Opportunity to participate with open standards -- via RSS advisory board
This week the RSS Advisory Board voted to expand its membership to 15 members. As stated in an rssboard.org news item:
The board is an independent organization formed in 2003 that publishes the Really Simple Syndication specification, helps developers create RSS applications and works to broaden public understanding of the format.
A friendly shout out to Chairman Cadenhead, with whom I once played some D&D-like role-playing games when we were both seniors at Berkner High School. Guess we were both doomed to geekish careers...
Note that meanwhile, several dW and IBM techies have blogged about the benefits of Atom, an alternative to RSS.
One detail of this announcement did prompt a raised eyebrow: "This proposal revises the charter to expand the board and permit deliberations on new members to take place privately, rather than on the mailing list RSS-Board" (emphasis added). Hmmm. Do closed deliberations regarding new board members make the standard any less open? Food for thought.