OSC joins Information Standards Board for Education, Skills and Children’s Services
All part of our commitment to open standards
We've just been invited to participate in the standards work of the Department for Education. It's all part of the required level of commitment to standards development that doesn't seem to be fully understood at the centre of government.
This work isn't exciting, is voluntary effort and is essential. It certainly requires more ongoing commitment than a couple of meetings with policy lightweights.
For example, among other work, we've been members of BSI Committee IST/41 Document description and processing language since September 2009.
The committee deals with document standards, ultimately on behalf of the UK govt, most notably IS 26300 ("ODF") and IS 29500 ("Open XML"). The membership list is there to be read and one group that you won't see there is Intellect, all the more interesting because they've been off talking to Cabinet Office exposing how little depth of knowledge there is there based on this Liam Maxwell quote:
the [newly proposed] consultation was intended to reach a broader constituency than he had reached through trade association Intellect informally since taking his post in September
Open XML stretches to 5,000 pages so opinions on that don't come lightly. The Business Software Alliance do not sit on the BSI committee either.