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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 NewsTC260 Increases Standardization Efforts on Data Security ProtectionUSITO.org Weekly
May 25, 2016 - On May 12, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee (TC260) held the commencement meeting of the Personal Information Security Standard Drafting Working Group in Beijing....The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) Cybersecurity Bureau Director-General, Zhao Zeliang,attended the meeting, and stated that this standards project is designed to implement President Xi's cybersecurity strategy to focus on protecting the people. In addition to personal information security specifications, the Drafting Working Group will also work on personal information protection guidelines. Gao Lin, TC260's Secretary General and Deputy Director-General for the MIIT Information and Software Department, announced that China's personal information protection standards and policies will focus on two aspects:
- Data collection requirements on information service providers and software design (the relevant national standard has already been submitted for approval)
- Big data management
According to Gao, standardization on data security protection needs to find a balance between regulation and industry promotion. Standards will act as a baseline, while upcoming policies in this area will determine how the standards are used and implemented. ...Full Story
SIPO Releases New Patent Guidelines
USITO.org Weekly May 23, 2016 - On May 12, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) issued three patent related guidelines: the Guidelines for the Determination of Patent Infringements (for Trial Implementation), the Rules of Evidence on Patent-related Administrative Law Enforcement (for Trial Implementation) and the Guidelines for Administrative Mediation of Patent Disputes (for Trial Implementation). The three documents are combined into a 176 page PDF document, which can be found here. These guidelines will be adopted and enforced by local patent administrative authorities.The guidelines for infringement have two major changes:
1) It deleted the clause about standard-essential patents (SEPs)
2) It deleted the clause about joint infringement
These changes were made to avoid controversy. ...Full Story
Public Comments Sought on Proposed Guidelines Regarding Cybersecurity Information Sharing
ANSI.org Weekly News May 20, 2016 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages all members and interested stakeholders to comment on nine recently released Request for Comment (RFC) documents regarding the development of effective voluntary standards and guidelines to foster information sharing on cybersecurity risks and incidents among private-sector entities and the federal government. Reflecting the work of the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization (SO), the RFCs were developed in response to the White House’s Executive Order 13691, Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing....The development of voluntary standards and guidelines will help companies work together with the federal government to quickly identify and protect against cyber threats. The RFC documents, which span a range of topics represented by the ISAO SO’s six Standards Working Groups (SWGs), are still under development, and ANSI encourages suggestions from stakeholders at this stage.
Comments are due by Friday, June 17, and can be submitted to the ISAO SO via the Draft Products page.... ...Full Story
SES Conference to Spotlight “New Frontiers in Standards and Conformity Assessment”
ANSI.org May 19, 2016 - SES-The Society for Standards Professionals has opened registration for its 65th Annual Conference, which will take place August 8-11, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt in Denver. The event may be of particular interest to managers of company standardization programs; people who design standardization programs or apply standards; government agencies applying management and standardization techniques; and organizations trying to improve their standards development process....Attendees will hear from expert panelists and moderators representing government, associations, academia, standards boards, and leading organizations and companies on a number of topics, with headline session topics to include:
- Harmonizations and Conformity Assessment—Challenges and Opportunities
- The Impact of the Legal and Regulatory Environments on Standards and Standardization
- On the Frontier: Standards for Tomorrow
- The Changing Landscape of Standards—Technological and Societal Impacts
- The Invisibility of the Virtual World—My Microwave Is Also My Smart Phone
- Bridging the Gap—Leveraging the Value of New and Seasoned Standards Professionals
- New Frontiers and Strategies with Digital Publishing.
Educational courses will be offered in conjunction with the conference. On Monday, August 8, attendees can register for “Fundamentals of Standards and Conformity Assessment: Basic Knowledge and Tools for Today’s Professional,” [AND]...“Industry Update on Intellectual Property Issues—Birds Eye View and Interactive Workshop"... ...Full Story
European Unified Patent Court goes Open Source Submitted
EU Joinup May 18, 2016 - The Unified Patent Court is the institution that will unify the management of patent claims across the member States reducing costs and complexity especially for the smaller patent holders.
To manage the workloads that will derive from managing claims and cases coming from many nations and in many different languages they need a set of tools that are extremely efficient and that can be adapted over time to the changing requirements of the stakeholders....
The team in charge of the project, led by Mark Craddock at Newport's branch of the UK Intellectual Property Office, had to create a brand new web site, Case Management System and a Collaboration platform from the ground up and after having consulted several vendors and suppliers they came to the conclusion that only Open Source based platforms would allow them to complete the difficult task at hand without having to invest a very large budget, depend on vendors proprietary platforms and wait for the long delivery plans dictated by large consulting companies.
The result is that...the UK IPO team has been able to deliver the project earlier than planned and under budget to the Unified Patent Court team.... ...Full Story
Finance industry bodies call for tech-neutral measures to address cyber risk
Out-Law.com May 17, 2016 - A group of trade bodies representing businesses from across the financial services sector has called on regulators and standards-setting bodies to ensure that measures they draw up to enhance cybersecurity are technologically neutral.
The bodies have drawn up new international cybersecurity, data and technology principles that they hope the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) will consider when setting "policies and standards regarding cybersecurity, data and technology"....the bodies said. "Policies that require specific technology requirements, detailed technical reviews or other processes by regulators will be reactive to the threat environment and to adversaries that seek to take advantage of vulnerabilities....The best approach for developing technology policies is open and transparent formulation and implementation, which allows stakeholders to provide meaningful input to regulators...." ...Full Story
IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative
IEEE May 16, 2016 - IEEE today announced the launch of the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS), a new IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) program to be sponsored by the IEEE Rebooting Computing (IEEE RC) Initiative in consultation with the IEEE Computer Society. Together, this group will ensure alignment and consensus across a range of stakeholders to identify trends and develop the roadmap for all of the related technologies in the computer industry.
The IRDS represents the next phase of work that began with the partnership between the IEEE RC Initiative and the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors 2.0 (ITRS 2.0). With the launch of the IRDS program, IEEE is taking the lead in building a comprehensive, end-to-end view of the computing ecosystem, including devices, components, systems, architecture, and software. The Methods of governance, reports, and strategic roadmaps developed by the ITRS and ITRS 2.0 will inform the IRDS within the IEEE-SA IC program.... ...Full Story
TC260 Sets Focus Based on President Xi's Recent Cybersecurity Meeting
USITO.org Weekly May 16, 2016 - On May 7, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee (TC260) held a symposium in Beijing to study and implement the main components of President Xi's recent speech on China's cybersecurity and informatization development.
At the discussion, TC260 committee members acknowledged that cybersecurity standards are a core component for national competition in cyberspace. Furthermore, the relationship between development and security, open and indigenous innovation and management and service all need to be considered when developing and implementing standards. ...Full Story
The Benefits, Challenges, a nd Potential Roles f or the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things
US National Telecommunications and Information Administration May 13, 2016 - Recognizing the vital importance of the Internet to U.S. innovation, prosper
and cultural life, the Department of Commer
ce has made it a top priority to
encourage growth of the digital economy and ensure that the Internet remains an open platform
for innovation. Thus, as part of the Department’s Digital E
conomy Agenda, the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is initiating an inquiry re
the Internet of Things
(IoT) to review the current technological and policy landscape.
this Notice, NTIA seek
s broad input from all interested stakeholders — including the private
, and civil society
— on the potential benefits and challenges of
these technologies and what role, if any, the U.S. Government should play in this area. After
he comments, the Department intends to issue a “
green paper” that identifies key
issues impacting deployment of these technologies, highlights potential benefits and challenges,
and identifies possible roles for the federal government in fostering the advancement of IoT
technologies in partnership with the private sector.... ...Full Story
Open wireless standards could chop city costs by nearly a third
ReadWrite May 13, 2016 - Choosing open standards could cut costs by 30 percent and promote more cities to utilize IoT, according to Machina Research.
The market intelligence firm predicts that by 2025 smart cities may spend $1.12 trillion on deploying smart tech, but might save up to $341 billion if they use open wireless standards instead of proprietary.
On top of the lowered cost for deployment, Machina also sees 27 percent more connected devices by 2025, if open wireless standards are adopted by smart cities and IoT providers.
Machina makes mention of two open standards, Bluetooth Low Energy and OneM2M, that are available to use without license....The current issue is IoT providers are bundling proprietary wireless tech with their deployment software, instead of utilizing open source alternatives....
230 companies — including AT&T, Samsung, IBM Europe, and Verizon — have backed the OneM2M standard. Even more have backed Bluetooth Low Energy, especially smart home manufacturers.... ...Full Story