[LINK] RFI: standards.org.au ?
r.hazeltine at uws.edu.au
Mon Mar 15 11:09:11 EST 2004
On Sun, 14 Mar 2004, Roger Clarke wrote:
> Does anyone now why Standards Australia still has a .org.au address?
> As I understand it, the organisation ceased to have the form of a
> mutual, or at least ceased to be a non-profit corporation, at the
> very latest when it listed on the ASX on 17 Dec 03.
> It's become a straightforward for-profit corporation, hans't it?
> I've looked on the organisation's several sites, but can't find
> anything that explains the corporate structure.
> If so, presumably it should relinquish its .org registration. What
> appears to be the relevant segment of AuDA rules is reproduced below.
> A related concern is why people would continue to provide their time
> gratis to standards-setting processes that enrich shareholders of the
> company ...
I was under the impression that it always worked to exclusive benefit its
shareholders (read members) and outsiders had to gear up to meet AAS
so-called guidelines and come into line with members. I'm surprised it's
taken this long to convert this philosophy to a monetary value.
It's going to be tough it they ever decide to licence the use of standards
covering country codes and similar mutually agreed abbreviations.
Robert Hazeltine Phone: +61(2) 9678-7621
Senior Analyst/Programmer Email: r.hazeltine at uws.edu.au
University of Western Sydney http://www.uws.edu.au/
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