Online Forum: April 29, 2010 :: 15:00 - 20:00 GMT
Reviewing SSOs

Reviewing SSOs

Welcome to the Open Forum on Reviewing SSOs – Fostering or Impeding Efficient Standardization?

There is an ongoing debate about whether standard setting organizations can be ranked or compared against each other, and if so, what criteria should be used and who could make such an assessment.

Proponents of the idea of SSO ranking suggests that it would facilitate choosing standards while making sure that demands for openness, consensus are met (see e.g. Trond-Arne Undheim and Andy Updegrove); while opponents argue that standards are ultimately successful if they succeed in markets, meeting demand from end-users.

Governments have set up frameworks for adopting standards, taking into account different attributes of the underlying development process, e.g. the US OMB Circular No A-119 and the EU Modernizing ICT Standardization in the EU and proposals of ranking SSOs have come from IBM, the British Standards Insitute, Yale Law School and Digistan.

The open forum is set to discuss important issues such as:

Is a formalized review of SSOs fostering or impeding efficient standardization?

What are the pros and cons of rankings?

The discussion will be based on the introductory remarks posted to the right.

Please join the discussion!

Mattias Ganslandt, Editor

recent ARTICLES

Summary of Open Forum: Reviewing SSOs

Posted By Mattias Ganslandt on May 10th, 2010

In April, Talkstandards.com hosted an open forum on the topic of formal review/ranking of Standard Setting Organisations (SSO). Contributors were ask...

Judging on form vs result

Posted By Jay Kesan on April 30th, 2010

Is a formalized review of SSOs fostering or impeding efficient standardization? What are the pros and cons of ranking standard setting organizations ...

A Standard for Asserting SSO Quality Would Be Welcome

Posted By Daniel Dardailler on April 29th, 2010

To the question: • Is a formalized review of SSOs fostering or impeding efficient standardization? The W3C staff considers that a formalized revi...

Could a Multi-Dimensional Ranking System Spur Competition?

Posted By Knut Blind on April 29th, 2010

Rankings are becoming more and more popular in order to assess individuals, institutions or even countries according various criteria like wealth, inno...

The Dangers of Elevating (SSO) Form over Substance (of Standards)

Posted By Steve Mutkoski on April 29th, 2010

The notion of creating standards for standards setting organizations not a new one, but it certainly has attracted more discussion and interest over th...

The Risks of Standardizing Standardization

Posted By Mattias Ganslandt on April 29th, 2010

In late 2008, IBM published a new corporate policy, which set guidelines for the company’s behavior in different standards setting organizations. W...

The Pros and Cons of SSO Ranking

Posted By Damien Geradin on April 29th, 2010

Rankings can usefully contribute to inform users/consumers in a large variety of areas about the options that are available to them. They can also help...

SSO Ranking- Shortcut to Efficiency or Simply Adding Bureaucracy?

Posted By Helen Disney on April 29th, 2010

The crux and, indeed, the most challenging aspect of standards creation is the ability of different standards to promote both competition and innovatio...

Standards for Standards: Is the Best Way to Predict the Future to Standardize It?

Posted By Ajit Jaokar on April 27th, 2010

The title of this blog is a play on the famous words by the pioneering computer scientist Alan Kay who said that: "The best way to predict the future...

The BSI PAS 98 Code of Practice for Consortia

Posted By Mattias Ganslandt on April 22nd, 2010

The British Standards Institution (BSI) announced in a 2009 press release in a that work had begun to formulate the PAS 98 “Code of practice for th...

Short Summary of SSO Governance Open Forum

Posted By Mattias Ganslandt on April 22nd, 2010

In January, Talkstandards.com hosted an open forum on SSO Governance and the rules of standardization (Event page here). The benefits of diversity ...
recent COMMENTS
  • I've been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . ...

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  • Hello Jay, reading your post after the forum. You write: "The parties are well aware of each others’ strengths and weaknesses ...

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  • Ken, you wrote "To summerize all these discussions (at least for me): The desire is to rate the standard not ...

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  • To summerize all these discussions (at least for me): The desire is to rate the standard not the standardization organization ...

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  • Hello Matias I'm not saying that we should standardize a ranking system, but standardize the objective criteria that allows for ranking ...

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  • Daniel! Interesting points. Some of these issues need to be discussed in more detail. While there is generally ...

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  • Hello Ajit wrt funding for the SSO standard work, and hosting such an initiative, I don't have an answer. There would ...

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