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Avoiding a Cloud Computing Armageddon

Cloud computing is all the rage today, with everyone from the U.S. Federal government to Apple herding us into a brave new world of remotely hosted data and services. As usual, we're rushing down a road before thinking about where it may lead.

Here We Go Again: How to Tell a Bubble When you See One

Oh my goodness. It's happening again. Will there be anywhere to hide this time, or are we already trapped — tied like poor little Pauline to the railroad tracks as the engine of another high tech bubble barrels down upon us.

FTC Seeks Input on Patent Holdup in Standards Development

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 17, 2011 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At intervals, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DoJ) have undertaken public initiatives intended to support the standards development process from the antitrust perspective. Well, they're at it again.

It's Time for Government to Back the Semantic Web

  • Consortiuminfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 13, 2011 10:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's 2011. Do you know where your Semantic Web is? Hmm. Good question. After so many years, one might wonder whether you should still care whether the Semantic Web ever makes it. Well, you should. Why? Because the more the Web is capable of doing, the more we can get out of it. And given how much we now rely on the Internet and the Web, we can't afford to allow either to be less than they are capable of being.

Where is There an End to Him?

It’s very rare for me to write a blog entry directed solely at what someone else has written, but there’s an exception to every rule. This one is directed at a posting by Alex Brown (of ODF/OOXML fame), entitled UK Open Standards *Sigh*. 

Pamela Jones and Groklaw: An Appreciation

It’s difficult to know where to begin in saying “goodbye” to Groklaw. What PJ and her many cohorts accomplished there has been unique in my experience. In many ways, Groklaw exemplified the transformational power that the Internet has brought to law, society, technology, and the advancement of all things open.

Open Network Foundation to Promote New Network Architecture

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 23, 2011 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This morning brings news of what may become another new and important consortium – the Open Network Foundation (ONF). This time the goal is to adapt network architecture to streamline its interoperation with cloud computing. And while the news is intriguing, the way in which it has been broken is a bit odd, on which more below.

Has the Battle for the Digital Car Been Won?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 18, 2011 9:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This week a new consortium was launched that may signal who will finally own the last great, unclaimed consumer computing platform – the automobile.

Do Royalty-Free Standards “Stifle Innovation?”

According to the Business Software Alliance, the UK government's new royalty-free standards policy will "inadvertently reduce choice, hinder innovation and increase the costs of e-government." 'Zat so?

U.K. Comes out for Royalty-Free Standards for Government Procurement

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 25, 2011 1:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The U.K. has become the latest country to conclude that for information and communications technology (ICT) procurement purposes, “open standards” means “royalty free standards.”

Best Practices in Open Source Foundation Governance – Part I

For some time now, I have been meaning to write a series of blog posts setting forth my views on best practices in forming and governing open source foundations.

Attachmate and the SUSE Linux Project: What's Next?

Recently, the future of the SUSE Linux Project (as compared to the Novell commercial Linux distribution based on the work of that project) has become rather murky, as reported by Pamela Jones, at Groklaw. Apparently, Novell is facilitating some sort of spin out of the Project, which is good but peculiar news.

Measuring in the New Year

  • Consortiuminfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 3, 2011 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Technology conquers all, right? Except football (American, that is). The pace of technology is wondrous indeed. No corner of our lives seems safe from digital invasion, from picture frames to pasta makers. For years now, we have been threatened with Internet-enabled refrigerators, and perhaps 2011 will see it so.

EC Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in Openness

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 21, 2010 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last Thursday the European Commission took a major step forward on the “openness” scale. The occasion was the release of a new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) which definitively endorsed the use of open source friendly standards when providing “public services” within the EU.  Too bad they didn't stop there.

A Call to Support a New Public-Private Partnership In U.S. Standards Development

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 13, 2010 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week NIST published a Request for Information that went entirely unnoticed in the press. It's goal is to assess the “Effectiveness of Federal Agency Participation in Standardization in Select Technology Sectors,” and it shouldn't be ignored.

Upgrading China's ITC Standards Strategy

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 10, 2010 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A variety of constituencies from the West have taken it upon themselves to reach out to China to "educate" the Chinese about the existing global standards development infrastructure, and to urge them to take part in that infrastructure in the same way as do other countries.

What We Do (and Don’t) Know about the Novell Patent Sale

Ever since the proposed acquisition of Novell by Attachmate Corporation there has been much curiosity, but almost no information, relating to the other major piece of the deal: the acquisition of 882 patents by a consortium led by Microsoft for $450 million.

Understanding the Novell Deal (and when we'll learn more)

Two days have now passed since Novell announced the high-level terms of its proposed sale, and so far the press has not been able to prize any additional details out of the parties involved.  But if you know how to read between the lines, there's a lot more information there for the taking.

When and How to Launch a Consortium

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 13, 2010 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I know, I know, you've always wanted to know, but have been too shy to ask. In this article, I review the situations where a new consortium should and — as importantly — should not, be formed. I also provide a decision tree for determining what activities a new consortium should undertake to increase the likelihood of its success, a description of the infrastructural elements needed to support these activities, and an indication of the stage of an organization's maturity at which the addition of each activity becomes advisable.

W3C Accepted as an ISO/IEC PAS Submitter on a “Take it or Leave it” Basis

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 9, 2010 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After sixteen years of working in parallel to the traditional standards infrastructure, the World Wide Web Consortium has taken an interesting decision: to begin submitting selected W3C Recommendations to that same system for endorsement.

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