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Wednesday, June 29 2016 @ 03:05 PM CDT
Monday, June 08 2015 @ 01:20 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Last July, the UK Cabinet Office adopted a rule requiring government purchasers to limit their technology acquisitions to products that implement an established list of “open standards.” Last week, Sweden took another step down the same road as it further refined a list of information and communications technology (ICT) standards. That list currently comprises sixteen standards. A posting at the European Commission EU Joinup Web site reports that other standards are to be added this year.
Monday, September 15 2014 @ 09:57 AM CDT
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
OpenForum Europe, an advocacy group focusing on IT openness in government, issued a press release earlier today announcing its launch of a new public Internet portal. At that site, anyone can report a government page that offers a document intended for collaborative use for downloading if that document is not available in an OpenDocument Format (ODF) compliant version. The portal is called FixMyDocuments.eu, and you can show your support for the initiative (as I have) by adding your name here (the first supporter listed is the EU's indominatable digital champion, Neelie Kroes).
Friday, January 04 2008 @ 06:24 AM CST
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
This is the fifth chapter in a real-time eBook writing project I launched and explained in late November. Constructive comments, corrections and suggestions are welcome. All product names used below are registered trademarks of their vendors.
Chapter 5: Open Standards
One of the two articles of faith that Eric Kriss and Peter Quinn embraced in drafting their evolving Enterprise Technical Reference Model (ETRM) was this: products built to "open standards" are more desirable than those that aren't. Superficially, the concept made perfect sense – only buy products that you can mix and match. That way, you can take advantage of both price competition as well as a wide selection of alternative products from multiple vendors, each with its own value-adding features. And if things don't work out, well, you're not locked in, and can swap out the loser and shop for a winner.
But did that make as much sense with routers and software as it did with light bulbs and lamps? And in any event, if this was such a great idea, why hadn't their predecessors been demanding open standards-based products for years? Finally, what exactly was that word "open" supposed to mean?
To answer these questions properly requires a brief hop, skip and jump through the history of standards, from their origins up to the present. And that's what this chapter is about.
Friday, December 28 2007 @ 12:07 PM CST
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
This is the fourth chapter in a real-time eBook writing project I launched and explained in late November. Constructive comments, corrections and suggestions are welcome. All Microsoft product names used below are registered trademarks of Microsoft.
Chapter 4 – Eric Kriss, Peter Quinn and the ETRM
By the end of December 2005, I had been blogging on ODF developments in Massachusetts for about four months, providing interviews, legal analysis and news as it happened. In those early days, not many bloggers were covering the ODF story, and email began to come my way from people that I had never met before, from as far away as Australia, and as near as the State House in Boston. Some began with, "This seems really important – what can I do to help?" Others contained important information that someone wanted to share, and that I was happy to receive.
One such email arrived just before Christmas in 2005. In its entirety, it read:
Enjoy reading your consortiuminfo blog ... keep it up.
Happy New Year,
This was a pleasant and welcome surprise. Until the end of September, Eric Kriss had been the Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance, and therefore Peter Quinn's boss. Together, they had conceived, architected and launched the ambitious IT upgrade roadmap that in due course incorporated ODF into the state's procurement guidelines.
Monday, December 10 2007 @ 07:05 AM CST
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
This is the third chapter in a real-time eBook writing project I launched and explained in late November. Constructive comments, corrections and suggestions are welcome. All Microsoft product names used below are registered trademarks of Microsoft.
This chapter was revised at 8:30 AM on 12/11/07, most significantly by adding the "Lessons applied" section.
Chapter 3: What a Difference a Decade Can Make
In 1980, Microsoft was a small software vendor that had built its business primarily on downsizing mainframe programming languages to a point where they could be used to program the desktop computers that were then coming to market. The five year old company had total revenues of $7,520,720, and BASIC, its first product, was still its most successful. By comparison, Apple Computer had already reached sales of $100 million, and the same year launched the largest public offering since the Ford Motor Company had itself gone public some twenty-four years before. Microsoft was therefore far smaller than the company that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had formed a year after Bill Gates and Paul Allen sold their first product.
Moreover, in the years to come, PC-based word processing products like WordStar, and then WordPerfect, would become far more popular than Microsoft's own first word processing (originally called Multitool Word), providing low-cost alternatives to the proprietary minicomputer based software offerings of vendors like Wang Laboratories. IBM, too, provided a word processing program for the PC called DisplayWriter. That software was based on a similar program that IBM had developed for its mainframe systems customers. More importantly, another program was launched at just the right time to dramatically accelerate the sale of IBM PCs and their clones. That product was the legendary "killer app" of the IBM PC clone market: Lotus 1-2-3, the spreadsheet software upon which Mitch Kapor built the fortunes of his Lotus Development Corporation.
Sunday, December 02 2007 @ 02:07 PM CST
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
This is the second chapter in a real-time eBook writing project I launched and explained last week. The following is one of a number of stage-setting chapters to follow. Comments, corrections and suggestions gratefully accepted. All Microsoft product names used below are registered trademarks of Microsoft.
Chapter 2 – Products, Innovation and Market Share
Microsoft is the envy of many vendors for the hugely dominant position it enjoys in two key product areas: PC desktop operating systems – the software that enables and controls the core functions of personal computers - and "office productivity software" – the software applications most often utilized by PC users, whether at work or at home, to create documents, slides and spreadsheets and meet other common needs. Microsoft's 90% plus market share in such fundamental products is almost unprecedented in the technical marketplace, and this monopoly position enables it to charge top dollar for such software. It also makes it easy for Microsoft to sell other products and services to the same customers.
Microsoft acquired this enviable position in each case through a combination of luck, single-minded determination, obsessive attention to detail, and a willingness to play the game fast and hard – sometimes hard enough to attract the attention of both Federal and state antitrust regulators. Early on, Bill Gates and his team acquired a reputation for bare-knuckle tactics that they sometimes seemed to wear with brash pride. Eventually, these tactics (as well as tales of Gate's internal management style) progressed from industry rumors to the stuff of best sellers, like Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire.
With the emergence of the Web, of course, the opportunity for widely sharing stories, both real (of which there were many) and apocryphal, exploded. Soon Web sites such as Say No to Monopolies: Boycott Microsoft enthusiastically collected and posted tales of alleged technological terror and dirty deeds. More staid collections were posted at sites such as the Wikipedia. The increasing tide of litigation involving Microsoft, launched not only by state and federal regulators but by private parties as well, generated embarrassing documents. Such original sources were not only difficult to deny, but almost impossible to repress in the age of the Web - and of peer to peer file sharing as well.
Moreover, while Bill Gates and his co-founders rarely displayed the creative and innovative flair of contemporaries like Apple's Steve Jobs, neither were they troubled by the type of "not invented here" bias that sometimes led other vendors to pursue unique roads that sometimes led to dead ends.
Sunday, November 25 2007 @ 02:51 PM CST
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
For some time I've been considering writing a book about what has become a standards war of truly epic proportions. I refer, of course, to the ongoing, ever expanding, still escalating conflict between ODF and OOXML, a battle that is playing out across five continents and in both the halls of government and the marketplace alike. And, needless to say, at countless blogs and news sites all the Web over as well.
Arrayed on one side or the other, either in the forefront of battle or behind the scenes, are most of the major IT vendors of our time. And at the center of the conflict is Microsoft, the most successful software vendor of all time, faced with the first significant challenge ever to ione of its core businesses and profit centers – its flagship Office productivity suite.
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“Through this Notice, NTIA seek s broad input from all interested stakeholders...on the potential benefits and challenges of [the Internet of Things]and what role, if any, the U.S. Government should play in this area
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Latest News3GPP works out work programme for first 5G specificationsKeith DyerThe Mobile Network
June 29, 2016 - The first formal specifications for 5G technology from 3GPP will define New Radio technology, and will be ready in June 2018, despite a request from an influential group of operators for a slightly different timeline.
3GPP, the body that consolidates and defines specifications for mobile technology into standards authorities, has released its workplan for Release-15 (R15) – showing how specifications for a New Radio interface, in frequencies both below and above 6GHz, will be taken forward.The body said that it hopes to start defining the next generation architecture in December 2016, and then the 5G New Radio in March 2017. Standards will be frozen in June 2018.... ...Full Story
European Commission Issues Plans to Modernize EU's Standardization Policy
ANSI.org Weekly News June 28, 2016 - This month, the European Commission released a communications proposal detailing initiatives to modernize the European Union’s standardization policy, in order to keep pace with global technological developments, political priorities, and other international trends. The Commission intends to modernize the European Standardization System (ESS) in cooperation with industry, European Standardization Organizations (ESOs), small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and all other interested stakeholders. It also announced next steps on the Joint Initiative on Standardization (JIS), which aims to reinforce the partnership between the European institutions and the greater standardization community.
Detailed in its Single Market Strategy, the Commission is focused on a single and coherent ESS that “adapts to the changing environment, supports multiple policies, and brings benefits and predictability to consumers and businesses.” Standards, which are strategic assets for boosting competitiveness, also support the service economy and help ensure the quality and safety of products and services.
As outlined in the Commission’s press release, the plan will serve the standardization community and related stakeholders by:
- Providing greater clarity on service standards and how they can be used;
- Helping the Commission and standard setters identify problems and gaps where European service standards could be most useful;
- Encouraging more effective and targeted development of European service standards in the areas where they can be most beneficial to businesses and consumers;
- Helping remove and reduce national barriers faced by service providers; and
- Promoting greater awareness of standards.... ...Full Story
American Bar Association Resolution on IBR Scheduled for August Vote
ANSI Weekly News June 27, 2016 - A proposed American Bar Association (ABA) Resolution encourages Congress to amend the Administrative Procedure Act to require agencies to make standards that have been incorporated by reference (IBR) accessible, without charge, to members of the public – at minimum: online, read-only access to the incorporated portion of the standard. The Resolution further requests that agencies review their historical incorporations by reference, and make such arrangements for these standards as well, or amend or repeal the regulation to eliminate the incorporation by reference....The Resolution will be up for vote before the ABA House of Delegates in August 2016.... ...Full Story
Publication of SES 3:2016, Recommended Practice for Joint Standards Development
SES.org June 24, 2016 - SES - The Society for Standards Professionals is pleased to announce the publication of a Recommended Practice for Joint Standards Development to provide guidance to Standards Development Organizations by outlining the key components of a Joint Standards Agreement and a recommended process for managing the development of Joint Standards.
Recent trends indicate an increase in efforts where two or more organizations enter into an agreement for the development and publication of a Joint Standard. These Joint Standards may have industrial, commercial, or consumer application, with use on a national, regional, or international level.
Joint Standards development can be accomplished through a variety of legal paths including contracts and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), collectively referred to as the Agreement. Key components of a Joint Standards Agreement include scope and purpose, policies, process, dispute resolution, branding and publication, marketing and distribution, and maintenance....
SES 3:2016 is a great companion to SES 2:2011, Model Procedure for the Development of Standards, which addresses all of the essential due process requirements for standards development.... ...Full Story
MIIT Opens Applications for Cybersecurity Pilot Projects
USITO.org Weekly June 20, 2016 - On June 8, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Network Security Management Department published a notice calling for 2016 Cybersecurity Pilot Projects in the telecommunications and internet industries. This is a continuation and expansion of last year's MIIT-led Pilot Program. Both notices made reference to the Guiding Opinions on Strengthening Telecommunications and Internet Industry Network Security Work (MIIT 2014: No. 368), which was first released in August 2014 and bore a strong resemblance to the original CBRC guiding opinions, emphasizing "secure and controllable" and a cyber review of "critical network products".
The announcement outlines key areas of focus for pilot projects, which includes cybersecurity threat monitoring and risk analysis, anti-DOS, data security and user information protection, domain system security, and cybersecurity solutions for emerging technologies such as cloud, big data, mobile Internet, IoT, connected cars, mobile payment, etc.
For companies interested in submitting a project proposal, the form requires that they disclose their key technology plan, including function chart, key technical indicators, and implementation process. The "Telecom and Internet Industry Cyber Security Pilot Projects Report Form" is available on the MIIT website and the application deadline is August 31. ...Full Story
Open Versus Closed: Addressing The IoT Standards Problem
Forbes.com June 17, 2016 - When it comes to developing software for Internet of Things (IoT) projects, some companies are adopting open standards that everyone can share and adopt, while others are building and using their own.
Here, nine technology experts and members of Forbes Technology Council offer their thoughts on how the standards issue will play out as consumers demand devices that can “talk” to each other, and more and more companies get into the game.... ...Full Story
Identity and Access Management for Smart Home Devices: Seeking Feedback on Concept Paper
NCCoE June 16, 2016 - Summary
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability of everyday objects (things) to connect to the internet and to send and receive data. This includes cameras, home automation systems, and industrial control systems. It is estimated that there are already 6.4 billion connected devices, and by 2020, there will be 20 billion. Industry experts agree that in spite of this projected growth, IoT technology is immature and lacks adequate security safeguards.
The NCCoE is seeking comments from industry on the challenges of identification, authentication, and authorization for devices in the IoT space; specifically requirements for authentication and authorization of autonomous non-person entities (NPE) found in smart home devices. Areas of interest include the following:... ...Full Story
InfoComm International Releases New Standard for Display Image Size
Infocomm International June 15, 2016 - InfoComm International...is pleased to announce the release of a new standard for sizing displayed images for audiovisual systems: ANSI/INFOCOMM V202.01:2016, Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual Systems....
Display Image Size for 2D Content in Audiovisual Systems determines required display image size and relative viewing positions according to two defined viewing needs: basic decision making and analytical decision making. These two viewing categories are derived from ANSI/INFOCOMM 3M-2011 Projected Image System Contrast Ratio (PISCR). Image height, image resolution, and the size of image content are all prescriptive elements when determining required image size. The standard also addresses closest and farthest viewing distances, as well as relative horizontal and vertical viewer locations. It provides formulas to design and display content when encountering limitations in an environment. In addition to the standard, InfoComm will be providing a calculation/assessment tool on its website for determining proper display image size based on viewer needs....
"Until now, the AV industry has used guidelines that served their purpose in a different era, but whose provenance and basis could not be verified. The task group went back to basics and also referenced leading research and military standards," said Greg Jeffreys, Director of Visual Displays Ltd. and moderator for the standard task group. "As a designer and maker of large-screen displays, this standard will have a significant impact on my professional work. It will enable me to help clients to define what a good user experience comprises, and it gives me the tools and metrics to deliver just that."
"Content has historically been a part of the design consideration for image size. Content description, however, has been vague and its interpretation has been up to the designer," said Dick Tollberg, CTS®-D, Senior Design Engineer for AVI-SPL and member of InfoComm's Standards Steering Committee. "Before the standard, there was no way to quantify content in such a way that the designer could ensure that the image size was correct. The standard gives direction to the creators and presenters of the content, while allowing the designer to use familiar methods to determine the correct image size for a given room. If the designer and the content adhere to the standard, the designer can guarantee that the image size will be satisfactory for all room participants." ...Full Story
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Data Integrity Building Block
U.S. Federal Register June 15, 2016 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites organizations to provide products and technical expertise to support and demonstrate security platforms for the Data Integrity Building Block. This notice is the initial step for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in collaborating with technology companies to address cybersecurity challenges identified under the Data Integrity Building Block. Participation in the Data Integrity Building Block is open to all interested organizations.... ...Full Story
Government commits to Open Contracting Data Standard
UKAuthority.com June 14, 2016 - The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is to implement a standard for open data in contracting later this year as a first step towards its wider use in government.
The move towards implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) is one of the core features of the third Open Government National Action Plan, covering 2016-18.
It highlights the potential of the OCDS, which defines a common data model for the disclosure of data and documents at all parts of the contracting process. Developed by the international Open Contracting Partnership, it emphasises the iterative publication of data, making it reusable and creating summary records for the whole contracting process.... ...Full Story