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Open Source, Open Standards, Open Minds

Open Source, Open Standards, Open Minds

Friday, April 15, 2016

9:00 am –3:00 pm

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

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Open Source, Open Standards, Open Minds Overview

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in partnership with American University and the George Washington University, convened a free event on Friday, April 15, 2016, at FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, DC, to explore open source and its impact on the standards community and beyond.

McCoy Smith, patent, intellectual property, and open source attorney at Intel, gave the keynote address. Three interactive panel sessions followed:

Industry Impact

Manufacturers and service providers are already being impacted by the co-mingling of open source and standards. Panelists described how open source is already influencing the direction of their products, systems, and services.

The Right Tool for the Job: Traditional Standards, Open Source, and Hybridization

Having heard how industry stakeholders are using traditional standards and open source, how does the broader standards development community satisfy industry requirements? For example, some standards developing organizations have already hybridized their work and are working effectively within both the traditional and open source environments. Panelists from these organizations shared their experiences with “hybridization” alongside perspectives from those who are working in a purely open source environment.

IPR Policies and the Business of Standardization

How have organizations’ IPR policies and business models been impacted by hybridization? Some standards developing organizations have free or low-cost membership, and charge for the end-product standards. Others charge a significant fee for membership and make the end-product standard available for free.


Over 140 individuals registered to attend this meeting, including those from standards developers, consortia, government, industry, business, consumer groups, and academia.

Venue and Accommodations

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 884-8279

Contact Information

Elizabeth Neiman
American National Standards Institute
Tel: 1.212.642.4911
Fax: 1.212.398.0023

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