[Openstandaarden] OSB op Fosdem

wim.stubbe at b-rail.be wim.stubbe at b-rail.be
Mon Jan 19 15:52:00 CET 2004

Ik stel voor om een tekst/slides voor te bereiden op basis van volgende punten.
Momenteel laat ik dit wat rusten tot morgen. Wie iets wil toevoegen/aanpassen:
you know the drill ;-)

Dieter Van Uytvanck:
  Ik heb reeds ivm met softwarepatenten wat puntjes toegevoegd. Ik denk dat
  beide onderwerpen (open standaarden en softwarepatenten) tegelijk behandeld
  kunnen worden, maar dat hoeft niet natuurlijk.

Title: Importance of Open Standards
  Two main subjects during this speech
  * Open Standards
  * Software patents
What are Open Standards
  * Open specification
     free, online available specification that allows a fully functional
  * Free specification
     open, no restrictions (patents, licenses, ...)
  * Open Standard
     free, accepted by a standards organisation (preferably acknowledged by CEN)
Why use Open Standards
  * no vendor lock-in
  * interoperability
  * free implementation possible (FLOSS!)
  * information is not attached to a specific program (.doc - Word)
Long Term Goal
  * Government
  * Education
  * Workspace
How to achieve this goal
  * Lobbying at
     political parties,
     belangenorganisaties (zoals unizo, vbo, ...)
  * promote use of open standards where possible (home, workspace, school)
  * writing articles in local newspapers, magazines, ...

Software Patents
Why are they bad:
  * only good for big companies (patent portfolio's)
     creates monoculture
     risk for local software companies trough cross licensing
          (no real protection for small companies hence, risk of loss of local
     employment (werkgelegenheid))
  * impossible to make a free implementation
  * it's a hoax: copyright offers enough protection
  * blocks use of open (communication) standards
  * blocks competition
     openoffice users can't read ms-office format
  * most of the filed patents are owned by american and japanes companies
Some bad patents
  IPO0689133 : dialogs with tabs
  IPO394160: use of a progress bar
  IPO803105: almost any form of online sale
screenshot van pagina met veel overtredingen op patenten
Other references:
  * http://www.researchoninnovation.org/swpat.pdf

met vriendelijke groet,

Wim Stubbe


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