!(Openness) && Standards Australia


!(Openness) && Standards Australia

Tom Worthington reports on an arbitration between Standards Australia and SAI Global over an agreement entered into in 2003.  The results of that arbitration are apparently that “Standards Australia must not permit or knowingly allow SDOs [Standards Development Organisations] to develop Australian Standards without securing for SAI Global exclusive rights to publish, distribute, market and sell those Australian Standards.”   And, of course, if you want a standard to become an Australian Standard you need Standards Australia’s accreditation.   I’m sure you can see where this is heading…

Subject to SAI Global granting an open licence over a standard, it seems that the set of standards accredited as an Australian Standard and the set of open standards will be empty.

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