[fosscomm] Multiple standards [was DEADLINE [...]]

Pranesh Prakash pranesh at cis-india.org
Sat Jul 11 18:06:23 PDT 2009

On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 00:36, Sunil Abraham <sunil at cis-india.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 2009-07-11 at 22:08 +0530, Pranesh Prakash wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 21:38, narendra sisodiya
>> <narendra.sisodiya at gmail.com> wrote:
>> It isn't about which standards are chosen.  India hasn't gone down the
>> standard eGIF path where the standards themselves are specified.  It
>> has instead chosen to go in for a policy first and then do the
>> selection of standards separately.
> http://www.cots.nic.in/IFEGV2.4.pdf
> I think it is a parallel process.

Well, given the varying levels of domain specification (sometimes as
broad as "mobile access" and "graphics", and sometimes as specific as
"Data Transformation for conversion from XML schema format to another
format"), it is inevitable that multiple standards will have to
sometimes be specified.  For instance, under graphics, there would be
one standard for scalar graphics and a different one for vector, thus
leading to a situation where multiple standards may, legitimately,

A good thing is that the IFEG specifies that "In view of the fact that
Government data has to be preserved for a large duration, standards
for documents storage/archival must be based on the Policy framed by
the Govt. of India." and "Technical Standards to be considered for the
various domains of interoperability that cover interconnectivity, data
integration, government electronic services access and delivery
mechanisms and content creation and management will be based on the
Policy Framework on Open Standards of the Government of India."
Thereby, it puts the policy at a higher level than itself (as should
rightly be, but can't be taken for granted).

So, based at least on the second statement, is it fair to assume that
the IFEG will be revisted after the Policy is in place?

Pranesh Prakash
Programme Manager
Centre for Internet and Society
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