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Dell Targets Network Bottleneck with Switch Interface
Enterprise Tech – March 24, 2015: In an attempt to move software-defined networking off the drawing board and into the datacenter, Dell's networking unit is rolling out a switch interface as a standard API that attempts to abstract software between various network operating systems and silicon residing on a physical switch.
Dell Networking's Switch Abstraction Interface was submitted on Tuesday (March 10) to the Open Compute Project (OCP) for review. Dell said it expects early adoption of the open switch interface by the industry group, which was formed to develop new server, storage, networking and other hyper-scale datacenter components.... ...Full Story
GTSO Opens Talks to Set New Standards for Cannabis Edibles Industry
GTSO – March 20, 2015: Alongside its joint venture partner, Elevated Industries, Green Technology Solutions, Inc. is now engaged in talks to form a new industry association to provide certification, regulation and overall credibility to the rapidly rising cannabis edibles industry in North America.
Elevated Industries is a Canada-based company that owns unique formulations for frozen confections infused with cannabis extracts. GTSO formed a joint venture with Elevated Industries late last year to market and develop innovative new edibles products for the booming medical and adult-use cannabis markets sprouting up across the continent.... ...Full Story
Shake Up of Centuries Old System of Credit in Scholarly Communication: Project CRediT
Digital Science – March 19, 2015: We are pleased to announce some news that plans to shake up the old system of credit in scholarly communication!
Today, The Wellcome Trust and Digital Science introduce a new Contributor Role Taxonomy to provide a high-level classification of the diverse roles performed by individuals in the work leading to published academic research. The purpose of the CRediT Taxonomy is to provide transparency in contributions to scholarly published work. Attribution and credit will be able to be assigned to researchers undertaking a wide range of roles such as data curation, visualization and software programming.
Furthermore, the taxonomy will be published to the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) Data Dictionary and will lay the foundation for appropriate credit where it is due, fewer author disputes, and fewer disincentives to collaboration and the sharing of data and code....Digital Science and the Wellcome Trust partnered with two information industry standards organizations, CASRAI and the US-based National Information Standards Organization (NISO), to achieve broad community consultation in drafting the taxonomy and testing its fit with a range of scientific fields.... ...Full Story
ANSI Announces Accreditations under Pilot Programs for Eco-Labeling, Environmental Declarations
ANSI Weekly News – March 18, 2015: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, is pleased to announce the first six accreditations under two pilot programs that ANSI launched in 2014 to address eco-labeling and environmental declarations.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed standards that define different types of environmental labels: Type I, Type II, and Type III. One ANSI pilot program has focused on Type I environmental labeling scheme owners and the competence of eco-labeling certification bodies. The other ANSI pilot program has focused on program operators for Type III environmental labels and declarations, and the competence of certification bodies that verify/validate Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).... ...Full Story
Has the public sector finally overtaken the private sector?
Public Technology – March 17, 2015: Traditionally the public sector and UK government have been synonymous with the entrenched and dated methods so often associated with post-colonial institutions.
Vendor lock-in, proprietary systems, closed-door auctions and a general lack of contemporary technology awareness all have historically blighted this space.
However, in the last twelve months, the government has emerged as one of the leaders and biggest advocates of open source and the open API movement.... ...Full Story
Open ICT standards fundamental for small ICT firms
EU Joinup – March 16, 2015: Government use of open ICT standards are fundamental for smaller ICT companies and for innovation in society, concludes Professor Björn Lundell of the University of Skövde (Sweden), following a three-year research project. "Open standards promote a healthy, competitive market."
Open technical specifications are elementary to any government's Digital Agenda, says Lundell. In these policies, countries sets objectives for developing their digital market and define goals related to ICT, focusing on interoperability, standards and innovation.... ...Full Story
300+ Organizations Endorse xDTM Digital Transaction Management Standard
xDTM.org – March 13, 2015: The xDTM Standard Association (www.xDTM.org) announced the addition of sixteen C-level executives and security experts from some of the world's most trusted brands who have joined its Governing Board to advance secure, trusted online transactions through the xDTM Standard. The organization also announced the formation of a Technical Steering Committee to build upon the foundational work completed on the xDTM Standard by the Association's Governing Board. To date, more than 300 organizations worldwide have endorsed the xDTM Standard.... ...Full Story
Ikea Reveals Wireless Charging Furniture As WPC Declares 2015 The Year Of Cordless Charging
iDigital – March 13, 2015: Just in time for Samsung's Galaxy S6 inclusion of inductive charging, Ikea has now done its part to bring wireless charging to the mainstream. The furniture seller has announced its plans to include Qi -- the Wireless Power Consortium cordless charging solution -- to its furniture. That means instead of having a large console where you can place gadgets, you can simply place them on said furniture to restore power.
"We could see the technology arrive in many form factors, like arm chairs [for example]," states Ryan Sanderson. Sanderson works as the Air Charge Chair Infrastructure Application Group for the Wireless Power Consortium.... ...Full Story
NIST Invites Applications for the 2015 Standards Services Curricula Development Program
NIST Techbeat – March 12, 2015: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering financial support for the development of undergraduate and graduate-level curricula that integrate standards and standardization information and content into seminars, learning resources and courses. Accredited institutions of higher education, both nonprofit and commercial organizations; and state, local and Indian tribal governments located in the United States and its territories are eligible....NIST anticipates funding approximately two to eight projects in the $25,000 to $75,000 range. Projects are anticipated to run up to 18 months. Complete details on the Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program, including eligibility and the application and proposal processes are available on Grants.gov under Federal Funding Opportunity 2015-NIST-SSCD-01....Additional information on NIST work in standards education is available on the NIST Global Standards Information website. ...Full Story
Linked Data Platform 1.0 is a W3C Recommendation
W3C.org – March 12, 2015: The Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group has published a
W3C Recommendation of "Linked Data Platform 1.0." "Linked
Data" refers to an approach to publishing data that puts
linking at the heart of the notion of data, and uses the
linking technologies provided by the Web to enable the weaving
of a global distributed database. This specification defines a
set of rules for HTTP operations on Web resources, some based
on RDF, to provide an architecture for read-write Linked Data
on the Web.... ...Full Story
Orange, Telefonica, others form Fiware open source community
Telecompaper – March 11, 2015: Orange, Telefonica, Engineering and Atos have joined forces to create the Fiware open source community to support the evolution of standards for smart cities and their spread worldwide. The partners expect the Fiware Open Source Community to be fully operational in the middle of the year....Thanks to the open nature of Fiware specifications, multiple providers may emerge so that cities and application providers can avoid getting locked in.
Fiware standard APIs, combined with standard data models developed together with cities and application developers, will ensure portability and interoperability of smart city applications. This will allow to develop smart city applications for different cities at the same time, thus creating a market large enough to attract startups and small enterprises who will create new innovative services for citizens and businesses in urban areas....Fiware is an open source platform integrating a number of components making it easier to develop smart applications. It was created through a public-private partnership between more than 40 organisations and the European Commission. ...Full Story
Bluetooth SIG forms mesh working group
Rethink Wireless – March 11, 2015: As the Bluetooth community looks to dominate the smart home's short-range connectivity, it has become increasingly urgent that it supports mesh, one of the major advantages which 802.15.4-based rivals like ZigBee, 6LoWPAN and Google-backed Thread boast. The Bluetooth SIG has created a working group to explore a mesh standard, though it will still not have a working profile until next year....the SIG's work is necessary to create a standardized approach, for multivendor interoperability, and to ensure backwards compatibility with the Low Energy releases 4.1 and 4.2, and possibly the legacy 4.0 specifications. Standardization will take place in the 'profile' - the software definition that sits on top of the core spec. That allows multiple mesh profiles to be developed over time, supporting different use cases and future changes.... ...Full Story
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