MapR, one of the best-known providers of Hadoop, has declined to participate in the Open Data Platform -- an industry standards initiative that includes EMC, Hortonworks, IBM and several other big names. But what actually drove MapR's decision to avoid Open Data Platform involvement?

MapR CEO John Schroeder offers clear answers and concerns in a blog. He alleges that the standards group is trying to solve problems that don't need solving -- especially when the Apache Software Foundation already governs Hadoop. He also points to a range of questions involving ODP dues, voting rights and funding uses.

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