Leading Standards Organizations Assert Principles of a "New Global Standards Paradigm"

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 31, 2012 3:22 AM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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The big news in the standards arena yesterday was a joint announcement by five of the standards setting organizations (SSOs) that have been most essential to the creation of the Internet and the Web. Joint announcements by SSOs are rare, and the subject matter of this announcement was more so: each organization was joining in the endorsement of a set of five principles that they assert support a “new paradigm for standards” development.

My own first reaction was to wonder what had inspired the announcement, and what specifically the five SSOs hoped to achieve? I was able to connect with some of the people that were instrumental in constructing the initiative to learn the answers to those questions, and some of the back story leading to the launch.

First, there is a brief joint statement of purpose:... "We embrace a modern paradigm for standards where the economics of global markets, fueled by technological advancements, drive global deployment of standards regardless of their formal status. In this paradigm standards support interoperability, foster global competition, are developed through an open participatory process, and are voluntarily adopted globally. These voluntary standards serve as building blocks for products and services targeted at meeting the needs of the market and consumer, thereby driving innovation. Innovation in turn contributes to the creation of new markets and the growth and expansion of existing markets."

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