I have had the pleasure of co-authoring a paper for the journal ePractice on the momentum of open standards which has now been published. It is available online at http://www.epracticejournal.eu/document/5156. My fellow-author is Trond-Arne Undheim who used to be in the European Commission and now works for Oracle.
The paper gives an outline why open standards are important, what their benefits are for the businesses and governments as well as for innovation and for society in total. But before I produce a remake of the article here ... just click and download and read.