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Simple, Weak, Scalable and Open: Concepts to Live by in Developing New Solutions

From: Raj Singh <rsingh@opengeospatial.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:39:52 -0400
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To: "public-poiwg@w3.org W3C" <public-poiwg@w3.org>
I just stumbled across this interesting perspective on developing data standards. The blog post is a very quick read, but here's the 1 minute story:

"In developing solutions, he urged adhering to some basic concepts.
  - Simple and weak. Initial efforts to develop new solutions often fail, so it is important to guard against wasted effort.  A wiser course is to develop systems and services that are easy to implement and use.  This enables quick development of practical experience and identification of what works and what doesn’t.
  - Scalable and open. Use of the least powerful solution to a problem typically enables the most rapid scaling.  And as solutions grow, they draw critics.  Openness allows critics to fix and change things as they see fit."
from John Wilbanks, Vice President for Science, Creative Commons

http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2011/09/simple-weak-scalable-and-open-concepts-to-live-by-in-developing-new-solutions/ 

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