Alberto Barrionuevo

Alberto Barrionuevo

Interest in open standards:

  • Get a world where the electronic discrimination does not exist anymore based on the technology that in your freedom you choose.
  • Get a world where the electronic systems interoperate among them based on established open rules not imposed by any player.
  • Get a world where competition is based on best practices and technologies instead on vendor lock-in tricks.
  • Get a world where the entry barrier to the IT market is low and not artificially raised by interested laws lobbied by big multinationals against the interest of the SMEs.
  • Get a world where patents doesn't exist on software standards.

Track record:

  • I'm founder of the Proyecto Estándares Abiertos and of Digistan.
  • I've been an amateur and altruist lobbyist on interoperability matters at different governments and parliaments (I worked hardly against software patents in Europe and for open standards in the Spanish Law 11/2007 that regulates the electronic administration).
  • I'm co-author of three different interoperability frameworks based on real open standards and author of different reports and auditing processes on the matter.
  • From Dec. 2007 to Dec. 2008 I was president of FFII where I created it Open Standards Work Group that is a kind of bird place for DIGISTAN.
  • I'm a little bit guilty, together with my friends Ben and André, of campaigns as No OOXML and ;-)

Declaration of interests:

  • My company, OPENTIA, is a consultancy company specialized on interoperability based on open standards and open source solutions.

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Short bio

I was born in a little village surrounded of seas of olive trees in the middle of Andalusia at 1971. When I was 14th I released the source code of the first real software development that I made, the "Rizitario", a cook recipes data base program made in Clipper. At that time I didn't know anything about "free software" and I only was able to know about Internet, BSD and GNU years later in 1989 or so, at my IT university. But at that time I saw as normal to share my code with everybody as I did (using floppy disks). Now it is nice to see how as many people perceives "openness" in the same way as I did in my adolescence. Also it is nice that today I'm able to "win the bread for my family" thanks to openness, when as (too) many tens have passed.