building social web standards

David Recordon
2009 W3C Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee Meeting
My background
“Open data is increasingly
important as services move
-Tim O’Reilly (OSCON )
Common characteristics
From individuals
to corporations
in many languages
Open Source
To participate and
Rapid at an
increasing pace
Community participation
there are hundreds of members per mailing list
Activity Streams microformats OAuth OpenID PubSubHubbub


What do they need to be successful?
Community need
Mentors and best practices
Free to participate
Infrastructure and tools
“Clean” and simple IPR policy
Governance and scope
What do they need to be successful?
Community need adhoc IETF OASIS WC
Mentors and best practices
Free to participate
Infrastructure and tools
“Clean” and simple IPR policy
Governance and scope
Maybe Maybe Yes Yes
Yes Yes 5l,l00+ 57,900+ * 3
Maybe Some Yes Yes
No No Depends Yes
Meritocracy Meritocracy Heavy Heavy
Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
The Open Web Foundation
we’re here to help
The Open Web Foundation is an independent non-profit
dedicated to the development and protection of open, non-
proprietary specifications for web technologies.
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Open Web Foundation
The Open Web Foundation is an attempt to create a home for community-driven specifications.
Following the open source model similar to the Apache Software Foundation, the foundation is
aimed at building a lightweight framework to help communities deal with the legal requirements
necessary to create successful and widely adopted specification.
The foundation is trying to break the trend of creating separate foundations for each specification,
coming out of the realization that we could come together and generalize our efforts. The details
regarding membership, governance, sponsorship, and intellectual property rights will be posted
for public review and feedback in the following weeks.
As we work out the fine details of the foundation, we invite and encourage individuals to come and
join the discussion. To ask questions please visit our Q&A page. You are also invited to join the
community and discuss ideas and specifications you would like to see developed within the

The Open Web Foundation is
Growing Our Ranks
The Open Web Foundation was conceived last
year to create a framework which helps
communities behind open web specifications
By David Recordon | Comments (0)
Announcing the Open Web
This morning at OSCON, David Recordon
announced the creation of the Open Web
Foundation. The Open Web Foundation is an…
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Open Web Foundation Agreement

Is understandable by non-lawyers

Written to be simple as possible

Allows derivative works (to support “version .”)

Creates freely implementable specifications
Open Web Foundation Agreement
1. Copyright Grant. I grant to you a perpetual (for the duration of the
applicable copyright), worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-
free, copyright license, without any obligation for accounting to me,
to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly
perform, sublicense, distribute, and implement the Specification to
the full extent of my copyright interest in the Specification.
2. Attribution. As a condition of the copyright grant, you must include an
attribution to the Specification in any derivative work you make
based on the Specification. That attribution must include, at
minimum, the Specification name and version number.
Open Web Foundation Agreement
Patent Non-Assert
1. The Promise. I, on behalf of myself and my successors in interest and
assigns, irrevocably promise not to assert my Necessary Claims
against you for your Implementation, subject to the following. This is
a personal promise directly from me to you, and you acknowledge as a
condition of benefiting from it that no rights from me are received
from suppliers, distributors, or otherwise in connection with this
promise. This promise also applies to your making, using, selling,
offering for sale, importing or distributing an implementation of any
subsequent derivative works incorporating the Specification 1) only
to the extent that it implements the Specification, and 2) so long as all
required portions of the Specification are implemented. This promise
does not extend to any portion of the derivative work that was not
included in the Specification.
Open Web Foundation Agreement
Patent Non-Assert Termination
1. As a Result of Claims by You. All rights, grants, and promises made by
me to you under this Agreement are terminated if you file, maintain,
or voluntarily participate in a lawsuit against me or any person or
entity asserting that its Implementation infringes your Necessary
Claims, unless that suit was in response to a corresponding suit first
brought against you.
2. As Result of Claims by a Related Entity. If a Related Entity of mine files,
maintains, or voluntarily participates in a lawsuit asserting that an
Implementation infringes its Necessary Claims, then I relinquish any
rights, grants, and promises I have received for the Specification from
other signatories of this Agreement, unless a) my promise to you was
terminated pursuant to section, or b) that suit was in response
to a corresponding suit first brought by you against the Related
Open Web Foundation Agreement
A fallback RAND-z patent license
1. Patent License Commitment. In addition to rights granted in 3.1, on
behalf of me and my successors in interest and assigns, I agree to
grant to you a no charge, royalty free license to my Necessary Claims
on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms solely for your
Social web standards
Web standards
that I’m paying attention to

Activity Streams





Portable Contacts API




They’re getting major adoption
Looking at Facebook today
Facebook the data is interconnected
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