[fosscom] Sun's position on e-Governance Standards Policy

Jaijit Bhattacharya jaijit at dms.iitd.ac.in
Sun Jul 5 04:08:16 PDT 2009


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Vinnie,

Sun Microsystems feels that the Draft Standards Policy has been very  well
framed and will encourage innovation while ensuring a
technologically and financially sustainable e-governance rollout.

Specifically, we fully support the preference for a Single standard for  a
single technology area and preference for Royalty free standards. This 
will ensure also ensure sustained interoperability as technically it 
becomes exponentially more complex to maintain interoperability when 
there are multiple standards.

In addition, the concept of multiple standards is an oxymoron as by 
definition, a standard is a single standard otherwise we need not have 
standards. A logical query to the concept of multiple standards would be 
how many multiple standards should there be. Should there be infinite 
multiple standards ? In which case, we need not have a policy on
standards at all.

Please find attached a paper on

Insofar as Royalty free standard is concerned, the policy clearly 
indicates that in case a Royalty free standard is not available, as a 
next choise, RAND should be considered. It is definitely not in the 
nation's interest to have an Unreasonable And Discriminatory royalty 
regime. This is even more pertinent in the context of the fact that  China
is amending its IPR policy to ensure compulsory licensing of IPR  under
F/RAND principle.

Innovative standards can be experimented by Bureau of Indian Standards 
and they need not be referred to the e-Governance Standards Policy
document.

Sun Microsystems would however like the document to be modified to  remove
the section on having multiple standards when the second proposed 
standard is completely compatible with the existing standard and has  some
new features. This is on the grounds that if the second standard is 
completely compatible with the first standard and has some extra
features, then it is actually a superset of the previous standard and 
should therefore completely replace the previous standard.
Mathematically, if two standards are fully compatible both ways, then 
they are the same standard. Under NO circumstances should we have more 
than one standard at any point in time. This would be detrimental to the 
applications developed under e-Governance.

In addition, if the first standard is a truly open standard that has  been
developed participatively, then automatically it should grow to 
incorporate all the reasonable requirements of the community and will 
therefore automatically incorporate any new feature that is required. 
There is no known case till now where an Open Standard had to be
replaced by another Open Standard for exactly the same technical area.

Overall, we feel that the draft policy is visionary in nature and has 
appropriately given the highest preference to having a Single Royalty 
Free standard for each technical area. This would go a long way in  having
a sustainable e-governance solution.

Thanks and regards
Jaijit

Vinnie Mehta wrote:
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> Vinnie Mehta
> Executive Director
> Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT)
> PHD House, 4th Floor, Opp. Asian Games Village
> New Delhi - 110 016, India
> Ph: +91-11-26855487/26854284/26866976
> Fax: +91-11-26851321
> Website: http://www.mait.com
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>> *From: *Vinnie Mehta <vinnie at mait.com <mailto:vinnie at mait.com>> *Date:
*30 June 2009 5:34:41 PM GMT+05:30
>> *To: *Jaijit <jaijit.bhattacharya at sun.com
>> <mailto:jaijit.bhattacharya at sun.com>>
>> *Subject: **Urgent Inputs: e-gov standards*
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>> Dear Jaijit,
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>> As you are aware, MAIT is a part of the apex committee of
>> the Department of IT for Standards for e-Governance.
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>> 1. Please find attached a copy of the draft policy in this regards.
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>> 2. The DIT has received considerable feedback from the industry on  the
standards.
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>> 3. At the meeting of the apex committee on June 17, 2009 in New  Delhi,
the following  two major issues issues arising out of industry 
feedback were flagged:
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>> a. Multiple vs Single standards - MAIT has taken a stand that the 
Govt. should allow for multiplicity in standards subject to their 
being backward and forward complaint and interoperable. (Our stand in 
this case has been a fall out of the earlier debate on OXML vs ODF.) 
As you would observe from the revised draft that the Govt. has 
significantly relaxed its stand and is now considering to allow for 
multiplicity of standards at the application level and not at the 
interface level.
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>> b. Royalty Free Standard - While the Govt. policy draft advocates 
Royalty free standards,  concern has been expressed by some sections 
of the industry that this could have serious adverse impact on IP and 
related commercial issues. Opting for RAND (Reasonable and
>> Non-Discriminatory) is a more practical approach. MAIT is yet to firm 
its stand on this issue.
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>> I am writing to you to request you for your inputs  for the following:
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>> 1. The Govt now advocating single standard only at the interface  level
- how does this impact the industry, is this an acceptable  compromise?
>>
>> 2. What should be the MAIT stand on Royalty free standards? Should it 
advocate RAND.
>>
>> Do kindly let me have your inputs by July 05, 2009. We need to get 
back to the DIT with a consolidated response by July 06, 2009.
>>
>> Do kindly treat this as urgent.
>> Vinnie Mehta
>> Executive Director
>> Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT)
>> PHD House, 4th Floor, Opp. Asian Games Village
>> New Delhi - 110 016, India
>> Ph: +91-11-26855487/26854284/26866976
>> Fax: +91-11-26851321
>> Website: http://www.mait.com <http://www.mait.com/>
>>
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Sun Microsystems <http://www.sun.com> 	Jaijit Bhattacharya, PhD
Country Director, Government Strategy
Asia South and India
Sun Microsystems India Pvt. Ltd.
The Capital Court, Olof Palme Marg,
5th Floor, R Wing, Munirka
New Delhi - 110 067
Direct:    (91)  11 4219 1089
Board: (91) 11 4219 1100
Fax:     (91) 11 2616 0928


-- 
Sun Microsystems <http://www.sun.com> 	Jaijit Bhattacharya, PhD
Country Director, Government Strategy
Asia South and India
Sun Microsystems India Pvt. Ltd.
The Capital Court, Olof Palme Marg,
5th Floor, R Wing, Munirka
New Delhi - 110 067
Direct:    (91)  11 4219 1089
Board: (91) 11 4219 1100
Fax:     (91) 11 2616 0928

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