FFII Workgroup on Open Standards




FFII hot list of standardizations in follow up mode

FFII maintains a list of standards and fake standards which it considers are in need of work either to promote them (if they are good open standards), or to clean up them (if they are fake standards intended to trap consumers and the market). The current hot list includes:

FFII Definitions and Classifications of Standards

From the point of view of the specification of the standard and its license to implement it. What varies is the openness or inclusiveness. Standards fall into different categories that varies depending of its openness and inclusiveness as shown in the following scale:


Additionally there exists the following legal categories of standards:


These definitions state clearly that:

  1. Open Standards are totally royalty-free and, mainly because that,

  2. Open Standards are different from RAND standards.

  1. Official definition of Open Standard issued by the European Interoperability Framework (EIF): the following are the minimal characteristics that a specification and its attendant documents must have in order to be considered an open standard: 1. The standard is adopted and will be maintained by a not-for-profit organization, and its ongoing development occurs on the basis of an open decision-making procedure available to all interested parties (consensus or majority decision etc.). 2.The standard has been published and the standard specification document is available either freely or at a nominal charge. It must be permissible to all to copy, distribute and use it for no fee or at a nominal fee. 3. The intellectual property - i.e. patents possibly present - of (parts of) the standard is made irrevocably available on a royalty-free basis. 4. There are no constraints on the re-use of the standard. (1)

openstandards (last edited 2012-05-05 17:52:56 by uhlmann)

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