Open standards

Jay P. Kesan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


“Open standards” is a fluid term encompassing those standards which are available to be employed to develop multiple implementations compatible with the standard. No single definition can encompass what makes up an open standard, although there are many consistencies between experts, scholars, and lawmakers in their attempts to define the term. The main reasons behind governments adopting open standards are to reduce costs by preventing vendor lock-in and promoting interoperability between different implementations and technologies. However, achieving interoperability between multiple independent implementations that are compliant with a particular standard remains a significant challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Further Intersections of Public and Private Law
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781316416785
ISBN (Print)9781107129719
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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