The Open Group Standards Process defines the procedures for key tasks
within The Open Group Standards development activities. The objectives
of having documented and observed procedures are:
To explain how The Open Group Standards Process operates
To record how complex tasks involving different groups may be executed
in an effective and repeatable manner
To ensure the quality of Open Group Standards deliverables
To ensure that The Open Group complies with legal constraints on
the operation of consortia
The Open Group Standards Process is founded on the following
Standards are developed in an open process.
Openness is a basic part of The Open Group raison d'être
(embedded in the name). The Open Group must be seen to be open.
Openness is a key part of the value proposition to members of The Open
Group. Our standards are competing in the market with vendor-specific
standards; the openness of the process that produces them is a key part
of the value of our standards to the market, and to the members who join
us in order to help develop them.
The process must not only be open, but seen to be open.
Openness implies effective communication with and between all
Openness should be applied throughout the standards development
process, not just in the final Company Review.
Openness implies that any member is eligible to participate in any
Forum, Work Group, or Project, and stand for election to any office
(e.g., Chair, Vice-Chair) of any such group of members, and stand for
election to represent the membership at the Governing Board, limited
only by entitlements associated with their membership type and status.
All standards published by The Open Group must be copyright of The
Standards are based upon the consensus of the parties involved.
Industry consensus is critical to the adoption of standards.
The objective is to reach stable decisions.
The standard is supported by a consensus of members of the Forum/Work
Decisions are not strongly opposed by a sufficient subset of the
members to cause them to be revisited.
Unanimity is not a requirement for consensus.
Silence is not interpreted as agreement.
Significant objections are taken into account, and responded to.
Name: Timely and Deterministic Process
Standards are developed using a deterministic process that delivers
standards in a predictable and timely manner.
There is a continuum of standards in any industry: de jure,
industry consensus, and vendor-specific or commercial. The Open Group
uses an industry consensus-based approach in developing standards. While
consensus standards cannot be produced as rapidly as those of a single
vendor, they do have to be produced at an acceptable pace to have value
in the market, and have to be substantially faster and more deterministic
in getting to market than de jure standards, which often have other
drivers underlying them, such as health, safety, or national interests.
Determinism is a means to the end of timeliness, not an end in itself.
The inability of many de jure standards efforts to deliver
effective standards in a timely manner means that we should distinguish
ourselves from those de jure bodies in the market.
We should be prepared for an activity to be stopped or re-constituted
if it does not reach consensus in a timely manner.
Name: Public Availability of Published Standards
Standards once published are made publicly available.
Standards only have value if they are widely adopted in the market.
A key part of the overall value proposition for Open Group members
is the widespread adoption of their deliverables.
Standards should be available to all (members and non-members).
The Open Group should publicize the fact that a standard is
Name: No Legal Impediment to Implementation or Adoption
There must be no legal impediment to implementation or adoption of
an Open Group Standard.
Legal impediments could prove to be a significant barrier to the
widespread adoption of the standard.
The Open Group must have copyright to the standard, and any patents
must be licensed by their owners on a royalty-free, reasonable and
Contributors must disclose relevant patents.
Material is kept confidential until published by The Open Group.
To protect member submissions and
the IPR of The Open Group
To promote open discussions
The participants must be under obligations of confidentiality.
Where information is shared throughout member companies, the
obligations apply to all individuals.
All documents in progress should be clearly marked.