The Dutch government's ICT governance organisation Logius is organising a workshop on how to manage and develop open standards. Logius will be presenting its Bomos2i best-practice and is inviting European public administrations, standard specialists and other interested parties. The meeting will take place at the office of the European Commission's ISA programme in Brussels, on 14 June.
Their best-practice can assist public administrations and others in managing and improving standards. It deals with organising future versions and the way to maintain it. To help disseminate the Dutch ICT governance group's expertise, the Bomos2i guide was recently translated into English. Assisting in the effort, the EC's ISA Programme helped Logius by setting up a project community on its Joinup web site.
In the introduction of their Bomos2i guide, Logius warns that "a standard that is not managed is not a standard". It notices how many will waste away, as soon as the funds for its development run out. That is why two of Logius' main recommendations are the arranging of structural funding and the creation of a not-for-profit organisation.
Their guide provides a model for such an organisation. It should offer support for implementation of the standard and network with users and with organisations involved in standard setting. Bomos2i also lists the basic requirements to ensure openness of the standard and its development. Examples include open meetings, consensus, open intellectual property rights and open documents.
The meeting on the 14 June is open to all that are interested in the developing and applicability of such guidelines. It will take place in the office of the ISA programme, Rue Montoyer 34, in Brussels. The workshop agenda is available below.