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Six ways the government can work better with SMEs
CFN.o.uk – November 17, 2015: The public sector engagement with small firms needs to be improved, argues Memset's head of sales Nathan Johnston ....
6. Understanding open systems
With the government's policy that open standards must be considered when specifying technology requirements, better understanding of open standards must be encouraged. Most SMEs are early adopters of open source, but for the government open source solutions can be operated and maintained by multiple suppliers providing an opportunity for SMEs to compete in the government market.
This will lead to code sharing cultures, better citizen accessibility, and greater control over IT projects, potentially reducing the reliance on particular software developers or suppliers encouraging competition, addressing vendor lock-in and reducing commercial barriers to entry and exit for government. ...Full Story
UK Open Government Network after one year: 600 members and counting
EC Joinup – November 17, 2015: After one year, the UK Open Government Forum now has over 600 members. The platform was established by Involve in November 2014 on behalf of the UK Open Government Network (OGN). It aims to help coordinate work on the Open Government Partnership (OGP), and build and support the open government movement in the UK.
The Open Government Forum facilitates discussion groups focused on specific topics — e.g. open data, civil participation, and open contracting — and regions — e.g. Northern Ireland and Scotland....its members include representatives from charities, think tanks, campaign groups, NGOs, small businesses and governments.... ...Full Story
High Performance Computing Leaders Unite to Develop Open Source Framework
The Linux Foundation – November 16, 2015: The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced an intent to form the OpenHPC Collaborative Project. This project will provide a new, open source framework to support the world's most sophisticated High Performance Computing environments....For more than four decades, HPC has been used by universities and research centers for large-scale modeling and calculations required in meteorology, astronomy, engineering and nuclear physics, big data science, among others. With unique application demands and parallel runtime requirements, software remains one of the biggest challenges for HPC user adoption (See IDC Worldwide HPC Server 2015–2019 Forecast). Open source and Linux-based software components have become a standard way to reliably test and maintain stable operating conditions while providing a cost-effective means for scaling with data growth.... ...Full Story
New standards to help with expansion of digital health initiatives
Out-Law.com – November 16, 2015: A new standard aimed at enabling mobile devices to be used as a tool for testing hearing is to be developed, a standards setting body has announced. The IEEE Standards Association (SA) said "development work" has already started on the new standard. It said the aim of the standard is to "improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of first-level screening for hearing-impaired people".
The standard is one of a number of initiatives the IEEE SA said it is working on that are "designed to support plug-and-play, interoperable communications across e-health devices", it said.
The IEEE SA said work has also begun on a new standard which could help further embed 3D printing into health care.... ...Full Story
MIIT Issues Cloud Standardization Guidelines
USITO.org Weekly – November 13, 2015: On October 9, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the "Cloud Computing Comprehensive Standardization System Construction Guidelines," a detailed plan aimed at enhancing China's cloud computing development and standardization.
The Guidelines include a section that compares China's cloud technology development levels with foreign technology, as well as sections covering hardware, software, services, networks and security.
The Guidelines also identify four cloud areas in which China is aiming to develop a total of 29 cloud-related standards. The four areas are:
- Cloud foundation
- Cloud resources
- Cloud services
- Cloud security ...Full Story
MEN Micro establishes new working group
Men.Micro – November 13, 2015: MEN Micro Inc. said it has announced the establishment of a new working group within the PICMG standards association focused on extending CompactPCI Serial technology to space applications.
The new working group, Space CompactPCI Serial was initiated by PICMG member companies and well-known industry leaders, such as Airbus Defense & Space, Thales Alenia Space, and STI Spacetech....This group will focus on topics that include fault detection, environmental requirements unique to the space environment, provisions for high availability and the addition of serial interfaces such as SpaceWire, TT-Ethernet and Rapid I/O for inter-board communication.... ...Full Story
How VA and DOD Can Approach Data Standards and Interoperability -- Before Standards Are Established
TechInsider – November 12, 2015: For organizations like the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, patient safety and quality of care are paramount, thus, having the ability to seamlessly share medical data with each other, as well as with other providers, is critical. Consider for a moment, a service person's transition from active duty to veteran status. Patient records and critical medical history details must transition smoothly to ensure the patient receives appropriate, complete care at the right time.
As interoperability and information sharing efforts continue to pose challenges within the health care industry as a whole, standards must be developed so all entities can facilitate the transfer of data quickly, easily and efficiently. Even before such standards have been established, VA and DOD can strive for better interoperability and information sharing leveraging existing technologies used both in and outside of the health care industry.... ...Full Story
Entire editorial staff of Elsevier journal Lingua resigns over high price, lack of open access
Ars Technica – November 11, 2015: The entire editorial staff of the prestigious academic title Lingua have resigned in protest over the high cost of subscribing to the journal, and the refusal of the journal's publisher, Elsevier, to convert the title completely to open access. The open access model allows anyone, whether an academic or not, to read a journal online for free....Subscription prices for academic titles have been rising faster than inflation for many years, which means that libraries have been forced to drop some journals to pay for others that are more in demand....the editors of Lingua...are setting up their own, fully open-access journal.... ...Full Story
An absorbing and entertaining read (Five Stars)
Amazon customer Reviews – November 10, 2015: I actually read – and loved – the sequel, The Lafayette Campaign, first. I liked it so much, I rushed back to buy this book. I was not disappointed. It features the same engaging protagonist unraveling a really scary enigma in cyberspace. While it, too, is a cautionary cyber-thriller about how easily our dependence upon digital data could be used against us, it is so absorbing that I read it straight through well past my bedtime. I read a lot of books, but I review very few. Except for C. G. Cooper, this is the first time I have read two in a row by the same author and reviewed both. I am looking forward to more adventures of Frank Adversego from Andrew Updegrove. ...Full Story
European Parliament wants EU institutions to switch to open source
EC Joinup – November 10, 2015: The European Parliament calls upon the Commission "for the systematic replacement of proprietary software by auditable and verifiable open-source software in all the EU institutions, and for the introduction of a mandatory open-source-selection criterion in all future ICT procurement procedures".
The Parliament "strongly reiterates its call for the development, within the framework of new initiatives such as the Digital Single Market, of a European strategy for greater IT independence".
The call for a migration to open-source software is part of the very same 'Resolution on the follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 12 March 2014 on the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens' that was amended with a call on the "Member States to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden". The Members should "grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender".... ...Full Story
Linux Foundation throws its weight behind open APIs
InfoWorld – November 10, 2015: After bringing together disparate container work under the twin umbrellas of the Open Container Initiative and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, the Linux Foundation has set its sights on a new frontier: The API economy.
The goal of the Open API Initiative (OAI) is to build on top of the Swagger specification, a description system that makes APIs autodiscoverable and self-documenting, to create "a vendor neutral, portable, and open specification for providing metadata for RESTful APIs," according to the Linux Foundation. In plainer language, it's an attempt to make APIs easier to find, know about, and leverage....
APIs are now a pivotal ingredient in the creation and consumption of software and a central part of the way it's consumed.... ...Full Story
IEEE Advances New Standards and Forges New Partnership to Expand Interoperable eHealth Communications
IEEE-SA.org – November 10, 2015: IEEE [has] announced a new standard and two new standards development projects designed to support plug-and-play, interoperable communications across eHealth devices. Also, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Regenstrief Institute, an internationally respected, non-profit, medical research organization. The Regenstrief Institute houses the database for the LOINC® (Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes) standard medical vocabulary for exchanging health information between facilities....The MoU between the Regenstrief Institute (www.regenstrief.org) and the IEEE-SA allows for collaboration among the developers of LOINC and IEEE 11073™ standards. By supporting interoperable communications among both traditional medical devices and personal health devices, IEEE 11073 standards assist in the support of patients living independently with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, high blood pressure, stroke and atrial fibrillation....The new eHealth standard approved by the IEEE-SA is IEEE 2410™-2015, Biometrics Open Protocol Standard. The "BOPS" standard is intended to support continuous protection of biometric data by providing identity assertion, role gathering, multi-level access control, assurance and auditing. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (http://www.comsoc.org), the standard can be used with software running on a client device (such as a smartphone), a trusted BOPS server and an intrusion-detection system (IDS)....Meanwhile, development work has launched on IEEE P2650™, Draft Standard For Enabling Mobile Device Platforms To Be Used As Pre-Screening Audiometric Systems, and IEEE P3333.2.5™, Draft Standard For Bio-CAD File Format for Medical Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing.... ...Full Story
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