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Preliminary Agenda Announced for 2007 Open Forum for Standards Developers June 20, 2007

New York, May 02, 2007

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has issued a preliminary agenda for the 2007 Open Forum for Standards Developers: Global Standard Setting, an Interactive Discussion, to be held June 20, 2007, in Boston, MA.

Hosted at Gesmer Updegrove LLP, the forum will bring together ANSI-accredited standards developers with consortia and other fora for the purpose of identifying opportunities for communication, cooperation, and collaboration.

The event is the third in a series of ANSI-sponsored forums to foster open exchange between and among the various types of standards-setting organizations (SSOs). The event builds on collaborative dialogue initiated at the March 2005 consortia sector caucus and continued at the 2006 Open Forum in New York City.

The program has been designed to be highly interactive, and will feature brief panel presentations analyzing problems faced by all types of SSOs, followed by lengthier facilitated discussions involving all attendees.

“This event is intended as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and input among stakeholders across the standardization community,” said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and chief executive officer.

The first panel of the day will examine the impact of intellectual property rights (IPR) issues on the standards-setting landscape, with particular focus given to ex ante disclosure of terms. The second panel will provide a solution-focused discussion on best practices and the business challenges facing SSOs of all sizes. Speakers will discuss their respective approaches to growing their organization, encouraging member participation, promoting work products, and containing costs. The third panel will take a look at new trends towards convergence in standards-setting activities, from consortia use of the PAS process and “metastandards” to international policy harmonization.

A final discussion period will explore ways in which consortia and accredited organizations can engage more frequently and productively to address matters of common interest.

Visit the event webpage for more details on the program and registration information. There is no fee to attend; however, advance registration is required.

The event is being organized by the Consortium Outreach Group, a committee of the Board Ad Hoc Group on Extended Outreach that is working to promote collaborative opportunities between consortia and traditional standards developers.

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