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  • OASIS Staff Blogs
    m rather proud of the results after the first few weeks Read more 1 comment 9 attachments Trying to give back By Neil Schelly Posted on 2007 11 13 20 20 Tagged cms contribution drupal freesoftware GPL layout opensource I m a Free Software advocate to say the least Here at OASIS we use the open source and free software package Drupal to manage a number of sites Each site has its own customizations and I ve been working to keep my contributions and patches as generic as possible so that I can contribute them back to the various modules I ve also taken a couple of custom modules I ve been using both for sites OASIS runs and for sites I manage or have managed in my out of work time and created Drupal projects to manage them I ve filled out my Drupal profile a bit too Read more Add new comment Tickets are great when there are none By Neil Schelly Posted on 2007 10 22 13 55 Tagged helpdesk ticketing tickets workflow I like ticketing systems I like the fact that my work queue only includes 21 tickets right now when for months it s been over 30 and every time I got close to the twenties stuff would start breaking and the ticket queue would grow I m sure many IT people might seek the same goal as me to have a ticketing queue of 0 items Read more Add new comment Theming our blogs By Jose Marquez Posted on 2007 09 17 22 57 Tagged design layout theming I ve very quickly hacked together an OASIS blog theme with purple and white dominant and orangish highlights for link hover properties I think it s an okay starting point but it could use some tweaking

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  • An Investigation Into Standards and Innovation (6) | OASIS Staff Blogs
    of innovations that must be standardized For instance we have a set of technical committees that focus on ways to make the power grid smarter the so called Smart Grid effort The participants have a good idea of what they want to do but what they want to do does not exist yet and will change as they realize their collective vision through public comments open contributions and ballots What a sea change from the traditional way of doing standards This model in which standards drive innovation has expanded to hardware One magnificent example is the 802 11 or wireless family of standards in IEEE I suspect that the companies that came together in 802 11 had only a faint idea of what might come out of their deliberations before they began In many ways the process is imperfect and even counter intuitive at OASIS as in many other organizations members must pay to do the standards work Many people in the Open Source community who are used to giving away their work don t understand why there should be a fee for them to do the heavy lifting The reason is simple in order for a standard to be open and transparent there needs to be an open and transparent model with clear work rules a collaboration system and guardians of the process who make sure no one is gaming the system These are the staff of the standards body including yours truly and they need to pay their bills What precedes also explains why ICT standards are different and more important than ever If you don t want to miss the boat of innovation you must participate in the standards process It s a matter of survival for software companies a matter of control for end users if

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  • An Investigation Into Standards and Innovation (5) | OASIS Staff Blogs
    knew about patents and the rewards of innovation They didn t WANT to be rewarded at least not at first These idealist developers wanted to donate their work to the community while usually being supported by day jobs at regular software companies but let s pass on that As for the more cynical ones they figured out not because they were particularly clever but because they saw it happen and had their eyes open that giving away something valuable was a way to gain quick market share There is much understandable confusion in the public between open source and open standards Open source programs are programs that are available free of charge and can be modified by whoever wants to use them thus the open denomination but don t necessarily work together Open standards are the result of a collective transparent and democratic process that describes how data should be exchanged Here s how to get a sense of the difference Think of Linux there are many distributions or flavors of Linux which is an open source Unix based operating system but each requires a separate installation and does not necessarily interoperate with another Linux distribution An open standard on the other hand tells you how programs interoperate In our next segment we ll find out how we get from Open Source to truly open standards and how open standards have turned the innovation process on its head Add new comment Navigation Latest images About this blog Laurent Liscia blogs about his observations insights and interactions in his role as executive director of OASIS Recent posts Another banner year at OASIS and headwinds coming our way OASIS Board of Directors Election What A Slate Can the IoT be secured Survey Shows Need for Standards in Mobile Payments Space Tales of

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  • An Investigation Into Standards and Innovation (4) | OASIS Staff Blogs
    resulted in amazing standards proliferation These were marketing efforts for the most part rather than rigorous specification processes Existing trade associations that had nothing to do with software saw an opportunity to cobble together standards for their verticals and magically introduce a new revenue stream The big acronym was EDI electronic data interchange and EDI schemes popped up in millions of flavors everywhere This was the 90s and at this point standardization while more commonplace than ever before was still a reactive effort a club of enemies willing to bury the hatchet just long enough to acknowledge that an innovation had occurred In that sense standards in the 90s were not innovative Much like the standards developed post war in de jure bodies they would simply conclude the disruptive innovation process with lip service cooperation In the first decade of its existence the World Wide Web seemed to have the same impact on the standards scene as previous innovations Big vendors saw it as a product opportunity but for a while the standards process was taken out of their hands and a new breed of standard body introduced a new form of standardization that was much more open in its recruitment and more rigorous in its output This was the age of the IETF Request for Comment and the W3C s guidelines Anecdotally the W3C s accessibility guidelines were my first introduction to the world of standards I was running a Web engineering company called Webmotion at the time and we had brought in a blind man into our offices to test a Web site implementation of the guidelines The experience was not exactly conclusive but that s about standard testability in the real world and is a story for another day Add new comment Navigation Latest images About this

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  • An Investigation Into Standards and Innovation (2) | OASIS Staff Blogs
    be known and shared for things to work together Such standards were seen by private companies as a necessary evil and as the unwanted step child of the patent With patents you could innovate and get paid for it you could dominate markets with inventions and you would guard these trade secrets with your life With standards you had to disclose at least a portion of the inner workings of your products and the only reason you would do this would be to avoid the chaos of incompatible technologies the Baltimore fire all over again But doing business with governments also made money so complying with government mandated standards turned into a nice little habit In any case compliance while cumbersome was not any skin off of anyone s nose because it didn t require that secrets be given away or that patent revenue be foregone One consequence of the rise of the de jure bodies was the urge private companies felt in the 70s and 80s to form their own trade associations or consortia as a counterweight Such de facto organizations introduced a culture of wary cooperation between mostly hardware manufacturers like so many gentleman s clubs where club members politely played gin rummy together Of course any game played in these ad hoc clubs had to emulate the rules that prevailed in the marketplace namely a desire to be paid for one s patent Which is why most of the standards devised by these ad hoc bodies recognized one and only one kind of intellectual property rights the reasonable sort What reasonable meant at the time is that the gentlemen s standards club would charge whatever it deemed the market could reasonably bear for its standards Later the reasonable was augmented by and non discriminatory as a nod

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  • An Investigation Into Standards and Innovation (1) | OASIS Staff Blogs
    the solar calendar would make for a great scientific thriller even though the Gregorian calendar which included the leap year and its attending math was way more accurate than the Julian the Protestant world decided to ignore Rome s decision to launch it in 1582 and chose to stay with their Julian deficiencies Things didn t change until the 1700s and I certainly hope it will take less time for US engineers to realize that they live in a metric universe On the topic of the snail s pace adoption of the metric system in the US please see a wonderful discussion by Stephen Bates Assistant Professor in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies UNLV at http mjlst umn edu uploads 0q xZ 0qxZQMScOnZckRUoPk3sUw 102 bates pdf The rail gauges used by the railroad companies when they started laying down tracks is cited as the first industrial standard although I m sure one might find an older standard for rivets nails or Adam s Smith s pins I would argue that one of the first modern public minded standards arose from the Baltimore fire of 1904 which destroyed 2 500 buildings simply because the hoses of out of town firemen were not compatible with the local hydrants the out manned local firemen could not count on outside help Modern standards began with public safety and for public safety to matter you need a political regime that cares a democracy or at the very least a benevolent monarchy To this day the most carefully devised standards are in construction transportation and health care and they take a long time to create and test Add new comment Navigation Latest images About this blog Laurent Liscia blogs about his observations insights and interactions in his role as executive director of

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  • innovation | OASIS Staff Blogs
    more Add new comment Patents Standards and Innovation By Laurent Liscia Posted on 2009 06 17 21 20 Tagged innovation IPR policy patents regulation Smart Grid standards One of the panels on the OASIS BlueConnect track at ConnectivityWeek 2009 focused on the uncomfortable relationship between patents and standards and how that impacts innovation Read more Add new comment Navigation Latest images The individuals who post here work at OASIS Opinions

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  • Board of Directors | OASIS Staff Blogs
    Freund elections oasis officers Peter Brown A little bit of naiveté and an anecdote first The OASIS Board of Directors decided to open its 29 July face to face meeting to members and members did show up Read more 1 comment Navigation Latest images The individuals who post here work at OASIS Opinions expressed are their own and are not necessarily reviewed in advance by anyone other than the authors

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