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Open Standards, Move Over
Standards Blog - April 13, 2016:
...Well, that's a blog title I never expected to use here.
Back in 2003, over 800 blog posts ago, I decided to launch something I called the Standards Blog. Not surprisingly, it focused mostly on the development, implementation and importance of open standards. But I also wrote about other areas of open collaboration, such as open data, open research, and of course, open source software. Over time, there were more and more stories about open source worth writing, as well as pieces on the sometimes tricky intersection of open standards and open source.…
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Openfunds launches global standard for fund data interchange
BankingTech.com – June 30, 2016: Zurich-based non-profit organisation, openfunds, has created a global standard for the characterisation of investment funds.
The goal of the new standard is to improve efficiency, transparency and reliability by eliminating potential sources of error and ambiguity during fund data interchange.
Openfunds is now calling for a global adoption of the standard....At present, investment fund data is often sent from fund providers to their distribution partners in an archaic fashion: via Excel spreadsheets. Predictably, this can lead to duplication and errors at the fund provider's end given that the individual spreadsheets are usually created manually for each distributor.
Also, the current fields leave room for interpretation. This results in inefficiencies, errors and ambiguities during data transfer, needing reconciliation between fund providers and their distribution partners....
At the heart of it are unique data identifiers (data-IDs), all in the same format...Openfunds version 1.0 has nearly 200 data fields.... ...Full Story
3GPP works out work programme for first 5G specifications
The Mobile Network – June 29, 2016: The first formal specifications for 5G technology from 3GPP will define New Radio technology, and will be ready in June 2018, despite a request from an influential group of operators for a slightly different timeline.
3GPP, the body that consolidates and defines specifications for mobile technology into standards authorities, has released its workplan for Release-15 (R15) – showing how specifications for a New Radio interface, in frequencies both below and above 6GHz, will be taken forward.The body said that it hopes to start defining the next generation architecture in December 2016, and then the 5G New Radio in March 2017. Standards will be frozen in June 2018.... ...Full Story
European Commission Issues Plans to Modernize EU's Standardization Policy
ANSI.org Weekly News – June 28, 2016: This month, the European Commission released a communications proposal detailing initiatives to modernize the European Union's standardization policy, in order to keep pace with global technological developments, political priorities, and other international trends. The Commission intends to modernize the European Standardization System (ESS) in cooperation with industry, European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and all other interested stakeholders. It also announced next steps on the Joint Initiative on Standardization (JIS), which aims to reinforce the partnership between the European institutions and the greater standardization community.
Detailed in its Single Market Strategy, the Commission is focused on a single and coherent ESS that "adapts to the changing environment, supports multiple policies, and brings benefits and predictability to consumers and businesses." Standards, which are strategic assets for boosting competitiveness, also support the service economy and help ensure the quality and safety of products and services.
As outlined in the Commission's press release, the plan will serve the standardization community and related stakeholders by:
- Providing greater clarity on service standards and how they can be used;
- Helping the Commission and standard setters identify problems and gaps where European service standards could be most useful;
- Encouraging more effective and targeted development of European service standards in the areas where they can be most beneficial to businesses and consumers;
- Helping remove and reduce national barriers faced by service providers; and
- Promoting greater awareness of standards.... ...Full Story
American Bar Association Resolution on IBR Scheduled for August Vote
ANSI Weekly News – June 27, 2016: A proposed American Bar Association (ABA) Resolution encourages Congress to amend the Administrative Procedure Act to require agencies to make standards that have been incorporated by reference (IBR) accessible, without charge, to members of the public – at minimum: online, read-only access to the incorporated portion of the standard. The Resolution further requests that agencies review their historical incorporations by reference, and make such arrangements for these standards as well, or amend or repeal the regulation to eliminate the incorporation by reference....The Resolution will be up for vote before the ABA House of Delegates in August 2016.... ...Full Story
Publication of SES 3:2016, Recommended Practice for Joint Standards Development
SES.org – June 24, 2016: SES - The Society for Standards Professionals is pleased to announce the publication of a Recommended Practice for Joint Standards Development to provide guidance to Standards Development Organizations by outlining the key components of a Joint Standards Agreement and a recommended process for managing the development of Joint Standards.
Recent trends indicate an increase in efforts where two or more organizations enter into an agreement for the development and publication of a Joint Standard. These Joint Standards may have industrial, commercial, or consumer application, with use on a national, regional, or international level.
Joint Standards development can be accomplished through a variety of legal paths including contracts and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), collectively referred to as the Agreement. Key components of a Joint Standards Agreement include scope and purpose, policies, process, dispute resolution, branding and publication, marketing and distribution, and maintenance....
SES 3:2016 is a great companion to SES 2:2011, Model Procedure for the Development of Standards, which addresses all of the essential due process requirements for standards development.... ...Full Story
MIIT Opens Applications for Cybersecurity Pilot Projects
USITO.org Weekly – June 20, 2016: On June 8, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Network Security Management Department published a notice calling for 2016 Cybersecurity Pilot Projects in the telecommunications and internet industries. This is a continuation and expansion of last year's MIIT-led Pilot Program. Both notices made reference to the Guiding Opinions on Strengthening Telecommunications and Internet Industry Network Security Work (MIIT 2014: No. 368), which was first released in August 2014 and bore a strong resemblance to the original CBRC guiding opinions, emphasizing "secure and controllable" and a cyber review of "critical network products".
The announcement outlines key areas of focus for pilot projects, which includes cybersecurity threat monitoring and risk analysis, anti-DOS, data security and user information protection, domain system security, and cybersecurity solutions for emerging technologies such as cloud, big data, mobile Internet, IoT, connected cars, mobile payment, etc.
For companies interested in submitting a project proposal, the form requires that they disclose their key technology plan, including function chart, key technical indicators, and implementation process. The "Telecom and Internet Industry Cyber Security Pilot Projects Report Form" is available on the MIIT website and the application deadline is August 31. ...Full Story
Open Versus Closed: Addressing The IoT Standards Problem
Forbes.com – June 17, 2016: When it comes to developing software for Internet of Things (IoT) projects, some companies are adopting open standards that everyone can share and adopt, while others are building and using their own.
Here, nine technology experts and members of Forbes Technology Council offer their thoughts on how the standards issue will play out as consumers demand devices that can "talk" to each other, and more and more companies get into the game.... ...Full Story
Identity and Access Management for Smart Home Devices: Seeking Feedback on Concept Paper
NCCoE – June 16, 2016: Summary
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability of everyday objects (things) to connect to the internet and to send and receive data. This includes cameras, home automation systems, and industrial control systems. It is estimated that there are already 6.4 billion connected devices, and by 2020, there will be 20 billion. Industry experts agree that in spite of this projected growth, IoT technology is immature and lacks adequate security safeguards.
The NCCoE is seeking comments from industry on the challenges of identification, authentication, and authorization for devices in the IoT space; specifically requirements for authentication and authorization of autonomous non-person entities (NPE) found in smart home devices. Areas of interest include the following:... ...Full Story
InfoComm International Releases New Standard for Display Image Size
Infocomm International – June 15, 2016: InfoComm International...is pleased to announce the release of a new standard for sizing displayed images for audiovisual systems: ANSI/INFOCOMM V202.01:2016, Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual Systems....
Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual Systems determines required display image size and relative viewing positions according to two defined viewing needs: basic decision making and analytical decision making. These two viewing categories are derived from ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011 Projected Image System Contrast Ratio (PISCR). Image height, image resolution, and the size of image content are all prescriptive elements when determining required image size. The standard also addresses closest and farthest viewing distances, as well as relative horizontal and vertical viewer locations. It provides formulas to design and display content when encountering limitations in an environment. In addition to the standard, InfoComm will be providing a calculation/assessment tool on its website for determining proper display image size based on viewer needs....
"Until now, the AV industry has used guidelines that served their purpose in a different era, but whose provenance and basis could not be verified. The task group went back to basics and also referenced leading research and military standards," said Greg Jeffreys, Director of Visual Displays Ltd. and moderator for the standard task group. "As a designer and maker of large-screen displays, this standard will have a significant impact on my professional work. It will enable me to help clients to define what a good user experience comprises, and it gives me the tools and metrics to deliver just that."
"Content has historically been a part of the design consideration for image size. Content description, however, has been vague and its interpretation has been up to the designer," said Dick Tollberg, CTS®-D, Senior Design Engineer for AVI-SPL and member of InfoComm's Standards Steering Committee. "Before the standard, there was no way to quantify content in such a way that the designer could ensure that the image size was correct. The standard gives direction to the creators and presenters of the content, while allowing the designer to use familiar methods to determine the correct image size for a given room. If the designer and the content adhere to the standard, the designer can guarantee that the image size will be satisfactory for all room participants." ...Full Story
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Data Integrity Building Block
U.S. Federal Register – June 15, 2016: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites organizations to provide products and technical expertise to support and demonstrate security platforms for the Data Integrity Building Block. This notice is the initial step for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in collaborating with technology companies to address cybersecurity challenges identified under the Data Integrity Building Block. Participation in the Data Integrity Building Block is open to all interested organizations.... ...Full Story
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