Open Standards and Open Source: Either/or Both?

Open Standards and Open Source:  Either/or Both?
with Mark Collier and Chris Ferris

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For years, governments and customers have been insisting on open standards data formats, to ensure interoperability and re-use. Over the years, free & open source software (FOSS) has matured, from an occasional experiment to the dominant backbone of most Internet systems. These open, participatory development methods now are deeply embedded in the DNA of computing.  .  .

But are they complementary or competing? Some see them as different stages of evolution.  Is everything made out of code, today? Or is the relationship symbiotic? Many open source projects, like Mozilla. are built entirely upon open standards, like HTML, HTTP, JavaScript, etc. Many open standards, like OpenDocument, receive essential support from open source builds, like LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice. 

Join us as we speak with leading FOSS and standards experts on whether code has replaced formats, whether APIs have replaced standards, and what to make of all the new projects like OpenStack, OpenDaylight, OpenInterconnect and AllSeen. What is "open" going to mean in 2020? 




Mark Collier is particularly drawn to the power of disruptive technology, from a computer on every desk (the 90s, when working at Dell) to every song in your pocket (the 2000's, when working at Yahoo! Music) to on demand supercomputing (the 2010s, when working at Rackspace Cloud and started OpenStack, with many others).  In 2012, Mark helped start the OpenStack Foundation and accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer to see how much disrupting could be done in 2013 with the free and open source cloud platform.  Read more...

  Chris Ferris joined IBM in the summer of 2002. He is currently working as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Cloud Interoperability in IBM Software Group's Standards Strategy organization. Chris has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 33+ year career and has been actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. Read more...

  James Bryce Clark, General Counsel for OASIS, advises on legal and policy matters as well as the consortium's extensive liaison efforts. He is an expert adviser on automated contracting and Internet law for the U.S. State Department, and serves on standards interoperability and review boards for the European Commission,  the OECD, NSTIC and the Kantara Initiative.  Jamie holds JD and BSc degrees from the University of Minnesota. Read more...


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