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Patent Pledges and Open Source Software Development
Standards Blog - May 5, 2015:
...In part as a result of this complex legal landscape, the founders of an open source project will sometimes use a mechanism in addition to an open source license when they want to provide additional or more specific rights relating to patents that may be infringed through the modification, distribution or use of code they contribute to project software. That mechanism is often referred to as a “patent pledge” or “patent non-assertion pledge,” and in the course of this blog entry I’ll try and explain why and when this mechanism may be used, and how the benefits it conveys relate, compare, and add to the rights provided under open source licenses.
First off, let’s talk about what a patent pledge is, and how it compares to a patent grant of…
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How open data is transforming the business landscape
Information Age – May 26, 2015: Despite pledges by the G7 and G20 to boost transparency by opening up government data, fewer than 8% of countries publish data sets in open formats and under open licences on public sector budgets, spending and contracts.
Realisations about the potential of open data have grown steadily in recent years as successful examples of its use have emerged. The internet and other technological developments have led to an explosion in the amount of data collected – the case for open data is to make it publicly available for anyone to use to create social, environmental and economical impact... ...Full Story
ITU marks 150th anniversary with global celebrations
ITU.org – May 20, 2015: ITU celebrated its 150th anniversary on 17 May, marking a long and illustrious history at the cutting edge of communication technologies....ITU was established on 17 May 1865 with the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in Paris to facilitate the transmission of telegraphy across international borders. ITU was initially headquartered in Berne and moved to Geneva in 1948, soon after it became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1947.... ...Full Story
Node.js and io.js to merge under Node.js Foundation
The merger was put to a vote on GitHub by io.js developer Mikeal Rogers, who initially proposed the merger in February, and the io.js technical committee voted to approve the merger yesterday. According to Rogers, the team will continue releasing io.js versions while the convergence takes place, but after the merger is complete, the io.js working groups and technical committee will join the Node.js Foundation under renamed titles....The Node.js Foundation was established with the help of the Linux Foundation back in February, and had its important organizational structure and stewardship questions hashed out at the Node Summit soon after. ...Full Story
Biometrics Institute forms new alliance
Planet Biometrics – May 18, 2015: The Biometrics Institute, Mobey Forum and Natural Security Alliance have revealed plans to cooperate on promoting the use of biometrics in digital services.
The new tripartite group will hold an inaugural meeting on biometrics for non-government services in Paris on 1 July.
The international Biometrics Institute is an independent association working to bring the industry together as a whole including end users, suppliers and academics. Mobey Forum, meanwhile, is an association empowering banks and other financial institutions to lead in the future of mobile financial services.
Natural Security Alliance has developed biometric authentication standards that make user transactions possible which guarantee the sanctity of biometric data and privacy.... ...Full Story
Linux Foundation's SPDX Workgroup Announces New Open Compliance Standard
Linux Foundation – May 15, 2015: The SPDX® workgroup, hosted by The Linux Foundation, today announced the release of version 2.0 of its Software Package Data Exchange® (SPDX) specification, which includes a three-dimensional view of license dependencies that will make exchange of open source and license data more simple and compliance with open source licenses much easier....New features include the ability to relate SPDX documents to each other, making it more useful for a broader range of uses, including exchanging clear data about software and modules in companies' supply chains. For example, with SPDX 2.0 a device manufacturer can easily understand what open source software has been used to build the device components, what versions of that software are being used and what modules have been integrated. This allows companies to more efficiently understand the open source compliance obligations or vulnerabilities and address them before shipment.
The relationship view of license dependencies is made possible through new features that include a deeper level of description and context in files and packages, including those external to the SPDX specification. This allows managers to better understand the open source code in their products, as well as third-party open source code bases that have been integrated with the existing software. This helps to create taxonomy for modules that can be used not only for compliance but identifying potential security vulnerabilities....The Software Package Data Exchange® (SPDX®) specification is a standard format for communicating the components, licenses and copyrights associated with a software package. The SPDX specification helps facilitate compliance with free and open source software licenses by providing a uniform way license information is shared across the software supply chain. The SPDX specification is developed by the SPDX workgroup, which is hosted by The Linux Foundation.... ...Full Story
OGC announces standard for concise description of Earth coordinate reference systems
Directions Magazine – May 15, 2015: Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership has adopted the OGC Well-known Text (WKT) Representation of Coordinate Reference Systems Encoding Standard.
Well-Known Text (WKT),...describes a compact machine- and human-readable representation of geometric objects....The text strings specified in the new standard provide a means for humans and machines to correctly and unambiguously interpret and utilise a coordinate reference system definition.... ...Full Story
Flaws found in smart grid consortium's home-grown crypto
SC Magazine – May 14, 2015: The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) project has continued to roll out its own cryptographic standard and application layer communication protocol in the face of a tangible degree of criticism.
Flaws found in smart grid consortium's home-grown crypto
Flaws found in smart grid consortium's home-grown crypto
The OSGP alliance is an independent not-for-profit group comprised of utilities and smart grid bodies, systems integrators and service providers. The group's 'self standardisation' for cryptographic control has led to researchers uncovering a number of weaknesses.
Cryptographic standards emanating from the project are installed and deployed on millions smart meters and devices around the globe. The Open Smart Grid Protocol was developed by the Energy Service Network Association (ESNA) and has been a standard of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) since 2012.... ...Full Story
New open standard Weightless-N for IoT connectivity goes live
E&T.com – May 14, 2015: An open standard that allows developers to use different network providers based on low-power wide-area star network architecture was announced today....The 1.0 version published on Tuesday operates in sub-GHz spectrum using ultra narrow band (UNB) technology and any company is able to develop both low cost base stations and terminals using royalty free Weightless technology,...
Weightless-N is designed around a differential binary phase shift keying (DBPSK) digital modulation scheme to transmit within narrow frequency bands using a frequency hopping algorithm for interference mitigation and enhanced security.
It was devised with encryption and implicit authentication in mind, using a shared secret key regime to encode transmitted information via a 128 bit AES algorithm. The technology supports mobility with the network automatically routing terminal messages to the correct destination.... ...Full Story
Global Auto Industry to Get First Open Standard for Wire-Free Power
Open Dots Alliance – May 13, 2015: ...JVIS USA, LLC, of Shelby, Michigan [has annuonced] the formation of Open Dots Alliance – a non-profit organization to further shepherd and promote the world's first and only open standard for wire-free power, currently in use on 12 vehicle models across five major automotive brands....The standard is called Open Dots: "Open" because it is an open platform free of royalties or license fees, and "Dots" because it employs a distinctive pattern of four contacts (or dots) to receive wire-free power. The standard has been in use and is currently available in more cars and trucks than all other wire-free power technologies combined.
Wire-free charging is gaining wide acceptance among automotive manufacturers because vehicle owners want a hassle-free "drop and charge" means to charge phones while they drive. However, the Open Dots platform expands this ecosystem to include, tablets, laptop computers, power tools and other commonly used electronic devices as well....A compliance logo is displayed on consumer packaging to show the product meets Open Dots' certification standards. These standards and test protocols are provided in full online so that manufactures can self-certify their products to the standard....Brands providing Open Dots compatible products include: Ford, Chrysler, RAM, Dodge, Scion and phone case maker INCIPIO. The Open Dots Alliance welcomes additional companies to join the consortium.... ...Full Story
New Forum Launches to Expand Access to Biosimilar Medicines, Improve Healthcare
Biosimilars Forum – May 13, 2015: A coalition of 11 leading companies involved in the development and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals and "biosimilar" medicines today announced the formation of the Biosimilars Forum — the first nonprofit organization solely dedicated to expanding patient access to biosimilars in the United States. The founding members of the Biosimilars Forum represent the majority of companies with the most significant U.S. biosimilars development portfolios, including: Actavis, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Coherus BioSciences, EMD Serono, Hospira, Merck, Pfizer, Samsung, Sandoz, and Teva....The Forum will provide evidence-based information to educate and advocate for public policies and practices that encourage access, awareness, and adoption of biosimilars....The Biosimilars Forum will be submitting a public statement about the need for appropriate coding for biosimilars to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Public Meeting on May 7, 2015.... ...Full Story
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