This is an interesting presentation and I am following this space with some interest. The issues addressed are important but do we need yet another such body? Seems very ‘west coast’ again. The companies which they claim work with the open web are also strange – BBC (funded by the British taxpayer), Facebook(open API but not interoperable API), Plaxo(dubious record on spamming individuals at least in it’s early days), six apart is included but not wordpress(a better product and a more open/free architecture in my view – although I use Movable Type for my blog – if I had a choice again, I would go wordpress)
There appears to be a focus on individuals but the individuals mentioned seem very US/west coast centric
Companies like Opera software (long a bearer of the web standards) is missing
So, how does such a group get created? and what gives them the authority to police/standardise the Open Web(and the definition of which is not very clear to me in this presentation)
To reiterate, I do believe that there is a key issue here .. and I have pointed this in previous blogs(Open source or open standards – co-operating or competing) i.e. the standardization process – although with worthy goals – has some drawbacks.
In my view, we need LITE standards and a simpler process(like microformats) and not ‘One organization to rule them all’ as the OpenWeb foundation appears to be!
Seek comments on this – more blogs coming soon. Responses slower since travelling