Title: Addressing The Limitations Of Open Standards
Authors: Kelly, B., Guy, M. and Dunning, A.
Conference: Museums and the Web 2007
Kelly, B., Guy, M. and Dunning, A., 2007. Addressing The Limitations Of Open Standards. In: Museums and the Web 2007: Proceedings, 11-13 April 2007, San Francisco, USA. Toronto, Canada: Archives & Museum Informatics.
The co-authors of this paper are:
- Brian Kelly, UKOLN, University of Bath, UK. ORCID: 0000-0001-5875-8744
- Marieke Guy, UKOLN, University of Bath, UK. ORCID: 0000-0002-0382-8482
- Alastair Dunning, AHDS, UK. ORCID: 0000-0002-8344-4883
The importance of open standards in the development of widely accessible and interoperable services in the cultural heritage sector is generally accepted. It might, therefore, be reasonable to assume that use of open standards should be mandatory in the development of networked services. However experience has shown that the use of open standards is not always straightforward and that open standards do not always succeed in gaining acceptance in the market place. This should not, however, mean an abandonment of a commitment to seek to exploit the benefits of open standards. Rather there is a need to be honest about possible limitations and to ensure that there is sufficient flexibility within the approaches taken in development work to accommodate limitations and deficiencies. This paper outlines a contextual model for the selection and use of open standards, which was developed initially to support JISC’s development programmes within the UK higher and further education community. The paper provides background to this work and reviews the current status of the implementation of this approach. Finally it conclude by describing how this community-based approach to open standards can benefit from a wider acceptance of the contextual model and a collaborative approach to both using existing resources and support materials and in the maintenance and development of new resources.
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