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Standards Bodies and Consortia
AIAG - Develops standards for the automotive industry
ANSI - American National Standards Institute
ASTM - an international voluntary standards organization that develops and produces technical standards for
CableLabs - pursues new cable telecommunications technologies and their integration
DCML - provides a standard model to describe one or more data center environments
DMTF - Develops standards for distributed desktop, network, enterprise and Internet environment
ECMA - International European association for standardizing information and communication systems
ETSI - produces European telecommunications standards
FIX - messaging specifications for the electronic communication of trade-related messages - Accelerating the use and acceptance of open source technologies through standards.
ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission
IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc
IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force
ISO - International Organization for Standardization
ITU - International Telecommunications Union
JCP - Java Community Process
JXTA - Combination P2P open standards with Java open source implementation.
LibertyAlliance - Liberty Alliance Project
OASIS - Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems
ODMG - Object Data Management Group
OGC - international consortium for geospatial and location based services standards
OMA - Creates open standards and specifications for interoperable mobile services.
OMG - Object Management Group
OpenACC - API describing a collection of compiler directives to accelerate application.
OpenGroup - an international vendor and technology-neutral consortium
OSGi - dynamic module system for Java
RosettaNet - Open e-business process standards
RTCA - Develops recommendations for communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic issues.
SunSpec - defines open data standards for the renewable energy and photovoltaic (PV) industries
TCG - Industry standards group to help create specs for hardware-enabled trusted computing and security te - Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration
VoiceXML - an industry organization formed to create and promote the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
workforce-xml - standardization of xml integration of devices/apps for the workforce
WS-I - Web Services Interoperability Organization

  Main Body

About is a not-for-profit organization created to connect people to open standards and the bodies that build and foster their growth, integrating the various resources within the IT industry committed to increasing the synergy of international IT collaboration.
Openness should be defined by how limitless our abilities are to improve and grow rather than how closed we can be. Growth without boundaries is the premise upon which seeks to fill countless gaps while helping to shed light on a better future for IT. does not seek to reinvent the wheel, or replace any of the entities currently committed to open standards. Rather, it seeks to bind them and their stakeholders together, creating synergy and increasing the value of their efforts. The truth is, everyone with an interest in open standards will benefit, not the least of which are organizations that have been and continue to work hard for the cause. There are more than enough unfulfilled needs for to fill, including the need to increase awareness of the many efforts other organizations are working hard to achieve.


The objectives listed here provide clear direction for putting our principles into action.

Portal for Standards should be the place people can go to locate information on open standards. It will be a place to learn and connect interested parties with people and organizations covering their interests.

Hub for Current Standards Setting Organizations

Besides being a place to centralize connections to open standards setting bodies, will excel further, looking for opportunities to foster synergistic cooperation between the various bodies and its members. By reducing duplication while producing the benefits of cooperation, proposes to strengthen the open standards community while accelerating development as well as increasing acceptance of new standards.
The site will seek to aggregate news on open standards, making it a place to routinely keep up-to-date on the latest trends and activities in the open standards community.
Everyone with an interest in open standards will have a stake in Beneficiaries range from members of current open standards setting bodies to developers utilizing the standards, hardware manufacturers and organizations weighing their options, and even those fostering proprietary standards, to either assess the impact or consider relinquishing their hold on certain standards, as well as learn how they can best benefit from the ROI that open standards brings.


Principles are the foundation of any successful net effort. Without such, one is an obstacle. These principles are fundamental for true open standards, and should be the cornerstone of our efforts as the net's citizens.

Open Visibility

Standards created openly for all to see are more likely to be adopted and benefit the users. Where information on standards setting is currently open, attempts should be made to make this information easier to understand and access. Where activities occur behind closed doors, the effort to open those doors must be adamantly pursued.

Open Participation

One measure of the openness of standards is the degree to which those impacted by the results have access to the creation process. Public view of the process is only one step in the right direction. Organizations should open participation so the diversity of the contributors reflects the true recipients of the benefits. Increasing the ability for all interested parties to be represented is essential to prosperous results.

Open Access to Standards

Specifications and other documentation defining standards should be openly available for everyone. Those wishing to use an open standard should be able to view the information and documentation necessary to create an implementation, as well as access to any technology and legal rights necessary to use, deploy or distribute their implementation.

Common Benefit is committed to the interests of all the stakeholders of open standards. Individual privacy, consumer costs and benefits, and other considerations that put the people in proper perspective shall guide our efforts. Open standards is ultimately about creating a better world for everyone.

Increased Unity and Sharing, Decreased Duplication

Competition can breed innovation. Yet, in a world where digital information can be replicated across the globe rapidly, the benefits to competitive duplication can pale quickly in contrast to the benefits of unity and collaboration. Open standards is a means to increase unity and sharing to decrease duplication. With insatiable demand for improvement, competitive innovation will always have a place, and become more productive as it is able to leverage a global infrastructure built on unity and openness. The greater the optimization and accessibility of the infrastructure built through open standards, the greater the demand for innovation leveraging it.

Web Services
The stuff that dreams are made of, or more hype from our favorite technology gurus?


Cloud Computing Use Cases
Brings together cloud consumers and vendors to define common use cases for cloud computing and demonstrates the performance and economic benefits.


Business Case for Open Standards
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