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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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Microsoft bullied MPs over government switch to open source standards
The Inquirer – May 29, 2015: Microsoft bullied MPs over government switch to open source software
MICROSOFT reportedly threatened to move its research facilities out of the UK if the government went ahead with plans to promote open source standards....Cabinet Officer Francis Maude outlined plans at the time to shift the UK to the .odf Open Document Format and away from Microsoft's proprietary .doc and .docx formats.
Maude said: "The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies. A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace.
"I want to see a greater range of software used,..."As reported at Bloomberg, Steve Hilton, who was the prime minister's director of strategy until 2012, revealed at an event that..."Microsoft phoned Conservative MPs with Microsoft R&D facilities in their constituencies and said we will close them down in your constituencies if this goes through," Hilton said. "We just resisted. You have to be brave."... ...Full Story
Standard Knowledge for Robots
NIST Techbeat – May 29, 2015: What do you know? There is now a world standard for capturing and conveying the knowledge that robots possess—or, to get philosophical about it, an ontology for automatons.
Crafted by a working group of 166 experts from 23 nations, the IEEE Standard for Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (IEEE P1872) is designed to simplify programming, extend the informationprocessing and reasoning capabilities of robots, and enable clear robot-to-robot and human-to-robot communication....The working group's core ontology for robotics and automation, or CORA, is an important step toward achieving this shared understanding. It establishes a formal way of representing knowledge that robots possess to perform tasks in their particular area of activity such as manufacturing plants or hospitals. This "common ground" enables efficient and reliable exchanges of information and integration of new data....With this structured base of knowledge, a manufacturing robot, for example, will know what tasks it can do, how much it can lift, whether it can work around people, and other performance-defining features. So when a new order comes, the robot will be able to assess whether it can do the required work.... ...Full Story
SAC Reveals Next Steps of Enterprise Standards Reform
USITO.org Weekly – May 28, 2015: On May 19, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) Local Standardization Department (i.e. SAC Department of Service Industry Standards) hosted the second meeting reviewing the pilot work of the enterprise product standard self-disclosure system. SAC Deputy Director Cui Gang attended the meeting and outlined four SAC key tasks for further reform work:
- Release soon the Guiding Opinions of Establishing Enterprise Product and Service Standards Self-disclosure and Supervision System
Initiate the revision work of the Enterprise Standardization Management Measures
- Strengthen standards information services for enterprises
- Provide training of the new enterprise standards system... ...Full Story
Vatican library: open source for long-term preservation
EU Joinup – May 27, 2015: The combination of open source and open standards ensures long-term preservation of electronic records and prevents IT vendor lock-in, says Luciano Ammenti, head of the IT department at the Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) in Vatican City.
Open standards and open source solutions are a key part of the Vatican Library's long-term digital conservation project. The library stores tens of thousands of manuscripts and documents, including the main ancient sample of the Greek version of the Bible, monastic collections from the medieval period, the Codex Borgianus and a fifteenth-century copy of the Mishneh Torah.... ...Full Story
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
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