Addressing The Limitations Of Open Standards

B Kelly, M Guy, A Dunning

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The importance of open standards in the development of widely accessible and interoperable services in the cultural heritage sector is generally accepted. It might, therefore, be reasonable to assume that use of open standards should be mandatory in the development of networked services. However experience has shown that the use of open standards is not always straightforward and that open standards do not always succeed in gaining acceptance in the market place. This should not, however, mean an abandonment of a commitment to seek to exploit the benefits of open standards. Rather there is a need to be honest about possible limitations and to ensure that there is sufficient flexibility within the approaches taken in development work to accommodate limitations and deficiencies. This paper outlines a contextual model for the selection and use of open standards, which was developed initially to support JISC's development programmes within the UK higher and further education community. The paper provides background to this work and reviews the current status of the implementation of this approach. Finally it conclude by describing how this community-based approach to open standards can benefit from a wider acceptance of the contextual model and a collaborative approach to both using existing resources and support materials and in the maintenance and development of new resources.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2007
EventMuseums and the Web 2007: Proceedings - San Francisco, USA United States
Duration: 11 Apr 200713 Apr 2007


ConferenceMuseums and the Web 2007: Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CitySan Francisco


  • Policies
  • Open standards
  • Digital library


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