Just like standardisation and innovation have long been considered as almost mutually exclusive, so have been Open Source Software (OSS) and Standardisation. This former view has long since changed, the latter is about to change as well. This is not such a big surprise; after all, a common OS-implementation of a standard would be a great step forward towards interoperability. Moreover, just like standardisation OSS-development may be considered a platform for technology and knowledge transfer. Indeed, a certain paradigm shift may be observed, from ‘specification-first’ to ‘parallel’ and it looks like the two communities are in a very early stage of merging, at least selectively; stakeholders clearly overlap at both the corporate and the individual level. However, a clear interface between the two communities and processes is still missing and mechanisms for formal co-operation have rarely been implemented. Moreover, IPR issues remain a potential source of conflicts, as do the different forms of governance. And policy makers still need to fully endorse – and perhaps even enforce – OSS, especially in public procurement.
Against this background, EURAS 2022 solicits papers on the above theme. However, papers on other standardisation topics will also be considered. Sample topics include, but are not limited to:
Special Themes: OSS and Standardisation