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Government commits to Open Contracting Data Standard
UKAuthority.com – June 14, 2016: The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is to implement a standard for open data in contracting later this year as a first step towards its wider use in government.
The move towards implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) is one of the core features of the third Open Government National Action Plan, covering 2016-18.
It highlights the potential of the OCDS, which defines a common data model for the disclosure of data and documents at all parts of the contracting process. Developed by the international Open Contracting Partnership, it emphasises the iterative publication of data, making it reusable and creating summary records for the whole contracting process.... ...Full Story
Open Data 2.0
EU Joinup – June 13, 2016: Although there are large differences between countries in terms of the maturity of their strategies and levels of implementation, open (government) data has really taken off. After the initial phase of publishing as many datasets possible, attention is now shifting to the actual use of open data and the value that can be created. These new perspectives on open data were one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.... ...Full Story
ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on IT Seeks Global Experts for Working Group on Big Data
ANSI Weekly News – June 9, 2016: As big data continues to inspire innovative changes in industry and enhance the way organizations and stakeholders work together, standardization supportive of this field remains a top priority in 2016. Last year, efforts to support standardization related to big data were set in action when the International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology, launched JTC 1 Working Group (WG) 9 on Big Data....The JTC 1 WG 9 active programs of work under development include the following:
- ISO/IEC 20546, Information Technology-Big Data-Definition and Vocabulary, is an international standard that provides an overview of big data along with a set of terms and definitions. It provides a terminological foundation for big data-related standards, with the anticipated publication date of October 2018.
- ISO/IEC TR 201547-1, Information Technology-Big Data Reference Architecture-Part 1: Framework and application process, is a technical report that describes the framework of the big data reference architecture and the process for how a user of a standard can apply it to their particular problem domain....
- ISO/IEC TR 20547-2, Information Technology-Big Data Reference Architecture-Part 2: Use cases and derived requirements, is a technical report that decomposes a set of contributed use cases into general big data reference architecture requirements,...
- ISO/IEC 20547-3, Information Technology-Big Data Reference Architecture-Part 3: Reference architecture, is an international standard that specifies the big data reference architecture (BDRA). The reference architecture includes the big data roles, activities, and functional components and their relationships,...
- ISO/IEC 20157-4, Information Technology-Big Data Reference Architecture-Part 4: Security and Privacy Fabric, is an international standard that specifies the underlying security and privacy fabric that applies to all aspects of BDRA, including the big data roles, activities, and functional components.... ...Full Story
ITU hosts Conference on Space and the Information Society
ITU – June 8, 2016: The Global Conference on Space and the Information Society – GLIS 2016 – was held at the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, 6 - 7 June 2016 drawing attention to the fact that space and space applications have a major role to play in the shaping of a future "connected" world. GLIS 2016 was organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)....
The international community faces substantial challenges: digital divide, disaster management, cybersecurity, big data analysis and climate change, to name a few. The next years will see governments, industry, academia and NGOs work together in a new era of connectivity. A combination of factors, such as the implementation of the UN Space Development Goals, the deployment of new mega constellations and the launch of new digitalized systems will strongly contribute to reaching this goal. International organizations, such as the United Nations and its agencies, ITU and UNOOSA, along with the IAF, aim to extend cooperation in space to achieve a better connected world.... ...Full Story
Mozilla Foundation creates fund to improve open source security
V3.co.uk – June 8, 2016: The Mozilla Foundation has launched a $500,000 fund to improve the security of key open source projects.
The Secure Open Source Fund is intended to "provide security auditing, remediation and verification for key open source software projects", according to Chris Riley, head of public policy, writing on the Mozilla blog.
Riley said that the initial funding, which will cover audits of some of the most widely used code, is just the start and that he hopes other organisations will contribute to the Fund.... ...Full Story
OpenSwitch Moves Under Linux Foundation Umbrella Print
Linux Insider – June 7, 2016: The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it has taken the OpenSwitch Project under its wing.
OpenSwitch last year began as a joint project of Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Broadcom, VMware, Accton, Intel and Arista.
OpenSwitch is an open source, Linux-based network operating system, or NOS, that works with enterprise-grade switches from multiple vendors....OpenSwitch removes interoperability issues and complex licensing structures that are inherent in proprietary systems....Enterprise-grade switches move data packets among cloud service providers, ISPs, corporate intranets and VPNs, data centers, civil infrastructure and the Internet of Things, powering the Internet.
Traditional switches and NOSes have a proprietary, vertically integrated model that inhibits flexibility.... ...Full Story
Why open source will be critical to the future of SDDC
ZD Net – June 6, 2016: As hardware advances have slowed considerably in the face of Moore's Law becoming obsolete, data center deployments are becoming less focused on how powerful hardware is, and more focused on how best to leverage the power of that hardware with functional software. This transition to the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) presents a unique opportunity to bundle commodity server hardware with open-source software, freeing organizations from hardware vendors' onerous and expensive service and support contracts -- thereby allowing your IT dollar to stretch further.
The SDDC model allows for a greater level of abstraction, thereby allowing any commodity computing hardware or combination of hardware -- from different (likely competing) vendors -- to work together harmoniously on networking hardware that's similarly abstracted. This in turn allows resource allocation to be performed on demand, with resources programmatically available as required. This commoditized hardware can then be used in conjunction with other computing resources, such as public cloud providers or hybrid cloud deployments, which include data centers in geographically disparate locations. The key to achieving this interoperability is through open-source software.... ...Full Story
TC260 Increases Standardization Efforts on Data Security Protection
USITO.org Weekly – May 25, 2016: On May 12, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee (TC260) held the commencement meeting of the Personal Information Security Standard Drafting Working Group in Beijing....The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) Cybersecurity Bureau Director-General, Zhao Zeliang,attended the meeting, and stated that this standards project is designed to implement President Xi's cybersecurity strategy to focus on protecting the people. In addition to personal information security specifications, the Drafting Working Group will also work on personal information protection guidelines. Gao Lin, TC260's Secretary General and Deputy Director-General for the MIIT Information and Software Department, announced that China's personal information protection standards and policies will focus on two aspects:
- Data collection requirements on information service providers and software design (the relevant national standard has already been submitted for approval)
- Big data management
According to Gao, standardization on data security protection needs to find a balance between regulation and industry promotion. Standards will act as a baseline, while upcoming policies in this area will determine how the standards are used and implemented. ...Full Story
SIPO Releases New Patent Guidelines
USITO.org Weekly – May 23, 2016: On May 12, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) issued three patent related guidelines: the Guidelines for the Determination of Patent Infringements (for Trial Implementation), the Rules of Evidence on Patent-related Administrative Law Enforcement (for Trial Implementation) and the Guidelines for Administrative Mediation of Patent Disputes (for Trial Implementation). The three documents are combined into a 176 page PDF document, which can be found here. These guidelines will be adopted and enforced by local patent administrative authorities.The guidelines for infringement have two major changes:
1) It deleted the clause about standard-essential patents (SEPs)
2) It deleted the clause about joint infringement
These changes were made to avoid controversy. ...Full Story
Public Comments Sought on Proposed Guidelines Regarding Cybersecurity Information Sharing
ANSI.org Weekly News – May 20, 2016: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages all members and interested stakeholders to comment on nine recently released Request for Comment (RFC) documents regarding the development of effective voluntary standards and guidelines to foster information sharing on cybersecurity risks and incidents among private-sector entities and the federal government. Reflecting the work of the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization (SO), the RFCs were developed in response to the White House's Executive Order 13691, Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing....The development of voluntary standards and guidelines will help companies work together with the federal government to quickly identify and protect against cyber threats. The RFC documents, which span a range of topics represented by the ISAO SO's six Standards Working Groups (SWGs), are still under development, and ANSI encourages suggestions from stakeholders at this stage.
Comments are due by Friday, June 17, and can be submitted to the ISAO SO via the Draft Products page.... ...Full Story
SES Conference to Spotlight "New Frontiers in Standards and Conformity Assessment"
ANSI.org – May 19, 2016: SES-The Society for Standards Professionals has opened registration for its 65th Annual Conference, which will take place August 8-11, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. The event may be of particular interest to managers of company standardization programs; people who design standardization programs or apply standards; government agencies applying management and standardization techniques; and organizations trying to improve their standards development process....Attendees will hear from expert panelists and moderators representing government, associations, academia, standards boards, and leading organizations and companies on a number of topics, with headline session topics to include:
- Harmonizations and Conformity Assessment—Challenges and Opportunities
- The Impact of the Legal and Regulatory Environments on Standards and Standardization
- On the Frontier: Standards for Tomorrow
- The Changing Landscape of Standards—Technological and Societal Impacts
- The Invisibility of the Virtual World—My Microwave Is Also My Smart Phone
- Bridging the Gap—Leveraging the Value of New and Seasoned Standards Professionals
- New Frontiers and Strategies with Digital Publishing.
Educational courses will be offered in conjunction with the conference. On Monday, August 8, attendees can register for "Fundamentals of Standards and Conformity Assessment: Basic Knowledge and Tools for Today's Professional," [AND]..."Industry Update on Intellectual Property Issues—Birds Eye View and Interactive Workshop"... ...Full Story
European Unified Patent Court goes Open Source Submitted
EU Joinup – May 18, 2016: The Unified Patent Court is the institution that will unify the management of patent claims across the member States reducing costs and complexity especially for the smaller patent holders.
To manage the workloads that will derive from managing claims and cases coming from many nations and in many different languages they need a set of tools that are extremely efficient and that can be adapted over time to the changing requirements of the stakeholders....
The team in charge of the project, led by Mark Craddock at Newport's branch of the UK Intellectual Property Office, had to create a brand new web site, Case Management System and a Collaboration platform from the ground up and after having consulted several vendors and suppliers they came to the conclusion that only Open Source based platforms would allow them to complete the difficult task at hand without having to invest a very large budget, depend on vendors proprietary platforms and wait for the long delivery plans dictated by large consulting companies.
The result is that...the UK IPO team has been able to deliver the project earlier than planned and under budget to the Unified Patent Court team.... ...Full Story
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