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Notes on Document Conformance and Portability #2Alex Brown
Where is There an End of it? –May 8, 2009 - ...Conformance [with a standard] is, in reality, a complex topic. When we are considering the conformance of an office application there are really two distinct types of conformance at issue:
* Document conformance
* Application conformance
Simply put, document conformance is an assessment of whether the documents emitted by an application are as the specification says they must be; application conformance is an assessment of whether an application does what the specification says it must....
Document conformance and portability is a problem for ODF, as it is for any similar specification, and in recognition of this OASIS has wisely created the OASIS Open Document Format Interoperability and Conformance (OIC) TC who are busy working on the wider issues of conformance than those envisaged within ODF itself. This work is very important and I am very happy to see it underway.
OOXML needs to have a parallel activity, as its specification too will not, on its own, be sufficient to guarantee the degree of document portability or application interoperability that users rightly demand. This is a theme I hope to return to in coming blog entries over the next couple of weeks Full Story
How big should an open standard be? A real issue for Open Standards and FOSSRick Jelliffe
O\'Reilly Blogs –May 8, 2009 - I am very keen on modularity in standard technologies. Each standard is targeted and allows the selection of subsequent layers.
The basic reason is pragmatic: they work. Your implementation becomes a stack, which naturally causes libraries and therefore co-operation and re-use. The tops of the stacks can change as new ideas and technologies arise, without having to re-invent the wheel or lock their users in. When plurality is allowed, then market/bazaar effects can operate, where suppliers and demanders of technology don't have technical barriers to their preferred technologies.
So I think modular/layered/stacked standards need to be right-sized.
In fact, I would go as far as proposing the following rule of thumb: no open standard should make a technology that would take an experienced and expert developer more than one month (full-time) to develop....So I am favouring the term Open Technologies rather than Open Standards: meaning technologies and their enabling standards which don't exclude implementation for reason of size and complexity, just as much as for reasons of openness or language or timezone or IP or corporate afilliation or technological tradition. Full Story
Linus Torvalds on Why Users Aren\'t Flocking to LinuxScott Gilbertson
Wired.com –February 8, 2008 - ...according to Torvalds the reason Linux hasn't taken off is that most people are happy with the way things are. Full Story
Funding the Semantic Web: Dapper\'s Ad Network PlanMarshall Kirkpatrick
ReadWriteWeb –February 8, 2008 - The founders of the data extraction and API creation service Dapper announced this week that their aim is to leverage Dapper in the service of ad networks and derive a semantic index of pages around the web from that activity. They will launch their ad powering product at Ad:Tech in April. Essentially, it will perform ad funded indexing of the semantic web.
Here's how it will work: Dapper lets users identify and tag particular fields on any page. It then extracts the value in that field and makes it available in XML. As a result of this advertising activity, Dapper believes a substantial quantity of pages around the web could have fields of interest delineated and tagged with relevant terms. Relationships between pages and fields and terms and tags can all be extracted and analyzed from this aggregated activity. Full Story
News Feed Moved to Blog EntriesAndrew Updegrove
–November 30, 2019 - Going forward, news updates will be aggregated into periodic blog entries rather than displaying individually here. Full Story
U.S.-Based Chip-Tech Group Moving to Switzerland Over Trade Curb FearsStephen Nellis in San Francisco / Alexandra Alper
RISK-V CEO Calista Redmond commenting on the organization\'s decision to move to Switzerland –November 26, 2019 - A U.S.-based foundation overseeing promising semiconductor technology developed with Pentagon support will soon move to Switzerland after several of the group's foreign members raised concerns about potential U.S. trade curbs.
The nonprofit RISC-V Foundation (pronounced risk-five) wants to ensure that universities, governments and companies outside the United States can help develop its open-source technology, its Chief Executive Calista Redmond said in an interview with Reuters...
"From around the world, we've heard that 'If the incorporation was not in the U.S., we would be a lot more comfortable'," she said... Full Story
Google Launches OpenTitan Project to Open Source Chip SecurityKelly Sheridan
–November 12, 2019 - Google is teaming up with tech industry partners to launch OpenTitan, an open source project to strengthen chip security. The initiative will build reference design and integration guidelines for root-of-trust (RoT) silicon chips to be implemented in data center servers, storage devices, peripherals, and other technologies.
The goal is to give chipmakers and platform providers the ability to inspect and contribute to the design, firmware, and documentation of silicon chips. By open-sourcing the chip design, members of OpenTitan hope to make the process more transparent and secure. RoT chips can be used in server motherboards, network cards, laptops, phones, routers, and Internet of Things devices... Full Story
Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter Announce Content Authenticity Initiative to Develop Industry Standard for Content AttributionPress Release
–November 8, 2019 - At Adobe MAX, Adobe today announced the Content Authenticity Initiative, along with The New York Times Company and Twitter, aimed at developing an industry standard for digital content attribution.
The ability to provide proper content attribution for creators and publishers is critical to ensure trust and transparency online. Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter believe that creating a long-term solution is a shared responsibility among creators, technology, and media companies, and that joining forces will accelerate progress...
Adobe is developing an opt-in system that will allow creators and publishers to securely attach attribution data to content they choose to share. The framework is designed to let authors verify their content so that they receive proper attribution and provide consumers with an attribution trail to give them greater confidence about the authenticity of the content they\'re consuming...Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter plan to kick off the initiative at a summit along with a larger group of technology and media companies in the coming months.
Companies interested in participating in the Content Authenticity Initiative can learn more at http://www.adobe.com/go/content-authenticity or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Full Story
ANSI and USAID Announce Implementation of Standards Alliance: Phase 2
–October 30, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Standards Alliance: Phase 2. The public-private partnership will build upon the success of Phase I to support the capacity of developing countries in the areas of legal and regulatory framework, standards development, conformity assessment procedures, and private sector engagement.
The second phase of the Standards Alliance will involve collaboration with U.S. private sector partners, U.S. government experts, and USAID eligible countries over a five-year period. A key goal of Phase 2 is to help increase the capacity of developing countries to implement accepted international best practices to reduce instances of poor quality and unsafe products, services, and infrastructure. Ultimately, better adoption and implementation of international standards will improve the quality and safety of goods on a global scale.
The expansion of the program will also seek to create new avenues for bilateral partnership, and will pursue inclusive approaches to support gender balance and responsiveness, especially in fields related to science, technology, and innovation. In particular, the program will support balanced gender representation during events and in speaking roles... Full Story
ANSI, in Partnership with European Standardization Organizations, Releases Guidance Documents to Clarify the U.S. and European Standardization Systems
–October 28, 2019 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in partnership with three European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI, has released two guidance documents to increase understanding of the respective U.S. and European standardization systems. The documents are an outcome of long-term discussions between the ESOs and ANSI, to further enhance cooperation and transparency between the groups... Full Story