The Internet is based on open data, based on open standards and open specifications to enable conversations.
For the web, the conversation has turned from open source to the data and markup behind it. Data is becoming as important as source. An open web needs open data coming from open specifications. Three major specifications have been created, all from different backgrounds – OpenID, OAuth, and OpenSocial. They share a lot of the same goals and views, but have been created ad hoc with no overarching community that transcends the projects.
David Recordon announces the start of the Open Web Foundation. Modeled after the Apache Software Foundation, the Open Web Foundation’s goal is to do for specifications what open source has done in its arena, building open community for incubation, licensing, copyright. Impressive support for the Open Web Foundation has come from companies such as Yahoo, Facebook, Plaxo and many more who want to continue to build the web on open standards.