Title:Addressing the Limitations of Open Standards
Authors:Brian Kelly, Alastair Dunning, Marieke Guy
Publication:MW2007: Museums and the Web 2007

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 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, developed initially to support JISC