I am a big believer in open source, open standards, open everything. I noticed this from Digital Standards Organization:
What is an open standard? The Wikipedia page shows many definitions, which specify characteristics of a specification, or of the processes that produce it and make it available.
To understand why there is no single agreed definition, and to let us build a canonical definition, we can start with two observations:
1. The standardization process is driven by two conflicting economic motives. Established vendors see standards as a route to direct profits, while the market at large sees standards as a route to lower costs.
2. As the economic has become digital, governments – both as users and regulators – have become engaged in the conflict between these two interest groups.
Read more here: Digital Standards Organization – Free and Open Digital Standards
P.S. – I love using the letter “z” in words. I never get to use them in UK/Australian english. 🙂