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Automotive Grade Linux wants to help open source your next car
Tech Republic – July 15, 2016: ...The [Linux Foundation] started Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) to create open source software solutions for automotive applications. Their initial focus is on In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) and their long-term goals include the addition of instrument clusters and telematics systems. Already AGL has the likes of Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota on board and that list will only continue to grow....Instead of depending on a separate device to serve as the operating system to drive the platform, AGL will be a stand-alone platform...Because AGL is open source, car manufacturers won't be dealing with a collection of proprietary code that will work for a single model, only to have to turn around and purchase another collection of proprietary code for the next model. Instead, the manufacturer downloads the source for AGL and makes it work to their exact specifications each time. Couple this with the idea that, according to Emily Olin, senior PR representative for the Linux Foundation, most auto manufacturers don't want to hand over control to the likes of Google or Apple and AGL starts to make a lot of sense.... ...Full Story
A Call for Developing—and Using—Consensus Standards to Ensure the Quality of Cell Lines
NIST – July 14, 2016: Mainstays of biomedical research, permanent lines of cloned cells are used to study the biology of health and disease and to test prospective medical therapies. Yet, all too often, these apparent pillars of bioscience and biotechnology crumble because they are crafted from faulty starting materials: misidentified or cross-contaminated cell lines.
Writing in the June 2016 issue of PLOS Biology, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) call for "community action" to assemble a "comprehensive toolkit for assuring the quality of cell lines," employed at the start of every study.
As important, they assert, more researchers and laboratories should use the tools that already exist. The NIST authors point to the American National Standard for authentication of human cell lines, which can be implemented to detect cell-line mix-ups and contamination before embarking on studies of cancer or other research using human cells.
Unfortunately, the four-year-old standard has not been widely adopted, even though cell-line authentication is a growing priority among funders and publishers of research.
Cell lines are populations of clones: genetically uniform animal or plant cells that are bioengineered to proliferate indefinitely in culture....A "high level of confidence" in published research results requires valid underpinning data on methods and materials—cell lines, instrument performance and more, explain the researchers, who work in the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division of NIST's Material Measurement Laboratory. "One might argue that these control data are as important as the study data themselves."...The authors advocate using inclusive, consensus standards-setting processes—like the one used for human cell-line authentication—to address these needs as well as to seize new opportunities that are arising with the commercialization of genome-sequencing technologies.... ...Full Story
Automotive Grade Linux Releases Unified Code Base 2.0
AGL/Linux Foundation – July 13, 2016: Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative open source project developing a Linux-based, open platform for the connected car, today announced the release of AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) 2.0. Built from the ground up through a joint effort by automakers and suppliers, the AGL UCB is an In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI) platform that can serve as the de facto standard for the industry.
The latest version of the Linux distribution includes new features such as audio routing and rear seat display. Ideal for deploying navigation, communications, safety, security and infotainment functionality, the AGL UCB distribution is supported by a broad community of participants with significant contributions from AGL members.... ...Full Story
Agencies push for open standards across cloud services
GCN.com – July 13, 2016: Agencies are adopting a growing range of cloud solutions, but more-robust open standards would better support hybrid clouds and integrate cross-vendor workflows [according to the International Trade Administration's CIO Joe Paiva]....While the open standards for web services and application programming interfaces allow ITA to easily move and exchange data on the web, Paiva said, there are no standards for workflows across multiple clouds' application programming interfaces....Additionally, Paiva said he is pushing industry for open standards for workflow metadata as well, which would eliminate the need to use each vendor's proprietary coding and settings and allow agencies to easily modify workflows, data and the way data is presented.... ...Full Story
New EU directive requires critical infrastructure to improve cyber-security
SC Magazine – July 12, 2016: The European Parliament has passed this morning the new network and information security (NIS) directive, placing minimum standards for cyber-security on critical infrastructure operators.
Companies which supply essential services – such as energy, transport, banking, health or digital services such as cloud services and search engines – will be required to achieve minimum standards of cyber-security under new EU-wide rules adopted by the EU Parliament today.
The EU network and information security (NIS) directive sets common cyber-security standards and aims to step up cooperation among EU countries and service providers. According to its supporters, it will help prevent attacks on EU countries' interconnected infrastructure.... ...Full Story
Open Standards Simplify Integration And Enhance Performance Of Cloud-Based Access Control Systems
SourceSecurity.com – July 11, 2016: SIA is developing a BLE standard that will enable interoperability between mobile credentials and readers permanently affixed to physical structures
The rate of adoption of mobile credentials will progress quickly, because of its exciting value proposition
Cloud computing has been around for some time now, starting with the formal public Internet in 1990. But the nature of it has changed and evolved quickly and dramatically. Now, the cloud is becoming foundational to many emerging security applications, including mobile credentialing involving Near Field and Bluetooth communications, with the Internet of Things (loT) poised to come on strong as still another disruptive technology within the physical security space.... ...Full Story
Open Source Software Finds its Sweet Spot in the Public Sector
Public Sector Executive – July 8, 2016: ...It was some four years ago, with the founding of the Government Digital Service (GDS), that open source software first came into the public sector limelight. Under the direction of Liam Maxwell, Government CTO at that time, the 'Better for Less' report that he co-authored set out the policies that gave government IT management the remit to pursue the advantages of two specific technologies – cloud and open source software.
The success of cloud adoption has been clear to see. Throughout Central Government and increasingly at local level cloud solutions are transforming processes.
But what about open source? Mandates for the use of open standards have attracted much attention to the benefits of cost-savings and freedom from vendor lock-in, but evidence of wide scale implementation is less obvious. With the recent departure of Liam Maxwell and other GDS management, it is timely to take a quick review of what open source has achieved over the past four years and where it is heading.
The fact is, open source has established a valuable and important role in public sector IT, but not necessarily where you would expect and not where originally planned.... ...Full Story
Fantastic (Five Stars)
Alton L Gwaltney, Jr.
Amazon customer Reviews – July 7, 2016: Move over Ludlum, Clancy and Balducci, there's a great author here. Apparent knowledge of technology and government operations guarantees enjoyment of this nail biter. Descriptions of several locales adds to enjoyment. ...Full Story
The Linux Foundation Open Compliance Program Is Providing Resources for Licensing Professionals
Licensing Executive Society – July 7, 2016: Linux and open source software now provide fundamental infrastructure for many of the worlds' most successful industries and are being used to build the most innovative technologies of our time. Open source license compliance must be a focus for licensing professionals who work on transactions involving the creation, distribution, and use of such technologies. To address compliance concerns, as well as other important matters such as data security, it is necessary to understand the security and nature of the open source components included in software packages that are routinely delivered throughout the supply chain. Accordingly, preparing licensing professionals to tackle these challenges efficiently is critical to ensuring their clients are positioned to realize the benefits of the rapid innovation cycles and cost reductions of Linux and open source software.
In recognition of the foregoing, and their common dependency on these essential technology building blocks, companies have come together as part of the Linux Foundation Open Compliance Program to collaborate on the continuing evolution of efficient practices for handling ever more complex data regarding the packages in use. In particular, the Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX®) and the OpenChain Workgroups are establishing and automating best practices to ease open source compliance for companies and developers.... ...Full Story
Eclipse Updates Four Key IoT Projects, Launches a New One
Darryl K. Taft
eWeek – July 5, 2016: The Eclipse Foundation, which has been leading an effort to develop open-source technologies for Internet of things application development, announced that the Eclipse Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group has delivered new releases of four open-source IoT projects the group initiated over a year ago.
The four projects, hosted at the Eclipse Foundation, are Eclipse Kura 2.0, Eclipse Paho 1.2, Eclipse SmartHome 0.8 and Eclipse OM2M 1.0. These projects are helping developers rapidly create new IoT solutions based on open source and open standards....Eclipse IoT is an open-source community that provides the core technologies developers need to build IoT solutions. The community is composed of more than 200 contributors working on 24 projects. These projects are made up of over 2 million lines of code and have been downloaded over 500,000 times, Eclipse officials said.
Moreover, the Eclipse IoT Working Group includes 30 member companies that collaborate to provide software building blocks in the form of open-source implementations of the standards, services and frameworks that enable an open Internet of things.
In addition to updating four of its existing IoT projects, Eclipse also proposed a new one. Eclipse Kapua is an open-source project proposal from Eurotech to create a modular integration platform for IoT devices and smart sensors that aims to bridge operation technology with information technology.... ...Full Story
HTML5 has changed the internet but the world's now ready for HTML6
List of Standards updated!
EC Joinup – July 6, 2016: The CAMSS List of Standards and Technical Specifications has been updated according to the lists of recommended standards published by the Member States and the EFTA countries. An analysis on the NIFO Factsheets and other online resources has been performed in order to obtain the latest versions of these lists.
You can find the outcome of the analysis and the full list of standards in the List of Standards page within the CAMSS Community. ...Full Story
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