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And help develop technical standards for Bitcoin SV

The Bitcoin SV technical standards programme, including the Technical Standards Committee (TSC), is designed to promote the growth of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem, improve interoperability between systems and enhance the credibility of solutions built on Bitcoin SV from the perspective of auditors, regulators, insurers and clients. It encourages the development of certification schemes, fosters business growth, infers market signalling from proposals and has international reach.

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There are 3 ways to get involved in developing Bitcoin SV technical standards:

Now that the Bitcoin SV protocol is set in stone, we can start to develop a library of Bitcoin SV technical standards for the benefit of all. Using these technical standards will save the need for multiple organisations to repeatedly solve the same problems. The technical standards are analogous to software design patterns in that they provide solutions to common problems and are based on industry experience and expertise.

A major strength of Bitcoin SV technical standards is that they are developed by the people that need them. Industry experts are involved at all stages of the standard development process, from deciding whether a new standard is required, defining all of the technical content of the standard, as well as reviewing and monitoring industry adoption once published. You too can contribute to the development of the Bitcoin SV ecosystem by offering your technical skills and knowledge to help build a new technical standard or influence an existing Bitcoin SV standard. Getting involved in this process can bring significant advantages to you and your business.

  • Gain direct access to information that could shape the market of the future.
  • Give your company a voice in the development of standards.
  • Help shape the direction of the burgeoning Bitcoin SV business ecosystem.

Key principles in standards development

Industry-driven

The TSC does not decide when to develop a new standard, but responds to requests from industry players who, in response to an identified need, submit a proposal to create a new standard.

Developed by experts

Bitcoin SV technical standards are developed by groups of experts involved at all stages of the process, from deciding whether a new standard is needed, to defining its technical content, as well asreviewing and monitoring industry adoption once published.

Collaborative and open

The TSC ensures all interested parties can participate actively in the standards development process either by proposing a standard, joining a working group or commenting at the public review stage.

Follow due process

The TSC defines transparent procedures for standards creation. Their implementation are monitored and recorded by a working group sponsor and the project coordinator.

Fully consider feedback

Developing Bitcoin SV technical standards is a consensus-based approach. The comments gathered from stakeholders during the internal and public review are fully considered and taken into account.

How does the programme work?

Watch the standards overview videos.

The development of Bitcoin SV technical standards involves three key functions: governance, administrative support and standard development.

Governance

The TSC, which is comprised of a selection of seasoned Bitcoin SV professionals, governs the development of standards. It works with a wide variety of authors and reviewers from across industries to produce world-class technical content.

  • The TSC will provide governance to all working groups that are developing standards.
  • TSC members commit to supporting working groups with processes, tooling and resources when the proposal from industry is aligned with the goals of the TSC.
  • The TSC is focused on nurturing and publishing the standards that will add the most value to the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Administrative support

Working groups will receive administrative support from a dedicated project coordinator that will ensure all working group members have open communication channels and keep within the necessary stage timelines.

  • The project coordinator will also ensure all documentation is available and easily shared within the group.
  • Access to a technical writer and the ability to request specialist advice from the wider Bitcoin Association network is offered to the working group.

Standard development

Technical standards are created by working groups of experts in their subject matter who know the needs of the organisation and sectors that they represent and of the wider ecosystem. The strength of Bitcoin SV technical standards is that they are developed by the people that need them. Industry experts are involved at all stages of the standard development process, from deciding whether a new standard is needed and defining all of the technical content, as well as reviewing and monitoring industry adoption once published.

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Proposing a standard

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The proposer is defined as an individual or group of industry players who collectively identify the need for a standard. They submit a proposal to form a working group to help to improve Bitcoin SV utility. The proposer is tasked with identify both the need and scope for the proposed standard. At its most simple level, technical standards attempt to encapsulate, in a relatively concise document, the details necessary to enable uniformity of practice across a diverse range of implementations.

Smaller, more narrowly scoped standards have a greater chance of successful completion and adoption than large, multi-part standards. If possible, start with the smaller scoped standard and, if desired, build the multi-part standard through the composition of those smaller component standards rather than attempting to engineer directly to the larger vision. Be conservative in the number of use cases and features (optional or required) a standard supports. Attempting to create a standard that meets the needs of many different practices, each reflecting a different set of interests, priorities, and market values, can create a standard that all communities see as overloaded and poorly suited to their specific needs.

When identifying the industry needs, proposers should consult with other implementers, developers or stakeholders to learn about the forums that already exist for collaborating and sharing information on digital development programs. Look into the purpose of these groups, their members and their activities. Your proposed group may be different enough to justify the creation of a new group, or you may want to consider ways to work with existing groups to address your defined problem.

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Joining a working group

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Authors are the individuals from the industry tasked with writing the technical standard. They actively develop a technical standard document and produce subsequent versions informed by reviewers comments and public reviews.

Author is a key role within each working group. A working group is formed of authors, reviewers and a TSC Sponsor. They will usually meet for a set period of time to share information, evidence and lessons learned, explore opportunities for innovation to overcome common challenges, as well as ensure that the systems and tools that are being designed or implemented work together.

Proposers are the preferred candidates for the role of author. However, the TSC will, on occasion, welcome expressions of interest to join a working group as an author from another source. These opportunities will be published in the standard catalogue under the in consideration section.

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Joining a working group

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Reviewers are selected individuals from the industry who will confidentially review drafts produced by authors prior to public review. They help to shape the content of new standards that will affect their businesses while they are being prepared, making sure that any concerns or issues they consider important are taken into account during the drafting and development process.

Reviewer is a key role within each working group is formed of authors, reviewers and a TSC Sponsor. Working groups will usually meet for a set period of time to share information, evidence and lessons learned, explore opportunities for innovation to overcome common challenges, as well as ensure that the systems and tools that are being designed or implemented work together.

When actively participating in the development of a technical standard, it is important that you assist in the review of content in a timely manner ensuring the drafting process meets the allocated timeframe. You should also allocate sufficient resources to allow attendance at meetings of the standards working group and other development activities. If you would like to participate into the standard development but have limited time to commit to the process, you can join as a public reviewer.

Join a working group

Participating in the public review

As part of the standardisation process, the draft standard developed by working group will be published publicly for the first time as part of a two-month public review. Public review is an important stage that can influence the technical decisions made by the working group. It represents an opportunity for the public at large to submit their feedback on the draft, which can include the contributions of industry experts through to end users to review and comment on the draft.

The feedback offered on the standard will help to shape its final outcome and ensure it solves the need of the wider industry. Public reviewer comments on the standard published in the standard catalogue under public review and do not require to join the working group or take part in the writing process.

At the end of the public review stage, the authors will consider public comments and decide if a revision of the draft and perhaps a second public review is required. This offers participants a chance to feedback on a standard of interest and impact it final content with a minimal time commitment.

Participate in public review

Standard overview

Watch our standards overview videos or read the processes document.

The standard development process is split into three phases each made up of a number of activities. An overview of the standardisation process and details of activities for each stages are presented in these videos.

  1. The proposal to develop a standard is the entry point to the standards process in the Submission stage. If a proposal passes the checkpoint review, a working group will be formed.
  2. Give your company a voice in the development of standards.
  3. Once the working group is formed, the standard moves to the drafting and review stage. This is where authors start working on the draft which will be put to an internal review, an intellectual property review and, where applicable, a specialist review.
  4. The last stage is standardisation. During this phase, the standard is published on the TSC website and is monitored for adoption and implementation. A final decision on whether to promote it to recommended, or to withdraw it due to lack of interest is made at the end of the stage.