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LF Research publishes actionable and decision-useful insights into open source software, hardware, standards, and data based on empirical research methodologies. Through leveraging community networks, project databases, surveys, and qualitative findings, and through its commitment to best practices in primary research, Linux Foundation Research is the definitive home for data-driven insights into open source for the benefit of governments, enterprises, and society at large.

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The 2023 State of Open Standards

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Standards are a part of the fabric of our technical systems and have important influence over decision-making and innovation. To better understand how these standards come to be, the Linux Foundation set out to research the practices currently used to develop and adopt standards in the information and computing technology sector.
This report synthesizes findings from a survey that asked LF and survey partner communities about their involvement in standards, the value of and growth in standards, and what challenges they have experienced in this practice. Overall, we found that our respondents prefer open standards over closed, that they see significant organizational value in using open standards, and that there are important challenges to consider when adopting standards.
Author: Jory Burson, The Linux Foundation
With a foreword by Dr. Jochen Friedrich, IBM
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