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OpenChain @ OSS Europe – Creating Standards – From Writing a Spec to Obtaining ISO Status

By 2024-06-13News

Wednesday September 18, 2024 11:00 – 11:40 CEST

Happening in Room 0.14 (Level 0)

Part of the Standards & Specifications Forum

Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager, will deliver a talk on how to create open specifications and evolve them into formal international standards through ISO.


This talk will explain the process of going from a blank page to an ISO standard using OpenChain ISO/IEC 5230:2020 as a case study. It will explain how the OpenChain specification team came together, how they created the first iterations of what would become ISO/IEC 5230, and how they collaborated with Joint Development Foundation (JDF) to evolve from de-facto industry standard into formal international standard through the JTC-1 PAS Transposition Process. Attendees will learn how to frame, build and deploy their own specifications and standards, with a particular focus on the practical decisions required: should this be a specification, should it be an ISO standard and what do I need to do to make this happen?

About Shane Coughlan

Shane Coughlan is an expert in communication, security and business development. His professional accomplishments include spearheading the licensing team that elevated OIN into the largest patent non-aggression community in history and establishing the first global network for open source legal experts. He is a founder of both the first law journal and the first law book dedicated to open source. He currently leads the OpenChain Project and is a General Assembly Member of OpenForum Europe.

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