I presented a few slides about Wikipedia and I added a slide about my view on standards. After this introduction there were two themes.
- How does Wikipedia work and, how does it finance itself
- How can the Wiki way be applied to the development of standards
When you consider developping standards by a community, you change the role of the standards organisation. From a full participant, it changes to the role of a process manager. This means that it guarantees the quality of what is delivered but is not so much involved in the content itself. This change in role, removes the argument why the NEN is not in the business of the certification of the implementation of standards. The argument is that there is a conflict of interest when you both define standards and get paid for assessing these same standards.
When a standards organisation is involved in standard development as a process manager and one who validates and certificates the implementation of standards, there is no longer such a conflict of interest.
The question then becomes what standards would a community wants to develop. I am sure that there are plenty of domains where the expertise of developing standards would be welcomed because standards make things measurable, more concrete.