Open Web Foundation

Scott Wilson, Scott's Workblog, Jul 28, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Scott Wilson reports on the launch of the Open Web Foundation, announced at OSCON last week. The purpose of the Foundation is to "create a home for community-driven specifications" such as oAuth and OpenID. Wilson questions the need for the Foundation: "On the other hand, what about IETF? What about W3C? What about ISO? What about UN/CEFACT?"

The discussion on the OWF mailing list and in other coverage answers the question. WC3? For example, here we read, "The W3C is a pay-to-play cartel that increasingly gets nothing done. Open source developers can't even participate, as a rule." As for IETF, Wilson's concern is echoed by Dare Obasanjo, but in response, "its main problem is that it has no IPR policy at all," a concern that was echoed elsewhere. ISO's problems were highlighted in the recent Open Document kerfuffle.

More coverage of the launch: from TechNewsWorld, Identity Woman, Internet News, OStatic, Web Green, Silicon Florist and many more. I have joined the mailing list, which means I have joined the Foundation (I think - I saw no indication of an additional step).
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