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Open Data Platform

Overview: The Open Data Platform Initiative (ODP) is a shared industry effort focused on promoting and advancing the state of Apache Hadoop and Big Data technologies for the enterprise. The Open Data Platform will: accelerate the delivery of Big Data solutions by providing a well-defined core platform to target; define, integrate, test, and certify a standard "ODP Core" of compatible versions of select Big Data open source projects; provide a stable base against which Big Data solutions providers can qualify solutions; produce a set of tools and methods that enable members to create and test differentiated offerings based on the ODP Core; reinforce the role of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in the development and governance of upstream projects; contribute to ASF projects in accordance with ASF processes and Intellectual Property guidelines; support community development and outreach activities that accelerate the rollout of modern data architectures that leverage Apache Hadoop; and help minimize the fragmentation and duplication of effort within the industry.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: February 25, 2015


Green Button Alliance

Overview: The Green Button Alliance (GBA) is a non-profit, IRS 501(c)(3) corporation formed in 2015 to foster the development, compliance, and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button standard. The Green Button initiative is an industry-led effort to respond to a White House call-to-action to provide electricity customers with easy access to their energy usage data in a consumer-friendly and computer-friendly format. The Green Button effort was created with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the Utility Communications ArchitectureInternational Users Group (UCAIug), and the White House. The North American Energy Standards Board's Energy Services Provider Interface (NAESB ESPI standard) serves as the basis for Green Button technology by providing a model for business practices, use cases, and an XML schema for the standard.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: February 11, 2015


MESA

Overview: Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) is an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and standards developed by an industry consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: February 4, 2015


LoRa Alliance

Overview: LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national or global network. LoRaWAN target key requirements of internet of things such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization services. Alliance members will collaborate to drive the global success of the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN), by sharing knowledge and experience to guarantee interoperability between operators.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: January 14, 2015


UHD Alliance

Overview: A coalition of companies united to establish new standards to support innovation in video technologies, including 4K and higher resolutions, high dynamic range, wider color gamut and immersive 3D audio.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: January 7, 2015


Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

Overview: The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) was a proposed agreement to eliminate or reduce the trade barriers among all countries in the Americas, excluding Cuba. The proposed agreement was an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The last summit was held at Mar del Plata, Argentina, in November 2005, but no agreement on FTAA was reached. Of the 34 countries present at the negotiations, 26 pledged to meet again in 2006 to resume negotiations, but no such meeting took place.

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Current Status: Inactive

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Overview: The USD(AT&L) is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary Defense for all matters concerning acquisition, technology, and logistics. As legislated by Congress, the primary responsibilities of the USD(AT&L) include: supervising Department of Defense acquisition; establishing policies for acquisition (including procurement of goods and services, research and development, developmental testing, and contract administration) for all elements of the Department of Defense; establishing policies for logistics, maintenance, and sustainment support for all elements of the Department of Defense; and establishing policies of the Department of Defense for maintenance of the defense industrial base of the United States. In addition, the USD(AT&L) has oversight responsibility for: military installations and their environment; operational energy plans and programs; major weapon systems; missile defense programs; space and intelligence programs; and nuclear and chemical and biological defense programs, including Nunn-Lugar programs and the nuclear forces.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Safety Equipment Institute (SEI)

Overview: The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers a non-governmental, third-party certification program, and tests for public safety, and certifies a broad range of safety and protective products used occupationally and recreationally. SEI certification programs are voluntary and available to any manufacturer of safety and protective equipment seeking to have product models certified by SEI. SEI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) in accordance with ISO Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems. The SEI certification programs include annual product testing of all certified safety and protective equipment product models as well as annual quality assurance audits conducted at the manufacturer's facility.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Independent Association of Accredited Registers (IAAR)

Overview: The overall purpose of the IAAR is to encourage and facilitate consistent management system registration/certification, mainly by promoting the use of accredited registrars/systems certification bodies (CBs). The association also achieves this objective by facilitating communication and professional practices among its members, and by educating companies and other organizations about the accredited registration/systems certification process. All IAAR members are accredited to provide registration/systems certification services in compliance with ISO/IEC 17021 -- the International Organization for Standardization and standard for registration/systems certification organizations.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC)

Overview: The ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC) is a partnership between industry and government formed in 1991 by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Industry Canada (IC) and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). ISACC recommends strategies for domestic and international Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards development, implementation and promotion, which will meet the needs of Canadian users, industry and government. ISACC is one of the participating standards organizations in the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) initiative, which is comprised of the world's leading standards bodies.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


World Trade Organization

Overview: The WTO provides a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development. The WTO also provides a legal and institutional framework for the implementation and monitoring of these agreements, as well as for settling disputes arising from their interpretation and application. The current body of trade agreements comprising the WTO consists of 16 different multilateral agreements (to which all WTO members are parties) and two different plurilateral agreements (to which only some WTO members are parties). The WTO's main activities are: negotiating the reduction or elimination of obstacles to trade (import tariffs, other barriers to trade) and agreeing on rules governing the conduct of international trade (e.g. antidumping, subsidies, product standards, etc.); administering and monitoring the application of the WTO's agreed rules for trade in goods, trade in services, and trade-related intellectual property rights; monitoring and reviewing the trade policies of our members, as well as ensuring transparency of regional and bilateral trade agreements; settling disputes among our members regarding the interpretation and application of the agreements; building capacity of developing country government officials in international trade matters; assisting the process of accession of some 30 countries who are not yet members of the organization; conducting economic research and collecting and disseminating trade data in support of the WTO's other main activities; and explaining to and educating the public about the WTO, its mission and its activities.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Office of the United States Trade Representative

Overview: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. Members negotiate directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations; members also meet with governments, with business groups, with legislators and with public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and to discuss the President's trade policy positions.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


U.S. Government Accountability Office

Overview: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President from a slate of candidates Congress proposes. The GAO's mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. Work is done at the request of congressional committees or subcommittees or is mandated by public laws or committee reports. The GAO also undertakes research under the authority of the Comptroller General, and supports congressional oversight by auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively; investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities; reporting on how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives; performing policy analyses and outlining options for congressional consideration; and issuing legal decisions and opinions, such as bid protest rulings and reports on agency rules. The GAO advises Congress and the heads of executive agencies about ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, equitable and responsive.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


GTW Associates

Overview: GTW Associates is an International standards and trade policy consultancy with expertise in the strategic role of standards in competitiveness of businesses, organizations and countries in the global marketplace. GTW Associates helps businesses; law firms; industry associations; international trade and standards organizations; and governments solve strategic problems. GTW Associates' typical assignments include representing US business interests to national and international organizations; preparing corporate strategic plans; counseling associations on standards policy and procedures; expert witness service on standards procedures and IPR policies and advising governments on national competitive strategies and standards and conformity assessment standards infrastructure.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Overview: The EU is represented in the United States by the Washington, DC Delegation of the European Union, which works in close coordination with the Embassies and Consulates of the 28 EU Member States. Promotes EU policies in the United States, which includes presenting and explaining EU actions to the U.S. Administration and Congress, and engaging with political actors, the media, academia, business, and civil society.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


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