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Departments lack common targets for implementing open-document standards
ComputerWorld.uk – November 13, 2014: Whitehall departments have begun to publish their plans on how to implement the government's open-document standards policy – but so far, each appears to be working to very different timescales. One department – the Treasury – has stated it won't see full implementation until as late as 2018....In September 2014, government departments were told to publish their implementation plans, which are expected to trickle through over the coming month.
Instead of the Cabinet Office publishing a single plan for all of the government, it seems to be the case individual departments will follow their own plans without any common targets.... ...Full Story
SAC Promotes Consortia Standard Pilot Programs
USITO.org Weekly – November 12, 2014: On October 31, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) held its fifth comprehensive deepening reform leadership meeting, according to a report on the AQSIQ website. The focus of the meeting was consortia standards pilot work.
Tian Shihong, Director-General of the SAC, presided over the meeting and delivered a keynote address. In his remarks, Mr. Tian encouraged legal and professional industry/trade associations to formulate and publish product and service standards based on market demands, calling this an important step in the establishment of a competitive technical standards system. He added that advancing consortia standards pilot work and developing consortia standards will be a key focus of relevant standardization government entities.
According to the AQSIQ website, Tian said that the SAC aims to provide formal announcements regarding the pilot programs, and continue work on strengthening relevant legal measures, including consortia standards involving patents and copyrights. ...Full Story
Office of the Federal Register Issues Final Rule on Incorporation by Reference
ANSI Weekly News – November 11, 2014: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)'s Office of the Federal Register (OFR) has issued its final rule on issues related to incorporation by reference (IBR) of voluntary consensus standards into government laws and regulations.
The final rule states that agencies must set out the following information in the preambles of their rule making documents:
1) Discussions of how the materials are reasonably available and, if they aren't, the actions the agency took to make the materials reasonably available to interested parties, and
2) Summaries of the content of the materials they wish to incorporate by reference.
In its comments on the rule, OFR declined to strictly define "reasonable availability," preferring instead to maintain flexibility and allow agencies to work directly with standards developing organizations (SDOs) and other publishers to make the material available. Further, OFR stated that requiring that all IBR-ed materials be available for free would "compromise the ability of regulators to rely on voluntary consensus standards, possibly requiring them to create their own standards, which is contrary to the NTTAA and the OMB Circular A-119."... ...Full Story
Government open standards - the curious case of Microsoft and the minister
ComputerWeekly.com – November 11, 2014: The UK government's decision earlier this year to commit to an open standard for sharing documents in the public sector was one of the more obscure parts of its digital strategy, and uncontroversial in the eyes of many outsiders. Only this week, government departments started releasing plans for publishing documents according to the mandate.
Most people would see little to argue with in the choice of a standard called the Open Document Format (ODF). It is widely used and respected, and is supported by the most popular word processor and spreadsheet products in the world – Microsoft's Word and Excel.
But Microsoft consistently opposed the policy, which the software giant saw as its last chance to overturn the UK government's broader plans for open standards. As emails seen by Computer Weekly reveal, the decision became an issue in the supplier's Seattle boardroom, and brought the lobbying powers of the software giant into full force in Whitehall.... ...Full Story
Why Shell, BP and PwC teamed up to launch platform-neutral IT4IT Forum
ComputerWeekly.com – November 10, 2014: Lack of IT integration and workload interoperability is pushing big enterprises such as Royal Dutch Shell to collaborate with IT providers and launch initiatives to develop IT standards to help them simplify IT management, cut integration complexities and save costs.
Shell, BP and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), along with IT suppliers Microsoft, IBM and HP, have launched the IT4IT Forum – a supplier-neutral consortium that provides enterprises with a reference architecture to simplify their IT `management, cut costs and improve IT efficiency.
The IT4IT initiative is aimed at helping companies' IT departments address the strategic challenges brought about by the changing IT landscape. The reference architectures will support management and execution across the IT value chain and will allow enterprise CIOs to deliver services faster and with reduced cost and risk, according to The Open Group, the consortium working to develop IT standards....Initiatives such as IT4IT hope to identify opportunities for cost reduction, freeing up funding for innovation. Gartner estimated that, for an IT department's budget of $1bn per annum, the initiative could save between 5% and 20% of the total.
Other members joining the IT4IT Forum include Achmea, AT&T, University of South Florida, Logicalis and Munich RE; and service providers Atos, Capgemini and Accenture.... ...Full Story
IT buyers must demand open standards as balance of power shifts in their favour
ComputerWeekly.com – November 10, 2014: ...The history of IT is one of numerous attempts to get interested parties around a table and agree how to make stuff work together. Most often, such initiatives have floundered on the simple truth that most hardware and software manufacturers have little to gain from being genuinely open. Why make it easy for users to switch away from your products, or to plug in other companies' products at the expense of your own?...Lack of standards leads only to single supplier dominance - the effective standard for PCs for 25 years has been Windows, and for all the benefits that has delivered, it still leaves many organisations locked into Microsoft.
The same is happening in the cloud today - Amazon Web Services has become the dominant player by building an ecosystem based on its technology and APIs. Azure and Google are playing catch-up - but with no interoperability between clouds. More than ever, users are demanding cloud standards to prevent a repeat of the past.... ...Full Story
China Promotes IPV6 Deployment in LTE
USITO.org Weekly – November 7, 2014: On November 2, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) jointly issued "Opinions on Promoting the Deployment and Application of IPV6 in LTE." According to the Opinions, China will initiate the "LTEV6 Project," leveraging construction and development of the LTE network nationwide.
Specific goals and tasks to guide and support IPV6 deployment include:
Ensuring new LTE networks support IPV6, ensuring VoLTE adopts IPV6, promoting adoption of mobile IPV6 businesses in CDN businesses, and improving the quality of network access for IPV6
Improving the ability of domestic LTE baseband chips and independent operation systems to adopt IPV6, accelerate usage of IPV6 in influential domestic cell phones... ...Full Story
Qualcomm Says FTC Is Investigating It
Wall Street Journal – November 6, 2014: Qualcomm Inc. 's problems with regulatory authorities have spread from China to its home country....The company said the FTC notified it about the probe in mid-September. Qualcomm said in the filing that the agency's focus includes "potential breach of FRAND commitments." That acronym refers to licensing patents in a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory way. Companies make a commitment to standard-setting bodies to license their patents on that basis.... ...Full Story
CAC to Unveil App Regulations
USITO.org Weekly – November 6, 2014: According to a report in the Shanghai Morning Post, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) is preparing to unveil regulations for apps.
According to the report, Beijing will serve as a pilot for app regulation, with the intention of eventual expansion nationwide.... ...Full Story
New IEEE 1904.1™ Conformity-Testing Standards and Program Designed to Foster Multi-Vendor Interoperability of EPON Equipment
IEEE.org – November 5, 2014: IEEE today announced three new standards for conformance-testing procedures for IEEE 1904.1™ "Standard for Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON)." Defining the industry's first set of test procedures to verify the compliance of EPON optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network units (ONUs) to IEEE 1904.1-2013, these new standards—together with the recently launched SIEPON Conformity Assessment Program—are intended to streamline implementation and testing of EPON equipment used to deliver business and residential fiber-access services globally.... ...Full Story
November 18 ANSI Webinar Focuses on ISO Climate Change Standards and Cities
ANSI Weekly News – November 5, 2014: On November 18th the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSI Cities Network) will host a free informational webinar from 2-3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time on the applicability of the climate change standards of the International Organization for Standardization to cities and local governments. ANSI is the U.S. national member body to ISO, a network of standards bodies from over 160 countries....The November 18th webinar will focus on the work program of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 207, Subcommittee (SC) 7, Greenhouse gas management and related activities, which primarily deals with measuring, reducing, managing and verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The requirements defined in ISO 14065:2007, Greenhouse gases - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition, are the basis for ANSI's accreditation program for organizations providing third-party validation/verification services for the reduction and removal of GHG. The standards published by SC 27 can be found on ANSI's webstore....To take part in the webinar, visit the webinar registration webpage. For more information about the ANSI Cities Network, visit www.ansi.org/cities. ...Full Story
Beijing IPR court to open this month
Xinhau News Service – November 4, 2014: BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- A special court for intellectual property rights (IPR) cases will open in Beijing early this month, said the Supreme People's Court (SPC) here Monday.
Two similar courts in Shanghai and Guangzhou will open by the end of this year,...In August, China's top legislature approved the SPC's plan to set up three special courts for IPR cases in an effort to improve efficiency and quality of trials in IPR cases.
The decision said that courts will focus largely on civil and administrative lawsuits regarding patents, new plant varieties, integrated circuit layout design and technological knowledge.
A regulation issued by the SPC on Monday added computer software to the list....According to him, the IPR court in Beijing will mainly hear administrative cases, in which plaintiffs sue governments for IPR violations. The IPR courts in Shanghai and Guangzhou will mainly hear civil cases....Chinese courts hear about 110,000 IPR cases annually and the number will continue to increase,..."IPR courts in China are very likely to be the busiest in the world," he said
Over 14,000 IPR crimes busted this year
Unifying judicial standards conducive to IPR protection
China to set up special IPR courts
Chinese lawmakers consider establishing special IPR courts
China strengthens IPR cooperation ...Full Story
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