Who sets standards? & Who has the right to demand them? LO29130

From: Chris Macrae (wcbn007@easynet.co.uk)
Date: 09/06/02

Replying to LO29110 --

Mark, you are totally right in spirit and I was wrong and I apologise. I
have this week come across (imo) a far worse example of someone in America
who seems to be claiming to have major standards authorities' blessing to
standardise the whole of Knowledge Management - I naiively didn't realise
that such would-be rulers of the world could lurk here , there and

Equally the world needs some open standard frameworks for people to
examine and decide whether they do what their system designer sought.
Being a mathematician I believe people have the right to propose open
standards where they have deep system expertise, and indeed found master
communities of practice around this, using the viral medium of the net and
the urgent demand if their mathematical franework is good enough. In a
sense mathematicians have always been standards proposers (its what we
strive to do; and of course I am a frustrated one because there's some
very important things to standardise more transparently including many
areas of systems which don't have the viral popularity we need- if they
did going to war would usually be seen to be less that a systemic solution
- I have tried to edit an article on that with my 80 year old Economist
father - perhaps a failure but you can see it as the first feature at
www.valuetrue.com for the next week)

cheers, chris wcbn007@easynet.co.uk

----- Original Message -----
>From: "Mark W. McElroy" <mmcelroy@vermontel.net>
> Chris:
> I see. My questions to Alan (still unanswered) were driven by the fact
> that what I found when I went to the site he encouraged us all to visit
> was what appears to be a private firm operating under the halo effect of
> the word "Standards" in its name. I could be wrong, of course, hence my
> inquiry to him. In any case I, like you, am leery of self-annointed
> groups that claim to be developing standards of behalf others, and so I
> naturally tend to inquire about them. Personally, I happen to think that
> standards in KM right now, in particular, are grossly premature.

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