[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Sign the Hague declaration
punk.kish at gmail.com
Wed May 14 16:59:11 EDT 2008
On 5/14/08, Michael P. Gerlek <mpg at lizardtech.com> wrote:
> I'm not looking to start a debate, but...
you just did, and a good one at that.
> >> We call on all governments to:
> >> 1. Procure only information technology that implements free and
> open standards;
> >> 2. Deliver e-government services based exclusively on free and open
> >> 3. Use only free and open digital standards in their own
> I'm certainly sympathetic to the desires this declaration seems to
> express, but this seems to go too far by using words like "only" and
indeed. As much as an open source advocate, proponent and practitioner
I have, I see little positive effect that this declaration would have.
In all likelihood, it would further brand us as zealots.
I thought "us" or "them" went out the window a few years ago when we
realized that working together is better.
"free and open digital standards" is all well and good but a
meaningless concept. Standard for what?
> There are undoubtedly cases where extant open standards are not as
> mature, stable, featureful, mission-safe, etc, as the relevant
> proprietary solutions, and so as a pragmatic matter governments must
> rely on the proprietary works in those cases.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
> > [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Chris Puttick
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 11:28 AM
> > To: discuss at lists.osgeo.org
> > Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Sign the Hague declaration
> > Hi all
> > A new group is being formed to promote open digital
> > standards, starting with a declaration regarding the
> > importance of digital standards being truly open:
> > http://www.digistan.org/hague-declaration:en
> > Please read it and sign if you agree. I'm sure most working
> > with spatial data would have encountered problems with the
> > core areas where standards are missing or not being supported
> > properly. Think GIS projects. Or CAD. I'm sure there are others...
> > Cheers
> > Chris
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