Prologue (to Open)

2009 is going to be a big year with a lot of exciting things coming.

OAuth is going to be worked on at the IETF. Discovery is finally going to be specified and deployed using critical building blocks such as Link, Host-Meta, XRD, and LARD. The Open Web Foundation will publish a new license that will empower developers to author and use community specifications. Standards will be created in new and improved ways.

I would like to spend some time discussing the guiding principles of these objectives. We take too much for granted and ignore the fact that many of us in these communities are on conflicting paths and agendas. There is nothing wrong with that but it is important we understood the ways in which we differ.

In the next few blog posts I will define what Open means to me, explain what is the Equal Access Principal, discuss why OpenID is so significant to the future of the Open Web and why it is time for it to move aside, and I will outline a roadmap for how we should evolve the tools we have been focusing on into something completely different.