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UK Cabinet Office Says “Hello, You Must be Going” to ODF
Standards Blog - September 20, 2015:
While Microsoft’s ACS announcement immediately drew significant notice, the Cabinet Office document release did not. The most obvious reason is because the U.K. had previously announced that it would support ODF and not OOXML, Microsoft’s competing XML-based standard for editable documents. But there’s also this: for many types of users, the age of the document is waning, and with it the power and importance of the office suites that create them. Just as AM radio,…
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The Dutch government is determined to speed up ODF adoption
IT World – October 2, 2015: Governments across Europe are steadily moving away from vendor-locked, non standard technologies towards open standard and vendor neutral technologies. One such example is the adoption of Open Document Format (ODF) across European government agencies.
In a recent interview with ITworld, Italo Vignoli, the co-founder of TDF gave us a glimpse of massive adoption of ODF and LibreOffice in Europe:
"In France, 15 ministries for a total of 500,000 PCs, in Spain the region of Valencia with 120,000 PCs plus the region of Extremadura with a smaller - but always large - number, in the Netherlands the Ministry of Defense with 45,000 PCs, in Denmark the hospitals of Copenhagen, in Germany the city of Munich with 15,000 PCs plus a number of local governments.
In Italy, Regione Emilia Romagna with 3,500 PCs, Provinces of Perugia with 1,200 PCs, Cremona with 500 PCs, Macerata with 500 PCs, Trento with 4,000 PCs, Bolzano with 6,000 PCs, cities of Bologna with 3,000 PCs, Piacenza with 600 PCs, Reggio EMilia with 500 PCs, Galliera Hospital in Genoa with 2,500 PCs (now at their 10th migration anniversary), healthcare ASL 5 with 2,500 PCs, and many others."
Now, the Netherlands government is looking to speed up the adoption of ODF.... ...Full Story
Open source 'essential for heritage preservation' Submitted
EC Joinup – October 1, 2015: Working together on open source tools based on open standards is very important for those involved in the preservation of digital information, says Barbara Sierman, board member of the Open Preservation Foundation.
The foundation, some 15 libraries in Europe and the US, is maintaining a growing collection of open source solutions used for digital preservation....The Open Preservation Foundation is stewarding dozens of software tools. Some of these are mature; the result of research projects funded by the EU, others are still being developed in new and ongoing digital conservation projects....Another example is Jhove, an extensible software framework for performing format identification, validation, and characterization of digital objects. Development of JHOVE was funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.... ...Full Story
London boroughs back common standards-led data approach
Government Computing – September 30, 2015: Ensuring the wider availability of open standards and common platforms will be vital to ensure local authorities are better able to engage in collaborative and shared service technology and data initiatives when opportunities arise, a London-based council ICT lead has said....
The Tri-borough partnership, made up of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham councils, was formed as part of a strategy to combine services across specific areas to ensure public funds go further.... ...Full Story
Linux Foundation and ODPi Promise Open Source Hadoop Big Data Standard
Var Guy – September 29, 2015: One of big data's biggest problems is lack of standardization. Today, the Linux Foundation announced a strategy for addressing that challenge by promoting open source standards for Hadoop big data in collaboration with ODPi.
ODPi defines itself as "a shared industry effort focused on promoting and advancing the state of Apache Hadoop and big data technologies for the enterprise." The group has grown its membership steadily since launching last February under the name Open Data Platform Alliance....Today, ODPi takes a major step forward by securing official endorsement by the Linux Foundation, which promotes Linux and other open source software. The support turns ODPi into a Linux Foundation collaborative project.
It also signals the launch of a new platform called ODPi Core, which aims to become "a common reference platform that enables users to realize business results more quickly," according to the Linux Foundation. The Foundation adds that ODPi Core development will proceed under "an open and transparent planning and release" process directed by the Apache Software Foundation.
The Linux Foundation says this initiative will bring badly needed standardization to the Big Data world—particularly the one centered around Apache Hadoop, the open source big data platform. According to the Linux Foundation, the next major steps in ODPi Core's development include the release of a specification and reference implementation, as well as the launch of an ODPi Certification Program. The open source community can follow ODPi's progress via its GitHub repository.... ...Full Story
Have your say on standards to help achieve a Digital Single Market
European Commission – September 29, 2015: Standards are important tools for making different systems work together and stimulating the emergence of new eco-systems across a digital single market of more than 500 million people in Europe. They can boost innovation and reinforce the competitiveness of the European industry. Today the Commission launched a public consultation on Standards for the Digital Single Market (DSM). With this consultation, the Commission seeks input from Standards Development Organisations, companies, researchers, stakeholders' associations, public authorities and any interested party. The public consultation is open until 16 December....The contributions to this consultation will serve to build an ICT Priority Standards Plan, as set out in the Digital Single Market Strategy presented by the Commission on 6 May.... ...Full Story
ANSI Issues Response to CEN CENELEC White Paper
ANSI Weekly News – September 28, 2015: As coordinator of the U.S. standardization system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has published today a response to a CEN CENELEC white paper entitled "Risks of mutual recognition of voluntary industry standards within the context of a future EU-US trade agreement (TTIP) and alternative approaches," which was published in June 2015.
The CEN CENELEC paper raised a number of issues that ANSI and the broader U.S. standardization community strongly felt could benefit from further clarification.
ANSI's response is available.... ...Full Story
Worldwide information security spending to grow almost 4.7% in 2015
Gartner – September 25, 2015: Worldwide spending on information security will reach US$75.4 billion in 2015, an increase of 4.7% over 2014, according to the latest forecast from Gartner. The increase in spending is being driven by government initiatives, increased legislation and high-profile data breaches. Security testing, IT outsourcing, and identity and access management present the biggest growth opportunities for technology providers.... ...Full Story
New standard to manage mixed equipment fleets
Farm Industry News – September 24, 2015: ...One of the new capabilities of telemetry packages is called mixed-fleet management or the ability to the monitor the vehicle parameters of different brands of vehicles from one interface.
This capability is quickly becoming a reality thanks to the work of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, which are spearheading a standard for manufacturers to follow. That standard will enable different telemetry software packages "talk" to each other, a software-to-software solution broadly referred to as API, which stands for application programming interface.... ...Full Story
ISDA Launches New Industry Initiative for a Derivatives Product Identification Standard
ISDA.org – September 22, 2015: The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) has launched a new industry data project, aimed at developing an open-source standard derivatives product identification system that can be applied consistently and comprehensively across all derivatives facilities, including trading venues, clearing houses, repositories and other infrastructures....ISDA is overseeing the symbology project, which involves a consortium of buy- and sell-side market participants, vendors, platforms and trade associations. London-based capital markets technology consultancy Etrading Software is acting as project manager.
The initiative comes in response to a variety of regulatory changes, including the European Union's revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive/Regulation (MIFID II/MIFIR) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) reporting rules, which require a standardized means of identifying derivatives instruments at a granular level. A common methodology for classifying and identifying derivatives instruments across all platforms will also cut complexity and costs for market participants that need to connect to multiple trading venues, and simplify the distribution of liquidity....The consortium will initially work to produce globally standardized symbols for credit, rates and equity derivatives in 2015.... ...Full Story
How open source can help businesses reclaim control of IT
Information Age – September 22, 2015: In an age where data availability and visibility is crucial, many organisations have found that their existing infrastructure has severely limited their options. Sometimes this is down to poor system design that prevents interoperability, but in others the intention is deliberate – a practice known as 'vendor lock-in'.
The specific goal of vendor lock-in is to limit a customer's choices for future IT developments. If the customer wants to extend its system or add new functionality, it will need to 'choose' the relevant equivalent from the vendor or one of its 'certified partners'....Today, 45% of organisations cite a lack of supplier dependency as a reason for choosing open-source software (OSS). This is fractionally behind increased ability to innovate (47%), open technology (also 47%) and cost savings (46%), all of which are closely related and essential to building an agile, competitive business infrastructure....Knowing the value of a customer's data, some vendors employ proprietary data formats that are specifically designed to make data export difficult. Should an organisation try and move away from the service, it may find that there are significant secondary costs involved, not least the time spent trying to maintain data integrity throughout the process....When considering potential partnerships, businesses should always keep the following factors in mind to help avoid vendor lock-in:... ...Full Story
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