Opening Up the IMS

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Jun 11, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have complained in the past about the lack of openness at IMS, and Michael Feldstein takes up the same cause from within the organization. "At one point," he writes, "I said, 'I know plenty of people in the ed tech community-good people, exactly the kind of people that we need to participate-who think that the IMS is some kind of secret society.' I got a fair few 'amens' from other participants, both publicly and privately." Well - yeah. And, I might add, IMS should be looking at more than simply its finances when deciding whether or not to be open. The standards it drafts and distributes would be substantially improved with wider community input (FWIW I spent a good part of my meeting yesterday afternoon with standards people in Canada making the same case for the same sort of openness on other bodies - like SCC and ISO and the like).
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