This article is co-authored by James Bryce Clark, General Counsel, and Laurent Liscia, Executive Director, of OASIS
As we near the end of the month and the Easter break, a lot has happened in the world of standards. Next week, we will post a monthly summary but for this week, here are the latest developments in Standards. Please feel free to leave any comments/suggestions in the comment section below.
“A Tale of Two Tragedies – A plea for open standards” by Maurits Dolmans – published recently in the “International Free and Open Source Software Law Review” (www.ifosslr.org/ifosslr) – contrasts and compares the benefits of royalty-free licensing to that of FRAND in the context of the European ICT sector and examines a number of proposed criteria for defining an Open Standard.
Welcome to the second in the new incarnation of the “Week in standards” series. I am always surprised by how much activity there is in the standards world in only a week, and this week is no exception. So here we go. Again, the goal is to provide as broad a review as possible, and please feel free to leave any feedback/suggestions in the comments section below.
Welcome to the revised, new look, week in standards. Once again we will cover the latest developments in the world of standards each week, trying to keep the ideas as concise as possible so as to cover as many developments as possible. It is indeed surprising how quickly standards can evolve in just a week and we look forward to engaging with you and welcome your feedback.
What is a Smart Grid?
What is a Smart Grid? How should it look like? Well, the answer depends on who you ask.
There is a general consensus that:
Apologies for last week, I had to teach my course at Oxford University and so it was difficult to do the week in standards last week. But we are back this week covering both weeks, and a lot has happened in the world of standards in the last two weeks as we see below.
PART 7 – U.S. Law and Policy Prefers Standards Developed in the Marketplace: the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 and OMB Circular A-119
For this and the next installment, I will focus for the most part on U.S. law and policy as it provides a most clear illustration. In the context of standard setting, there is a substantial early history of the government as the exclusive or predominant standards-setting entity, rooted in its British heritage dating back many hundreds of years.
There is a curious paradox which we are seeing increasingly. We see closed systems built on open standards and open source. I illustrate the phenomenon giving three instances below (Apple and Facetime, Open source and the Cloud and SPDY – the proposed new protocol from Google to replace HTTP). I seek comments on these.