The Standards Blog


Sunday, September 18th, 2005 @ 11:35 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 2,842

If you visit Groklaw, you know about The Daemon, the Gnu and the Penguin, a new book by Peter Salus being serialized there, with a new chapter appearing each Thursday. Of course, if you don't visit Groklaw, you probably wouldn't want to admit it, since Groklaw has long been one of the "be there or be square" hangouts on the Web for those of the open source persuasion and their fellow travelers.

Saturday, September 17th, 2005 @ 11:36 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 2,623

When John Winthrop thrust the colonists of Massachusetts in 1630 into the role of an example to the world, did he set the psychology in place for a decision by a Massachusetts CIO 375 years later?

Sunday, September 11th, 2005 @ 11:37 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 3,417

Nothing lasts forever. Not you. Not me. And certainly not consortia.

Saturday, September 10th, 2005 @ 11:37 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 4,350

What do 13 nations concerned with Open ICT Systems and 13 European companies wanting to roll the U.S. and Japan in middleware have in common? They both made major announcements this week.

Thursday, September 8th, 2005 @ 12:34 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 4,459

What's important about a standards story? Well, that depends on your audience, doesn't it?

Friday, September 2nd, 2005 @ 12:36 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 4,616

The profile of the Semantic Web continues to rise with an increasing number of interesting and diverse articles in the press and on line. Here are some more.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005 @ 12:37 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 4,847

It seems that this is the week that the Ontologists and the Anarcho-Populists are taking to the streets to debate the One True Way to the Next Generation of the Web.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 @ 12:38 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 5,737

Last time around, DARPA had a clean slate to work with when it commissioned the Internet. Building the Next Generation of the Internet will be like a design competition to renovate a building that's in use, with a Zoning Board to satisfy, a hostile Neighborhood Association, and who knows what else.

Monday, August 29th, 2005 @ 12:39 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,759

Last Friday meant leaving the out of doors behind and returning home, but it also meant being reunited after two full weeks with the New York Times at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, which softened the transition. As I sat on the plane home, I saw an article on page that provides an appropriate theme upon which to end this series blog of entries.

The article is entitled Top Official Urged Changes In How parks Are Managed, and reports that a deputy assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior (and also a political appointee of the current administration) named Paul Hoffman has submitted 194 pages of suggested revisions to the policy document that governs the operation of the Nation’s national parks.

Sunday, August 28th, 2005 @ 12:41 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 3,018

One night this trip, I camped on a high plateau about a quarter mile from a generous spring that maintains its flow throughout the summer. The plateau is riddled with horse trails, so I decided to walk down to the spring early the next morning to see if I could find them drinking at the break of day.


There are tens of thousands of wild horses in Nevada (not to mention a smaller number of wild burros), the descendants of stock that escaped from Spanish explorers and settlers in the 1600s. Like antelope and deer, they compete for the grass that cattle eat. But unlike antelope and deer, they are not game animals, and thus are seen by many as a nuisance that competes with more desirable animals for available forage. Others, both local and from away, admire their beauty and spirit.