Presentation: "Who Needs Standards in an Open Source World?"

Time: Monday 13:20 - 14:10

Location: Musikhuset C 103

Abstract: Standards make the world go round. It would be impossible to mail a package or send an email message, drive a car or take an airplane trip, shop for food in a supermarket, obtain medical treatment in a hospital, watch TV or movies, enjoy a sports game, or do any of the other things the modern world offers without standards. The Java platform is built on standards, and its success is directly attributable to the community-driven process through which the language and platform evolve: the Java Community Process JCP program. The acceptance and success of Open Source development methodologies pose both a challenge and an opportunity for the JCP program. Are standards necessary in an Open Source world?
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Patrick Curran, JCP

 Patrick  Curran

Patrick Curran is Chair of the JCP. In this role he oversees the activities of the JCP Program Office including driving the process, managing its membership, guiding specification leads and experts through the process, leading the Executive Committee meetings, and managing the web site. Patrick has worked in the software industry for more than 20 years and at Sun for 15 years. He has a long-standing record in conformance testing, and most recently led the Java Conformance Engineering team in Sun's Client Software Group. He was also chair of Sun's Conformance Council, which is responsible for defining Sun's policies and strategies around Java conformance and compatibility.

Patrick has participated actively in several consortia and communities including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (member of the W3C's Quality Assurance Working Group, co-chair of the W3C Quality Assurance Interest Group), and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)(co-chair of the OASIS Test Assertions Guidelines Technical Committee). Patrick maintains a blog here