Standards Policy for Information Infrastructure

Standards Policy for Information Infrastructure

by Brian Kahin
     
 

ISBN-10: 026211206X

ISBN-13: 9780262112062

Pub. Date: 08/14/1995

Publisher: MIT Press

Although there are many competing visions of information infrastructure, there is universal agreement that standards will play a critical role. The history of OSI, the Internet, and industry consortia shows that standards development has become a rich, multifaceted process, critically linked to market strategy and major issues of public policy.

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Although there are many competing visions of information infrastructure, there is universal agreement that standards will play a critical role. The history of OSI, the Internet, and industry consortia shows that standards development has become a rich, multifaceted process, critically linked to market strategy and major issues of public policy.

The thirty-three contributions to this book present a comprehensive picture of the state of the art in standards development for information technology and the options for federal policy. The book includes both independent analysis and the perspectives of major stakeholders and other interested parties -- such as AT&T, the American National Standards Institute, the European Commission, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

A Publication of the Information Infrastructure Project at Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262112062
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/14/1995
Series:
Information Infrastructure Project at Harvard University
Pages:
667
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Standards Processes and Objectives for the National Information Infrastructure3
Standards: The Rough Road to the Common Byte35
A Five-Segment Model for Standardization79
Information Infrastructure Meta-Architecture and Cross-Industry Standardization100
Compatibility Standards and Interoperability: Lessons from the Internet121
Information Infrastructure Standards in Heterogeneous Sectors: Lessons from the Worldwide Air Cargo Community148
Open Systems Standards in Manufacturing: Implications for the National Information Infrastructure178
Standards Development for Information Technology: Best Practices for the United States198
Improving the Standardization Process: Working with Bulldogs and Turtles220
When Are Standards Too Much of a Good Thing? Will They Provide Interoperability for the National Information Infrastructure?253
The Government's Role in the HDTV Standards Process: Model or Aberration?276
Financing the Standards Development Process289
Consortia and the Role of the Government in Standard Setting321
Competing Definitions of "Openness" on the NII351
Arguments for Weaker Intellectual Property Protection in Network Industries368
Telecommunications Standardization and Intellectual Property Rights: A Fundamental Dilemma?378
Interoperability and Intellectual Property405
The Standards Development Process and the NII: A View From the Trenches410
The Current Debate on IT Standardization Policy in the European Union421
Excerpts from Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond430
Multimedia Standards Development Issues440
Intellectual Property Rights and High Technology Standards450
Information Technology Standardization and Users: International Challenges Move the Process Forward455
The Global Standards Process: A Balance of the Old and the New466
Standards and the Information Infrastructure487
Standards for the Information Infrastructure: Barriers and Obstacles502
The Role of ANSI in Standards Development for the Information Infrastructure516
The Role of Standards in the Defense Information Infrastructure531
Standardization and Conformity Assessment in Telecommunications and Information Technology556
Do We Need a New Standards System?564
Defining the U.S. Telecommunications Network of the Future579
Today's Cooperative Competitive Standards Environment and the Internet Standards-Making Model594
Interoperability and Standards in the NII: The Infrastructure's "Infrastructure"601
OMG: Building Industry Consensus610
Glossary of Acronyms617
Contributors625
Index631

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