Latest NewsMIIT Vice Minister Huai Provides Overview of Big Data StrategyUSITO.org
November 25, 2015 - Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Vice Minister Huai Jinpeng participated in a discussion forum in Shenzhen on big data development, offering keynote remarks that were subsequently published on the MIIT website. In his remarks, vice minister Huai emphasized that data is one of China's strategic resources, a critical factor behind modern innovation and an engine of China's future social and economic development.
Huai then introduced the seven key objectives for China's big data industry development, as articulated in the Action Plan to Promote Big Data Development, which was published in early September 2015:
- Implement China's Big Data national strategy, starting with top-level leadership coordination
- Support key Big Data technology R&D and commercialization
- Integrate China's Big Data strategy into the Internet Plus and China Manufacturing 2025 strategic framework
- Promote the establishment of a Big Data standards system
- Encourage the application of Big Data technologies, including through the creation of special experimental or pilot areas
- Strengthen Big Data infrastructure development
- Improve the legal system governing Big Data ...Full Story
IEEE Introduces New Regulations to Standardize 3D Printing Software Used in Medical Settings
3DPrint.com November 24, 2015 - 3D printing is becoming a pretty player in the medical industry, with 3D printed prosthetics, surgical models, and implants being used with increasing regularity in hospitals, dental offices, and clinics. With new technology, of course, comes new regulation. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has recently unveiled new interoperability standards for 3D printers and other electronic devices used in the medical field.... ...Full Story
IoT Groups Merge Efforts OIC taps UPnP, eschewing rival AllSeen
EETimes November 23, 2015 - The Open Interconnect Consortium will acquire assets of and combine its technologies with those of the Universal Plug and Play Forum, a fifteen-year old group focused on automating links between PCs and peripherals typically over Wi-Fi. By adopting the UPnP’s widely used service discovery software and likely many of its members, OIC will bolster its position as an applications-layer software stack for the Internet of Things.
All sides agree the IoT is encumbered with too many competing and overlapping platforms, networks, protocols and frameworks as the result of a land grab for what is seen as the next big thing.... ...Full Story
How open source can bring agencies to the cloud
Federal Times November 23, 2015 - Cloud computing has fundamentally changed how the world works, innovates and connects .From businesses and governments to individuals, we are all finding ourselves interacting in new and meaningful ways .Yet, according to IDC, only 6 percent of federal government applications run in the cloud.
Open source could be the key in spurring more cloud adoption across federal agencies. Here are two examples:
- GSA’s internal digital consultancy, 18F, recently launched Cloud.gov, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) built on the open source framework Cloud Foundry.
- The Department of the Interior recently relaunched DOI.gov using the open source software Drupal as a PaaS to create a better approach to managing website content.
With open source comes open standards and application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable the extensibility, interoperability and portability needed for federal agencies to meet higher expectations in launching new services quickly, adding infrastructure when needed and identifying new opportunities to engage citizens .The GSA and DOI examples represent a dramatic shift for the federal government as many agency innovators seek to employ agile methods and drive faster cloud adoption.
The open architecture that open source provides is critical for agencies to build, ship and run applications across the cloud .New applications can be spun up in seconds, dynamically changed, scaled and are portable across different cloud environments.... ...Full Story
ANSI Requests Comments on SAC’s “Association Standardization—Part 1: Guidelines for Good Practice”
ANSI Weekly News November 20, 2015 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requests stakeholder comments on the draft guidance document “Association Standardization-Part 1: Guidelines for Good Practice,” published by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC). The promotion of association standards is a key component of China’s plan for deepening standardization reform. ANSI members interested in contributing to ANSI’s submission should use the linked form and provide their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, November 18.
Earlier in 2015, China’s State Council released a plan for deepening the reform of China’s standardization system....While association standards are a relatively new category of standards in China, the guidelines, which ANSI has been closely monitoring, will play an important role in shaping their growing influence under the reformed system.
ANSI will use the ANSI Essential Requirements and accreditation of U.S.-based standards developing organizations as the basis for its feedback and encourages members to submit their comments to ANSI for consideration while developing its submission. ANSI also encourages members to submit comments through their own organizations, or to send comments and feedback to ANSI for information, rather than inclusion in its submission.... ...Full Story
Home › Policy & Industry News Policy & Industry News MIIT Issues Cloud Standardization Guidelines
USITO.org November 19, 2015 - The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the "Cloud Computing Comprehensive Standardization System Construction Guidelines," a detailed plan aimed at enhancing China's cloud computing development and standardization.
The Guidelines include a section that compares China's cloud technology development levels with foreign technology, as well as sections covering hardware, software, services, networks and security.
The Guidelines also identify four cloud areas in which China is aiming to develop a total of 29 cloud-related standards. The four areas are:
- Cloud foundation
- Cloud resources
- Cloud services
- Cloud security ...Full Story
NASA, FCC, USDA lean on open source to propel IoT forward, DoD less so
Molly Bernhart Walker
Fierce Goverment November 19, 2015 - As the sensors and connected technologies that make up the Internet of Things find a home in the federal government, many agencies believe the adoption of open source technology will ensure that innovation isn't happening in silos.... ...Full Story
Book Review: The Lafayette Campaign
The Security Sceptic November 18, 2015 - ...The Lafayette Campaign is entertaining beyond how Frank discovers and ultimately thwarts election fraud. It's quite the maze of twisty turns passages. But Updegrove mercilessly lampoons primary campaigns and campaign funding, and given how the 2016 presidential campaign is proceeding, you may find yourself wondering just how closely art is imitating life here. Frank's investigation is technically credible yet plainly explained for Average Joes and Josettes. And Andrew's character development of Frank and the supporting cast continues to be refreshing. The good guys are people you'd like to meet in real life and the villains are manipulative, greedy bastards you'd like to avoid.
Andrew Updegrove has veered from the customary formula for a suspense novel but his formula is fun. I'm looking forward to future adventures with Frank Adversego. ...Full Story
What Happened to the Semantic Web?
Blogspot.cz November 18, 2015 - Over the last 15+ years, the same question about the Semantic Web has been posed innumerable times: "Are we there yet?"
In this post, I will demonstrate that as expected , its arrival was without fanfare, but we are inarguably there.
In recent times, major search engine vendors (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Yandex), in collaboration with the W3C and others, created a shared vocabulary referred to as schema.org . This contribution to the ongoing evolution of the Web was an effort to include islands of structured data, constructed to be comprehensible by both humans and machines, within HTML documents. Rather than taking a "bottom up" approach, Schema.org went "top down" from the outset, and Web Masters were their chosen target audience.
Schema.org doesn't mandate any specific notation for construction of these structured data islands, since it's basically an application of RDF's abstract language, and fundamentally represents structured data as subject->predicate->object sentences ("triples") or Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV) data structures.
By leveraging the fact that RDF Language is notation agnostic, structured data islands can be constructed and embedded within HTML documents using: "POSH" (Plain Old Semantic HTML), HTML5+Microdata, RDFa, JSON-LD, RDF-Turtle, and others. As a consequence, no perceived problem with any specific notation gives cause to indict the entire project, and there is likewise no need to go on a distracting quest for a single golden notation....The fundamental goal of the Semantic Web Project has already been achieved. Like the initial introduction of the Web, there wasn't an official release date — it just happened! ...Full Story
Radio spectrum allocated for global flight tracking
ITU-T November 18, 2015 - Agreement has been reached at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva on the allocation of radiofrequency spectrum for global flight tracking in civil aviation.
The frequency band 1087.7-1092.3 MHz has been allocated to the aeronautical mobile-satellite service (Earth-to-space) for reception by space stations of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) emissions from aircraft transmitters.... ...Full Story