Open and Shut (Anything But)

Jamie Hyman 2017

As I was researching my article about the politics of developing and accrediting identifiers, I realized that sources were describing various standards as “open” or “not open,” but I did not understand what open meant, in that context. 

So I did what any good journalist does, and asked a standards expert to define it for me. Imagine my surprise to learn that in an industry segment  obsessed with precise definitions, there does not exist a definition for the word “open.” 

It turns out that

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