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IOTA Standardization Update — November 2020
As we proclaimed in 2019, IOTA is on a mission to set and become a de facto standard in DLT and IoT technology. Today, we will explain what standards are, the standards that apply in our space, and what we are doing specifically with standardization. In addition, we will discuss what we have in development for the IOTA Protocol and the progress we’ve made over the last few months.
Stay tuned for future updates, as we work our way through the various standards processes at the Object Management Group (OMG) and elsewhere, as well as communicate the state of IOTA’s own standards.
First things first: what are standards?
What does it actually mean to be a standard? Standards are so ubiquitous that usually, we don’t need to think about them. For example, you don’t have to think about which way to turn a screw. For more complex requirements such as interoperability between computer models, some group of experts will have had to think long and hard about the requirements. Once they get this right, this can be published as an international standard, so that everyone can now refer to the same requirements.
A standard is really a special kind of requirement specification, in which everyone can agree what specification they are referring to, what the latest version is, and how to use it. In the Internet of Things, this is particularly relevant, since there will be several layers of protocols, each defined in its own standard. These include W3C standards, IETF, and industry de facto standards like Zero MQ.
At this level, when we use the word ‘standard’ we might just be referring to something that everyone has agreed to refer to, for example, a common industry standard or even the standard way some vendor does something. These are ...
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