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Characteristic of a product or system to work with other products or systems.

Interoperability: playing the two role network game, when one of the player clients (top left) runs under Sun Microsystems and another under GNU Classpath with JamVM. The applications execute the same bytecode and interoperate using the standard RMI-IIOP messages for communication

Interoperability may be developed post-facto, as a special measure between two products, while excluding the rest, by using open standards.


Markup language and file format for storing, transmitting, and reconstructing arbitrary data.

The World Wide Web Consortium's XML 1.0 Specification of 1998 and several other related specifications —all of them free open standards—define XML.

Open file format

File format for storing digital data, defined by a openly published specification usually maintained by a standards organization, and which can be used and implemented by anyone.

Various types of data which can be visualized through a computer device

The range of meanings is similar to that of the term open standard.


Royalty-free (RF) material subject to copyright or other intellectual property rights may be used without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use, per each copy or volume sold or some time period of use or sales.

European output of books before the advent of copyright, 6th century to 18th century. Blue shows printed books. Log-lin plot; a straight line therefore shows an exponential increase.

Most open standards are royalty-free, and many proprietary standards are royalty-free as well.

OASIS (organization)

OASIS Burlington office
OASIS Burlington office building

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS; ) is a nonprofit consortium that works on the development, convergence, and adoption of open standards for cybersecurity, blockchain, Internet of things (IoT), emergency management, cloud computing, legal data exchange, energy, content technologies, and other areas.

Scalable Vector Graphics

XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation.

This image illustrates the difference between bitmap and vector images. The bitmap image is composed of a fixed set of pixels, while the vector image is composed of a fixed set of shapes. In the picture, scaling the bitmap reveals the pixels while scaling the vector image preserves the shapes.

The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999.

Synchronous dynamic random-access memory

Any DRAM where the operation of its external pin interface is coordinated by an externally supplied clock signal.

SDRAM memory module
DIMM: 168 pins and two notches
SDRAM memory module, zoomed
The 64 MB of sound memory on the Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatality Pro sound card is built from two Micron 48LC32M8A2 SDRAM chips. They run at 133 MHz (7.5 ns clock period) and have 8-bit wide data buses.

Today, virtually all SDRAM is manufactured in compliance with standards established by JEDEC, an electronics industry association that adopts open standards to facilitate interoperability of electronic components.

Reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing

Intellectual property right (usually a patent) that is, or may become, essential to practice a technical standard.

Graphic representation of formulae for the pitches of threads of screw bolts

Compensation is adequate if it provides the licensor with the incentive to continue investing and contributing to the standard in future time periods.


File format developed by Adobe in 1992 to present documents, including text formatting and images, in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.

PDF was a proprietary format controlled by Adobe until it was released as an open standard on July 1, 2008, and published by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO 32000-1:2008, at which time control of the specification passed to an ISO Committee of volunteer industry experts.

Standards organization

Organization whose primary function is developing, coordinating, promulgating, revising, amending, reissuing, interpreting, or otherwise contributing to the usefulness of technical standards to those who employ them.

Graphic representation of formulae for the pitches of threads of screw bolts
Memorial plaque of founding ISA in Prague
The British Standards Institution building as it appeared in 1997
Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas building, as seen in 2014

Among them are the, an Apache Software Foundation-sponsored international community of volunteers working on an open-standard software that aims to compete with Microsoft Office, and two commercial groups competing fiercely with each other to develop an industry-wide standard for high-density optical storage.