Open Standard

An open standard is a standard that is publicly available and has various rights to use associated with it, and may also have various properties of how it was designed (e.g. open process). There is no single definition and interpretations vary with usage.

The terms "open" and "standard" have a wide range of meanings associated with their usage. There are a number of definitions of open standards which emphasize different aspects of openness, including of the resulting specification, the openness of the drafting process, and the ownership of rights in the standard. The term "standard" is sometimes restricted to technologies approved by formalized committees that are open to participation by all interested parties and operate on a consensus basis.

The definitions of the term "open standard" used by academics, the European Union and some of its member governments or parliaments such as Denmark, France, and Spain preclude open standards requiring fees for use, as do the New Zealand, South African and the Venezuelan governments. On the standard organisation side, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) ensures that its specifications can be implemented on a royalty-free basis.

Many definitions of the term "standard" permit patent holders to impose "reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing" royalty fees and other licensing terms on implementers and/or users of the standard. For example, the rules for standards published by the major internationally recognized standards bodies such as the IETF, ISO, IEC, and ITU-T permit their standards to contain specifications whose implementation will require payment of patent licensing fees. Among these organizations, only the IETF and ITU-T explicitly refer to their standards as "open standards," while the others refer only to producing "standards." The IETF and ITU-T use definitions of "open standard" that allow "reasonable and non-discriminatory" patent licensing fee requirements.

The term "open standard" is sometimes coupled with "open source" with the idea that a standard is not truly open if it does not have a complete free/open source reference implementation available.

Open standards which specify formats are sometimes referred to as open formats.

Many specifications that are sometimes referred to as standards are proprietary and only available under restrictive contract terms (if they can be obtained at all) from the organization that owns the copyright on the specification. As such these specifications are not considered to be fully Open.

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... EU Commissioner Erkki Liikanen "Open standards are important to help create interoperable and affordable solutions for everybody ... and, ultimately, the consumer." (World Standards Day, 14 October 2003) Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Nokia's Board of Directors ".. ... Open standards and platforms create a foundation for success ...
Comparison Of Instant Messaging Protocols
... Yes 5 (simple) Yes Yes Yes Yes No IRC Jarkko Oikarinen 1988 Aug Open standard Nickname!Username@hostname (or "hostmask") e.g ... Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Mumble) Thorvald Natvig 1999 Jul Open standard ? Yes Yes Only for certified robots No Centralistic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No OSCAR ... No No ? No Centralistic None No ? ? No No SIP/SIMPLE IETF 2002 Dec Open standard user@hostname Yes Yes Yes Yes No Medium ? Yes Yes Yes No Steam ...
Comparison Of OpenGL And Direct3D - Availability
... The OpenGL API is an open standard, and implementations exist for a wide variety of platforms Desktop Support Embedded System Support License Direct3D ... OpenGL is an open standard API that provides a number of functions to render 2D and 3D graphics, and is available on most modern operating systems ...
British Rail Class 357 - Description - Class 357/0
... the door close button above and the door open button below, unlike in the 357/2 units ... The technical description of the formation is Driving Motor Open Standard A (DMOS-A)+Motor Standard Open (MSO)+Pantograph Trailer Open Standard ...

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