, dialog and participation of our readers and supporters.


OpenStand Site Refresh

As we approach the two-year anniversary of OpenStand, we’ve launched some changes to the site that will:

  • Better showcase new features, articles and resources found here
  • Re-organize site content, which has grown organically since we launched
  • Reduce spam signatures on our “Stand with Us” page

We’ll also be releasing new content and features and adding new resources (videos, slide presentations) as we approach the two-year anniversary of OpenStand.

On August 11th, we will release a survey to solicit feedback from readers and supporters regarding the present and future state of open standards.  We hope you’ll provide us with your feedback.  We’ll be highlighting responses on the blog and once the survey closes, responses will be made publicly available.

Stay tuned for more!


Farm Open Data


Agriculture is one of a growing number of industries leveraging open standards to create APIs that help farmers more effectively gather, analyze and share data.  Modern production agriculture methodologies have the ability to increase crop yields and reduce environmental impacts.  However today, it is common for farmers to become inundated by the sheer amount of data generated by various information sources and systems.  This data includes images, geodata, logs, reports and charts, which come from a disparate array of information sources and systems.

In order to solve this problem, Farmers require interoperable hardware and software solutions which synthesize data to make it readily useful – and properly secure.  The most logical approach toward a scalable solution for farmers would be to create a secure, cloud-based set of services or tools.

The Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA) was created in order to develop standards to improve agricultural data gathering processes and analysis. Aaron Ault, a farmer and leader of the Purdue University’s Open Ag Technology Group, is taking the project lead at OADA. In an article on Farm Industry News, Ault explained that the group’s mission is to help farmers increase yield from the systems they have on their farms by helping gather data from disparate systems, provide farmers with control over what happens with their data, and maximize data privacy.

Ault is himself an Indiana farmer who says he’s concerned about how his data will be used. One of his primary goals is to help ensure that farmers can own and control their own information.  “We’re going to work to develop protocols,” Ault says. “The farmer owns the data collected on his farm by his equipment and his employees.”

Instead of creating or selling a product, OADA will serve as a technical forum for open discussion and collaboration. They are going to build upon the processes for open standards that helped shape the Internet’s networking, security, web and data standards. OADA will help develop standards for APIs that companies can utilize to provide open sharing. OADA has established a set of guiding Principles, which can be viewed here.

“The big distinction here is that this is a true open standards project,” said Greg Smirin of Climate Corporation, one of the early partners of OADA. “They really can take input from all comers and actually build solutions that can begin to be implemented by consultants, companies, individuals. The narrow mission is to create technology underpinnings and the mechanism for safe data exchange with sufficient security and privacy policies.”

When farmers can readily harness the array of intelligence that help them better manage operations, they can more effectively tailor decisions and approaches to improve outcomes – for themselves and the people they serve.  Toward this goal, open standards will play a critical role in the future of farming.


Image: ISOC
Image: ISOC
The Internet Society (ISOC), an Affirming Partner of the OpenStand Principles, recently released the first in a series of Global Internet Reports. The Reports are designed to showcase current topics that stand at core of ISOC’s work regarding the future of a diverse, multi-stakeholder Internet community. The first Global Internet Report, “Open and Sustainable Access for All,” champions the benefits of an open Internet and the ongoing need to understand the contributions the open Internet has made to global society. In summary, the report:

  • Addresses the benefits and challenges of an open and sustainable Internet
  • Addresses factors that limit or prevent prospective users from access
  • Identifies key milestones in the evolution of the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Explores the benefits of the open Internet, extending to education, government, advocacy and participation
  • Outlines specific examples that demonstrate how the open internet has fostered ideas and positive change for governments, business, educators and citizens.

As the report describes, there are still differences in levels of access and openness across countries and addresses the barriers to usage that impact underserved people. As a result, the overall user experience varies significantly by country.  These differences, however, do not originate from issues related to technical standards, but rather from government policy and economic reality.

The report also features a mention of OpenStand.  Leslie Daigle, former Internet Society Chief Internet Technology Officer, wrote about the role OpenStand has played in the evolution of the open and sustainable Internet:

“As the Internet continues to grow, it is increasingly important to recognize this approach’s unique qualities and contribution to the Internet’s overall success — and how it has been part of the equation for successful companies and organizations that use the Internet. The OpenStand approach has given us the building blocks to create previously unimaginable services and opportunities to interconnect the world’s population. By tapping into the world’s greatest engineering talent, and more directly translating those talents into technical solutions, it creates the platform that generates innovation for everyone.”

The ISOC report concludes emphasizing that, as the Internet nears 3 Billion users the traditional Internet model should be honored.  When all stakeholders meet the foreseen challenges ahead, it will be possible to bridge that separates regions and peoples.  With access to an open Internet and an appropriate enabling environment, the resulting benefits of the Internet are limited only by the imagination and efforts of its users.

The Internet Society is working towards making sure that access to an open Internet becomes a global reality. For more about ISOC, please click here. You are also welcome to download this report free of charge, here.