Not many people get excited watching tech standards bodies work. Let's face it, when software -- especially big software -- representatives get together to talk about interoperability, you can bet there's a tinge of distaste behind the smiling faces and pledges of cooperation. In their heart of hearts many of these sellers would be happier to keep their proprietary standards and product lock in, even knowing they are dragging out the inevitable in their negotiations.

So let's give credit where it's due to OASIS, the grandest open standards body in the information industry, for pressing through the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Standard. OASIS made CMIS official just last week, and the whole thing took about 18 months, which is greyhound speed for such an agreement.

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