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Cloud Industry Forum partners with Data Centre Alliance to push for industry transparency Cloud SaaS
CBR – April 14, 2014: Non-profit bodies representing the cloud and data centre industries have partnered in order to hold cloud computing companies to account.
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Data Centre Alliance (DCA) said they hope the move will help create common standards of transparency, trust and security across cloud and data centre providers.
The bodies are formed of industry experts, and another goal of the partnership will be to educate end users of cloud and data centre services on the issues they need to be aware of.
The DCA's executive director, Simon Campbell-Whyte, said: "The widespread adoption of cloud computing has highlighted the need for a common standard that ensures transparency, capability and accountability amongst both cloud service providers and data centres.... ...Full Story
ITU Conference sets agenda for future ICT development
ITU-T – April 14, 2014: The Dubai Action Plan, adopted today by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference, sets the agenda for telecommunication and information and communication technology development over the next four years.
Under the theme 'Broadband for Sustainable Development', the Conference focused on development priorities and agreed on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. The theme underlines ITU's commitment to leverage broadband as a catalyst to meet the goals of sustainable development.
The Dubai Declaration states that "Universal and affordable access to telecommunications and information and communication technologies is essential for the world's economic, social and cultural development, and contributes to building a global economy and information society. Widespread access to and accessibility of telecommunications and information and communication technologies applications and services provide new socio-economic opportunities for all people."... ...Full Story
Wireless Innovation Forum Announces New Spectrum Standard Specification Project
Wireless Innovation Forum – April 11, 2014: The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the approval of a new project aimed at the development of an open, cross-domain standard specification and an open-source reference implementation of that specification available to the public.The Open Standard Spectrum Resource Format (Open SSRF) is a project of the Forum's Spectrum Innovation Committee....SSRF is a government specification published by the Military Communications Electronics Board and is issued under the authority of DOD Directive 5100.35. SSRF is aligned with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Office of Spectrum Managements Data Dictionary (OSMDD) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Spectrum Management Allied Data Exchange Format – eXtensible Markup Language (SMADEF-XML). The specification defines standard data elements for the automated exchange of radio-frequency (RF) spectrum-related data.... ...Full Story
ISO 20022 Payment SEG Approves Standalone Remittance Messages Submitted by IFX Forum
IFX Forum – April 11, 2014: The Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX; http://www.ifxforum.org) Forum, which took the lead role in a collaborative effort to develop a new international standard for standalone electronic remittance messages, today announced that the ISO 20022 Payment Standard Evaluation Group has approved this submission, and the messages will soon be published as part of the ISO 20022 standard.
The IFX Forum, a submitting organization to ISO 20022, is an international non-profit industry association whose mission is to develop and promote the adoption of its open, interoperable standard for financial data exchange. Remittance information is exchanged between a buyer and a seller to "explain" a payment. ISO 20022 is an international standard for financial services messaging, with a repository containing descriptions of messages and business processes.... ...Full Story
AIM Partners with Industry Leaders to Launch RAIN RFID Alliance
AIM org – April 11, 2014: AIM, a leading industry association and worldwide authority on barcode, RFID, RTLS and mobile computing, announced the formation of the RAIN RFID Alliance, bringing together industry leaders dedicated to promoting the international adoption of UHF RFID.
The name RAIN, which stands for RAdio-frequency IdentificatioN, symbolizes the synergy between UHF RFID and the cloud as well as the infinite presence of UHF RFID tags and applications. The RAIN RFID Alliance (RAIN) will promote awareness, education, programs, and initiatives to accelerate the growth and adoption of ISO–IEC 18000-63 / UHF Gen2 RFID in business and consumer applications worldwide.
Founding Alliance members, Google, Impinj, Intel and Smartrac join AIM to launch this effort.
The Alliance will begin accepting members immediately,... ...Full Story
Granta Launches Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium
Granta – April 11, 2014: At today's SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI, Granta Design announced the launch of the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium ('AutoMatIC'). This new industry collaboration will bring together OEMs and suppliers in the automotive and off-highway vehicle sectors to develop best practice for materials information and its use. It will help these members as they aim to increase engineering productivity, lower costs, improve product performance, lower risk associated with materials supply and regulations on restricted substances, and make the most of investments in simulation and PLM. AutoMatIC is modeled on two projects that have pioneered the industrial application of materials information technology: the Material Data Management Consortium (MDMC) and the Environmental Materials Information Technology (EMIT) Consortium.
Accessing accurate materials data within CAD—one of the important capabilities that will be enhanced and applied through the work of the Consortium.
In a climate of aggressive deadlines, major redesigns, and reduced physical prototyping, the automotive industry is acknowledging the strategic importance of accurate, controlled materials information. This information is essential to initiatives involving virtual product development, materials substitution, supply chain qualification, certification, and risk assessment. Automotive organizations also need to keep up with a rapidly-evolving materials landscape, understanding and applying innovations in areas such as higher-strength steels and composite materials. Good materials data and effective materials decisions are essential in optimizing product designs for global manufacturing, 'lightweighting', and emissions reduction.
A strong base of technology already exists to manage materials information, deploy it for use, and turn it into material intelligence that can have business impact. The AutoMatIC project will further enhance this technology for automotive applications. Competitive advantage will accrue to member organizations, as they will be able to adopt and apply these tools with maximum speed and effect as well as benefiting from sharing experiences and networking with other members at regular Consortium meetings.
The Consortium will begin an initial three-year phase in June. Founding members will be announced before the first meeting later this year and are expected to include leading OEMs and suppliers from the US and Europe. The project is open to any organization in the relevant sectors interested in applying materials information technology....In supporting the work of the Consortium, Granta will provide members with access to technology, data, and project work including: software to manage corporate materials data; innovative tools to integrate materials data into CAD, PLM, and simulation; leading reference data sources on automotive steels, lightweight alloys, polymers, and composites; and the outcomes of collaborations in areas such as data generation for steel and composite crash models, and restricted substance reporting.... ...Full Story
Consortium launches platform to share data from cancer trials
Healio.com – April 10, 2014: The Life Sciences Consortium of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer today announced the launch of the Project Data Sphere initiative, a platform designed to facilitate the sharing, integration and analysis of data from phase 3, comparator arm cancer trials. The platform, developed with SAS Institute Inc., will provide cancer trial datasets from academic and commercial institutions, as well as analytic tools to all registered users.... ...Full Story
Call to fix interoperability of office suites
EU Joinup – April 9, 2014: Last week Monday, five European public administrations published a new call for tender, to further improve interoperability between free and open source office suites and the ubiquitous proprietary alternative....one of the main features to be developed concerns change tracking between open source and proprietary office suites. The public administrations issuing the call want to improve the specification of change tracking, and make this part of the Open Document Format ISO standard.
This precision should clear the way for the proprietary software vendor to implement ODF's track changes in its office suite, explains Svante Schubert, an open standards expert who helped write the tender specification. "The Microsoft Office suite currently strips change tracking information from ODF documents, making the exchange of ODF documents impossible with inveterate users such as legal departments."... ...Full Story
Document Liberation Project aims to break vendor lock-in
InfoWorld – April 9, 2014: ...The new Document Liberation Project, sponsored by The Document Foundation, seeks to collect samples of all known document formats, document them, and build import filters so they can be imported into open source software like LibreOffice...."Frequently, these old files cannot be opened by any application. In fact, the users are locked out of their own content, and the most common reason for this inability to access old data is the use of proprietary file-formats that result in vendor lock-in," Strba commented in the news release....The new Document Liberation Project aims to draw in more developers, document more file formats, and ultimately empower open source software to access and rescue the data defunct or vendor-deprecated software has rendered unusable. An important goal is to help governments, companies and individuals migrate to the Open Document Format (ODF) standard as a long-term storage format for their creative work.... ...Full Story
Government plan to adopt ODF file format sparks standards debate in UK
PCWorld – April 9, 2014: The U.K. is moving to a system where citizens can exchange information with the government digitally by default....
The recommendation of HTML for browser-based editable text and PDF as the default for non-editable documents is uncontroversial, as they can both be read on most computer platforms.
However, when it comes to exchanging drafts of documents between government departments, or between government and citizens or suppliers, the choice of an editable file format is proving more controversial....The term OOXML has been used to refer to a number of related but distinct file formats....The ISO standard is split into four parts, three of them defining the "strict" parts of the format while the fourth defines so-called "transitional" features used to describe legacy documents created in older versions of Microsoft Word....Office 2013 and Office 365 can open, edit and save both strict and transitional variants of ISO/IEC 29500. Office 2010 can handle transitional documents, but requires an add-on to open and edit the strict format, and can't save it, according to Microsoft's website. Office 2007 can't handle the strict variant at all. Office 2003 can open, edit and save only the transitional format, and for that requires an add-on....However, even citizens using a version of Microsoft Office bought in the last seven years can handle ODF files. Office 2007 and 2010 can open and save ODF 1.1 files, while Office 2013 can open and edit ODF 1.1 and 1.2 files, although it can only save them as ODF 1.2, according to the Microsoft Office blog...."In contrast with the situation for ODF, there is today unfortunately no open source project that provides effective support for the ISO standard 29500, strict OOXML," he said.
One reason for that could be that the standard itself is insufficient to create applications that can reliably exchange files with one another. A study conducted by Europe Economics for the European Commission in 2012, Guidelines for Public Procurement of ICT Goods and Services, found: "The technical specifications of this ISO standard include references to proprietary technology and brand names of specific products. Further, the specification of this ISO standard is not complete (i.e. the technical specification contains references to an external website (www.microsoft.com) which refers to webpages that are not currently available."... ...Full Story
London Book Fair 2014: Open Source for an Open Publishing Ecosystem: Readium.org Turns One
PublishersWeekly.com – April 8, 2014: Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the formation of the Readium Foundation (Readium.org), an independent nonprofit launched in March 2013 with the objective of developing commercial-grade open source publishing technology software. The overall goal of Readium.org is to accelerate adoption of ePub 3, HTML5, and the Open Web Platform by the digital publishing industry to help realize the full potential of open-standards-based interoperability. More specifically, the aim is to raise the bar for ePub 3 support across the industry so that ePub maintains its position as the standard distribution format for e-books and expands its reach to include other types of digital publications.
In its first year, the Readium consortium added 15 organizations to its membership, including Adobe, Google, IBM, Ingram, KERIS (S. Korea Education Ministry), and the New York Public Library. The membership now boasts publishers, retailers, distributors and technology companies from around the world, including organizations based in France, Germany, Norway, U.S., Canada, China, Korea, and Japan.... In addition,...the first three projects being developed by members and other contributors are all nearing "1.0" status.... ...Full Story
.NET Foundation Established to Foster Open Development
.NET Foundation – April 8, 2014: At the Build 2014 conference today, Microsoft Corp. announced it is creating an independent .NET Foundation to foster open development and collaboration around the growing collection of open source technologies for .NET. It will serve as a forum for commercial and community developers alike to strengthen the future of the .NET ecosystem by promoting openness, community participation and rapid innovation....As a first step, the .NET Foundation welcomes feedback on how best to frame the organization for those building .NET applications across the diverse world of connected devices and services.
The .NET Foundation will start with 24 .NET open source projects under its stewardship. Some of the more noteworthy projects that will be hosted by the .NET Foundation include the newly announced.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") as well as the ASP.NET family of open source projects, both open sourced by Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech). Xamarin will contribute six of its projects including its open source email libraries: MimeKit and MailKit.
Many of the .NET developer technologies are already open source for areas such as Web apps, cloud apps, services and partner cross platform apps. In addition, the .NET Foundation includes new open source offerings that augment the existing .NET open source ecosystem such as the newly announced .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn"). These projects will be actively developed and fully supported by MS Open Tech, while their addition to the .NET Foundation will increase the level of transparency and community contributions.... ...Full Story
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