[LINK] Australian standards blocked from open access

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Jul 9 11:21:25 AEST 2009

Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 09:12 AM 8/07/2009, Tom Worthington wrote:
>> The agreement between SA and SAI Global seems to preclude open access
>> to standards, even where those standards were made by an independent
>> body and then put through the SA process. I will therefore be
>> declining to take part in any standards making through Standards
>> Australia. I recommend that my colleagues in the ICT industry also
>> consider withdrawing support for SA processes, due to the detrimental
>> effect this closed process will have on the Australian ICT industry.
> Here here. I did this personally about 5 years ago when I asked for a 
> copy of the standard for which I had contributed. I was appalled when 
> I was turned down and let them know it. "Free" consulting was just 
> not on my plate if I couldn't even see the result.

One of the problems is also communication between committees and integration of
standards.  The game of trying to make committee members buy standards is
amusing, I think the situation with access to standards by committee members has
changed - or at least it did briefly.
> I fully support this position of withdrawing participation and being 
> vocal about it, particularly from professional associations.

This is all very well...but if the associations continue to be
"Members" of Standards Australia (and nominate representatives)
then it becomes a farce!

Ofcourse, facilitating the drafting and adoption of standards is not a
trivial task and it is why I am excited about the work Kate and Pia are
doing with the public sphere wiki in particular.

This contrasts with the approach W3c takes of having an editor see,
but be warned, this is a large HTML webpage:

Marghanita da Cruz
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