November 24, 2021

From Development to Adoption: Lessons from Three Open Standards

by OpenNorth

What is an Open Data Standard and how to make the best use of it?

Through extensive documentation research of public and internal resources, and interview data from two lead standard developers at OpenNorth – Stéphane Guidoin (Open511) and James McKinney (Popolo, Represent), the report outlines the challenges faced in the standards development process and the recommendations for those in the open data community wishing to undertake their own data standard development.

Main Observations:

  • Collaboration does not guarantee accurate use case (or persona) generation, particularly if potential adopters are not engaged;
  • Who collaborates matters – domain experts and IT experts have different skill and knowledge sets;
  • Soft...

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