- ASTM E57.04 is debating the type of open source license that we should adopt.
- One will require that all work be shared, the other will not.
- One concern is that by not sharing there will be a number of versions of the format.
The ASTM E57.04 Data Interoperability subcommittee which I chair, and which is making great progress on a standard format is debating what type of open source license we should adopt. Basically the major issue is whether to require users of the open source libraries to have to share/return the code that they develop with the group, or whether they can make it proprietary.
One of the key concerns is interoperability. If the commercial interest code is not returned to the group, then it is more likely that there will be a number of “versions” of the format, which we all have had to deal with in handling data and operating systems. On the other hand the commercial interests are going to be less likely to develop innovative technology if they have to expose it to the community.
It’s a tough issue. Your thoughts?