UNDP-APDIP Releases Publication on Open Standards
Posted by egovindia on July 19, 2006
e-Primer on Free/Open Source Software: Open Standards Author: Nah Soo Hoe With a foreword by Peter J. Quinn (c) UNDP-APDIP, Elsevier, 2006, 62 pages ISBN-13: 978-81-312-0538-9 ISBN-10: 81-312-0538-X Find out more at: http://www.apdip.net/news/openstdsprimer ========================================================================== In this age of information and communications technology, many governments are moving towards open standards and frameworks. Open standards ensure that products and services can inter-operate and work together, even though they may be from different parties or entities. Open standards ensure that the next purchase is not dictated by the last purchase, thus, increasing users’ choices, access to products, information and services, and opportunities for sharing and collaboration. In addition to the advantage of increased competition for acquisition and the ongoing operational expense, governments, businesses and other entities can benefit from each others' efforts and share applications that each have built. This e-primer, with a foreword by Peter J. Quinn, introduces readers to what open standards are and why they are important. It explains the standard-setting processes and provides examples of open standards policies, initiatives and formats. It also addresses the challenges faced in implementing open standards. This publication is part of the International Open Source Network’s Free/Open Source Software e-Primer Series. Other titles include: - A General Introduction - Education - Government and Policy - Localization Online versions of all FOSS e-Primers are available at http://www.iosn.net/foss-primers. Upcoming titles are focused on licensing, network security and infrastructure, and open content. The FOSS e-Primer series is produced by the International Open Source Network <http://www.iosn.net>, an initiative of UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme <http://www.apdip.net> and supported by the International Development Research Center <http://www.idrc.ca>, Canada.