In their defense, they are doing many things right. These bullets come from their site:
- Specifications may not require any field of use restrictions or fees to get access to a certification testsuite or to pass certification.
- All source code for certification tests must be open sourced under the ASL 2.0 license.
- Specifications must be discussed in the open on a public mailing list.
- All drafts, source code, and any issue tracking system must be made available for anyone to read.
- Specifications, source code, and certification efforts must be licensed under ASL 2.0.
- etc…basically, don’t be like Sun and the JCP. (my take)
A big chunk of the fledgling web site is devoted to explaining how REST-* is different than WS-*. I do hope someone re-thinks the name.