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Several organizations, mainly universities, are offering different kinds of training regarding interoperability & standardization. Unfortunately no open material seems to be available.
This page shows an overview of courses available:

Free material:

The third education guideline of the APEC SCSC, a textbook for higher education, is available online.The objective of this third guideline, ‘Standardization: Fundamentals, Impacts, and Business Strategy’, is to provide a common reference textbook on standardization for the graduate program in higher education in the APEC region. The free PDF contains the following chapters, and although written specifically for the APEC region (Asia), this material is useful for other regions (like Europe) as well.

Part I. Fundamentals
Chapter 1 Definitions and Functions
Chapter 2 Lifecycles, Organizations, and Development Procedures
Chapter 3 Conformity Assessment

Chapter 4 Economic Impacts - Macro Perspective
Chapter 5 Economic Impacts - Micro Perspective
Chapter 6 Legal Impacts

Chapter 7 Standardization and Innovation
Chapter 8 Competitive Strategy
Chapter 9 Collaborative Strategy
Chapter 10 Two Case Studies of ICT Standard

Annex A. Nine Brief Cases: Standards Make a Real Difference
Annex B. The Role of the APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs)
Annex C. Sample Standard (ISO/IEC 27000)

2. Open University
The Free Technology Academy offers some very interesting courses, of which the material is freely downloadable. Unfortunately (for standards enthusiasts) the program is organised for free software. The first module of this program has the promising title:  "Module 1: The concepts of Free Software and Open Standards". However this is somewhat misleading because the module is not really covering open standards.

So in fact this is only interesting for gathering more knowledge on open source sofware, or free software:

Not free, proprietary material:

1. Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg:
"The aim of the project is to promote the European Standardization System by developing a curriculum for "Standardization in Companies and Markets" at the Asian partner institutions. The programme targets students of various existing Masters' programmes, and takes into account the special requirements of Asian countries." The most extensive course currently available, complete with e-learning resources. It focuses on all standards maintained by formal SDO's (not only IT standards).
Unfortunately there are costs involved in using the materials.

2. Rotterdam School of Management:
A course "International Standardisation" is organised by the Rotterdam School of Management:
"This course makes you familiar with international standardisation and will provide you with the tools to exert influence in the realisation of standards. You will learn to make choices about which standardisation projects your company should participate. After completing this course you will understand that meeting or not meeting certain standards can mean the difference between success and failure in business." It focuses on all standards maintained by formal SDO's (not only IT standards).

3. Delft University of Technology:
At Delft University a simulation game has been developed regarding the standard setting process: "Setting standards is a one day simulation of a standardization process. Participants acquire hands-on experience, a feeling for the political-economic stakes in standardization, gain insight in standards-related interests and strategies and experience the relevance of procedures in standards processes."

4. Interop V-lab:
The Interop V-lab consortium developed several materials to be used for courses on enterprise interoperability. It includes a lot of modules especially focussing on the architecture of interoperability. It is not specifically focused on standardization. Unfortunately the material is not freely available.