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Standards are Great, but Standardisation is a Really Bad Idea
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| by Paul Downey Follow 0 Followers on Dec 12, 2009 | NOTICE: The next QCon is in San Francisco Nov 5 - 9, 2018. Save an extra $100 with INFOQSF18!

Paul Downey discusses the risks of premature standardisation, unnatural constraints, partial implementations and open extensions, how to avoid cloud computing lock-in, formal activities versus lightweight open processes as exemplified by open source, Microformats, OpenID, OAuth and other Web conventions being ratified through open, lightweight, continuous agreement.

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Paul is a member of Osmosoft, a team of Open Source innovators at BT, where he acts as an advocate of Web Architecture as well as contributing to the TiddlyWiki project. Previously, Paul was BT's Chief Web Services Architect, Chaired the W3C XML Schema Patterns for Databinding Working Group as well as representing BT at various organisations including OASIS and the WS-I.

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