The restrictive approach of a new Congressional bill under review represents a retreat from existing law and could deprive consortia that develop important standards from the very protection it seeks to extend.
In order to learn what consortia are doing today and how they tell the world about it, we surveyed the websites of 159 consortia and categorized the information they released during a thirty day period ending on March 22. The results yield a snapshot of what consortia are doing, how they do it, which of them are most active – and some interesting differences in PR practice among various types of consortia.
What does the Rambus decision mean to you, as a standards process participant? As a standard-setting organization? What should an IPR Policy provide for, post-Rambus, in order to be upheld? Does this change the rules of the game, and if so, which ones? And more.
Can a standard setting consortium stay useful and relevant for ten years? In the case of OASIS, the answer is “yes” – but its founders would never recognize it now. Today, everything from its name to its structure has changed, on the way to becoming one of the important organizations in the global standard setting infrastructure.
What do Tim Berners-Lee, Director of W3C and David Schell, President of OpenGIS Consortium, have in common with billionaires Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Lou Gerstner and Scott McNealy? CIO Magazine put them all in the category of the 20 most influential individuals in enabling information technology revolution. In doing so, the CIO editors recognized the vital role that standards have come to play in society as well as technology.