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.