Architecture & Standards

The following are selected links to organizations and web sites focused on 'open' Information Technology (IT) architecture and standards, including several in the area of  religious information and data standards. These links will be of primary interest to developers creating new religious software tools & technology.
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of standards, norms, and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector – including information technology.
  • Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) -  - Providing access to the statistics and data on religion, including American and International data sets, for use by educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers.
  • Information Architecture Institute - A global organization supporting individuals and organizations specializing in the field of  Information Technology (IT) Architecture.
  • Object Management Group (OMG) - An international , 'open' computing industry consortium developing technology standardsthat provide real-world value to thousands of organizations around the world.
  • Open Group - A technology-neutral consortium, whose vision of Boundaryless Information Flow aims to enable access to integrated information to all based on open standards and global interoperability.
  • Open Grid Services Architecture - Helping to move towards a grid system architecture based on open grid services  and architectural principles.
  • Open Scripture Information Standard (OSIS) - Helping to provide a common format to facilitate production and distribution of the Bible and related materials.
  • Open Source Software Licenses - A list of approved open source licenses and their definition maintained by the Open Source Initiative.
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - An international community that develops standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.

IT Standards

Standards are necessary for interworking, portability, and reusability. They may be de facto standards for various communities, or officially recognised national or international standards. Examples of bodies concerned in one way or another with computing standards are IAB, ISO, ANSI, ECMA, IEEE, IETF, W3C.

Open Architecture

A system in which the architecture is published in sufficient detail to enable change and subsequent evolution through the introduction or replacement of modules and/or components from any supplier.

Selected Articles, Books, & Papers on IT Architecture & Standards 

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