Open Standard


Open Standard (or Open Specification) is a standard that is within the Public Domain and has various rights to use associated with it, and may also have various properties of how it was designed (e.g. open process).[1]

Open Standard is an Ambiguous term and has no single definition or interpretations without a provided context

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 the openness of the resulting specification, the openness of the drafting process, and the ownership of rights in the standard. The term "standard" is sometimes restricted technologies approved by a formalized Community 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 Government Entity.

On the standard organisation side, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) ensures that its specifications can be implemented on a royalty-free basis.

Some Open Standard, but NOT all, are Open Access standards

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