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Monday, June 29 • 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Open Source - Killing Standards Organizations or Saving Them - Charles Eckel, Cisco Systems

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Open source communities move quickly, value running code, and docs are best effort at best. Standards move slowly, value precise specs, and negotiate compromises for broad alignment. Given these differences, why would open source communities fraternize with standards orgs? Standards orgs such as IETF and MEF realize they need to change to remain relevant. By embracing open source, standards orgs benefit from the speed and collaborative spirit of open source and get timely feedback on the clarity and correctness of standards as they evolve in parallel with running code. Open source communities gain users, address additional use cases, and gain the stability of standards to ease integration efforts and avoid forks. This session explores this evolution in standards orgs, highlights areas of mutual interest, and shares ideas on the benefit of closer collaboration.

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Charles Eckel

Principal Engineer, Global Technology Standards, Cisco Systems
Charles is a recognized champion of open source, standards, and interoperability. At Cisco, Charles is responsible for identifying and guiding open source efforts related to key standards initiatives. In addition to work in MEF, Charles is active in IETF, where he started and runs... Read More →



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