"Adoption of open standards is vital to global economic growth and innovation"
As reported in Computerworld, The New York Times, and elsewhere, a report based in part on input from 13 different countries suggests, among other things, that open standards would improve responses to disasters such as last December's tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and states that government policies should "mandate technology choice, not software development models."
The report defines open standards, which it distinguishes from open source, based on six elements including the nature of its control, evolution, and availability, and explains how propriety software can exist within an open standards environment.
As Computerworld reports:
A road map aimed at guiding governments and companies in the development of open information and communication technologies was presented Friday at a World Bank meeting in New York by a group that included academics, government officials and industry representatives. The Open ePolicy Group contends that the adoption of open standards is vital to global economic growth and innovation.
So this is not just about economic growth and innovation. It's about survival.
Here's hoping we'll heed these lessons before the next major disaster strikes.
For more information, review and download the complete 33-page Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems.
Oh, and speaking of open standards, if you haven't yet done so, check out Bob Sutor's latest dW blog, Your move to SOA should be a move to open.