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The modern standardization paradigm is here: OpenStand!

Posted by Karen B on October 3rd, 2012

paradigmlogo A few months ago, I wrote about a new paradigm that is emerging for producing global standards that are driven by markets and industries. That paradigm is here now and guess what? It’s not really new at all. It’s been effectively used for decades as evidenced by such things as standards that the Internet is built upon and the ubiquitous 802.11 that goes by the household term, WiFi.

What is new is that it has a name – “OpenStand” – and people and organizations can now talk about it cohesively and cooperatively. The website for OpenStand was introduced at the end of August 2012. It’s a place to learn about the modern paradigm, provide endorsements, and show support.

If there’s any doubt that OpenStand is recognized globally, take a look at the list of supporters. It’s also great to see the endorsement from our industry’s own Accellera standards-setting organization.

You are welcome to add your name to the list of supporters. If your company or standards organization would like to provide an endorsement, I’m happy to help if you need anything.

Coming soon to the OpenStand website will be statements of adherence from more standards organizations. Indeed, several have already contacted the originators of the OpenStand principles asking to sign on.

What’s the big deal about OpenStand? We are used to global standards that are created and adopted via a market-driven paradigm. What we might not be familiar with is that market-driven standardization is not the only way that global standards are produced. The parallel model is by national body representation. In simple terms, countries – not companies – come together to set and recommend standards.

So the big deal is that market-driven standards are being clearly recognized as viable, necessary, and beneficial to society. The standards are developed without geographical borders. OpenStand provides a means for articulating to governments and emerging economies what modern global standards can be made of.

Standards organizations that fit the OpenStand paradigm adhere to its five principles:

  1. Cooperation
  2. Adherence to principles of standards development
  3. Collective empowerment
  4. Availability
  5. Voluntary adoption

In the next series of posts, I’ll elaborate on each principle.

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