The speed at which open source projects can move from the creation phase to being recognized by industry as a de facto open standard is impressive. However, many governments and some industries have strict requirements for technology that adheres to more formal — de jure — standards, ratified or developed by international governing bodies like ISO, IEC, or ITU.
The process for developing those standards has traditionally been a slow, painful process. I know this from personal experience! It can sometimes take 3-5 years from concept to market relevance to deliver on the promise of interoperability or portability.
A couple years back, a conversation between myself and Laurent Liscia, Exec Director of OASIS, planted the seed for a new OASIS initiative, supported by IBM, called Open Projects. OASIS Open Projects seeks to combine the innovation and agility of open source development with the governance of open standards development to simplify and speed the process of creating de jure standards for open source projects. With Open Projects, communities can develop what they choose–APIs, code, specifications, reference implementations, guidelines– in one place, under open source licenses and processes, with a clear path to having the project recognized as a de jure standard in global policy and procurement.
To kick off this new initiative, OASIS is launching the first two Open Projects:
- Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) project: A suite of standard REST APIs to connect data and achieve a digital thread across domains, applications, and organizations.
- OpenDocumenat Format (ODF) Advocacy project: Promotes the world’s leading document standard, ODF.
Check out the press release for more information about this initiative.
IBM’s perspective on Open Projects
IBM is open at its core and with so many clients and employees spread throughout the world, we see this initiative as a leap forward for global open source project adoption.
We think it’s important that key de facto software standards such as Kubernetes, Hyperledger Fabric, and OCI (Open Container Initiative) specifications be ratified as open standards that can be recognized by governments. Open Projects should enable that to happen faster, so we’re excited to be a part of this new initiative.
As a member of the Advisory Council, I’m excited to join of some of the most accomplished and highly regarded minds in open source today as we work together to help make open source more broadly accessible and accepted throughout the world.