India Publishes Its Policy On Open Standards

Government of India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has published its policy on open standards for e-governance (pdf). It explicitly states that the Government will adopt Single and Royalty-Free Open Standard. Section 4.1 titled “Mandatory Characteristics” (of Open Standard) lists interesting points, like:

  • the standard should be adopted and maintained by a not-for-profit organization
  • the standard will have a technology-neutral specification

Read the entire policy. It is well thought out and quite solid in terms of specification, and like Michael Tiemann says, it is well balanced. I am keen to apply this policy to selection of standards, like ODF and OOXML. That will really tell us how it fares in the complex world of standards.

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