Recap of the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality

Posted on May 10th, 2017

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Late last year, we published a blog post letting you, our readers, know about an exciting one-of-a-kind event hosted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an affirming partner of the OpenStand principles and leading advocacy group for web standards. We are happy to report that The Web & Virtual Reality Workshop turned out to be a productive, positive, inspiring (and fun!) event.

Held in Mountain View, CA, the workshop set out to to examine the intersection of Web and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. Practitioners of both technologies were brought together, allowing the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of experiences to improve the Open Web Platform as a delivery system for virtual reality experiences. The 120 participants were made up of browser vendors, headset and hardware manufacturers, VR content providers, designers and distributors.The workshop also sought to create an environment for VR practitioners, and those in related fields, to share their experiences with making the Web a successful platform for VR. Discussions ranged from difficult to impossible VR use cases and future standards and timelines for the Web to be successful as a VR platform. According to W3C, “the secondary goals were also met and exceeded in productive discussions that took place at the workshop in ten one hour-long focus sessions.” The sessions were formatted with a short topical introduction, then a group discussion and summary. Session topics included:

  • VR user interactions in browsers
  • High-performance VR on the Web
  • 360° video on the Web
  • Depth Sensing on the Web (Ningxin Hu, Intel / Rob Manson,
  • Link traversal, are we there yet? (Fabien Benetou, Freelance)

The workshop concluded with a standardization of the VR landscape, put together by input from all attendees and the discussions that were had. “The landscape analysis identified existing W3C standardization work that was seen beneficial to VR, recommendations for new standardization work, as well as longer-term standardization targets to explore.”

Read more about the workshop and what was accomplished, as well as view presentations and slides, here via W3C’s official recap.

Continued collaborative discussions around cutting-edge Web technology like VR is critical. Creating conversations around open standards and technological advancements across technology industries is the key to success on all fronts.

Did you attend the workshop? If so, what did you think? If not, what do you hoped was discussed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Building an Understanding of the Semantic Interoperability for the Web of Things

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

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Late in 2016, a group of organizations closely tied to the advancement of Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, came together to publish a white paper entitled Semantic Interoperability for the Web of Things. This paper demonstrates the critical need for organizations in the space to work together towards consensus building, driving development, and standardization for accelerated IoT market growth.

The participating organizations included:

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity.
  • The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI), an organization dedicated to strengthening the dialogue and interaction between the IoT stakeholders in Europe and to contribute to the creation of a dynamic European IoT ecosystem.
  • oneM2M, the global standards initiative for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and IoT.
  • The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international consortium where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards.

In a press release announcing the publication, Dave Raggett, W3C lead for the Web of Things, claims, “The joint white paper is a valuable initial step for building a common understanding across organizations about the vital role that semantic descriptions can play in enabling interoperability.”

The white paper also set forth a mission statement on the critical needs for semantic interoperability in IoT and served to set the tone for an open discussion that will help drive the necessary collaboration, convergence, and alignment of this interoperability. Cross-organizational efforts such as these will push forward progress, and as white paper editor Paul Murdock states, the paper “focuses the conversation and further challenges the community to develop an open and shared roadmap for semantic interoperability that will drive further growth in the IoT.”

As regular readers of this blog, and/or supporters of the OpenStand Principles, know, we are continuously supportive of efforts to increase and encourage the development of market-driven standards that are global and open, in IoT and beyond. These types of collaborative efforts among giants in our industry are going to be crucial in the next several years as the internet and IoT continue to grow and develop.

Interested in contributing to the discussion of open standards? Become an OpenStand advocate by signing your name on our website as a supporter of these principles.

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Annual W3C Meeting Drives Towards an Open, Interoperable, and Decentralized Web for Everyone

Posted on April 27th, 2017

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In late 2016, 550 experts in Web technologies gathered in Lisbon, Portugal to address challenges and new opportunities for the future of the Web’s technical roadmap and standardization work. This massive undertaking was hosted and guided by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an affirming partner of the OpenStand principles and leading advocacy group for web standards.

The W3C has a mission “to lead the Web to its full potential” by standardizing Web technologies. Working towards that mission, the annual W3C Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) meeting included nearly 40 sessions of formally chartered groups engaged in standards-related work. Another 40 informal break-out sessions discussed emerging technologies that may benefit from standardization work at W3C. The keynote address, given by

Web Inventor and W3C Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee, encouraged these Web experts to work towards the vision of an open, interoperable and decentralized Web for everyone in the world.

In a W3C press release following the event, Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, commented that  “Members of the W3C and the larger Web community carry a great responsibility to shape the future of Web technologies. Most people take for granted that the Web just works for them, but the foundational technologies that make the Web work for everyone are developed by highly skilled and dedicated technology experts in the W3C community. This year’s TPAC meetings underscored the importance and impact of W3C’s work.”

The technical discussions of the W3C chartered groups were lead by advancements to the Open Web Platform and specific industry requirements for the next generation Web. Those include:

AccessibilityWCAG 2.0 is the foundational standard for accessible Web sites and is widely adopted worldwide by governments and organizations.

Telecommunications – The Web Real Time Communications Working Group is bringing audio and video communications anywhere, on any network.

Open Web Platform – The CSS Working Group completed six new Recommendations in 2016 and has 22 more in Candidate Recommendation phase, including Flexible Box Layout level 1. The Web Platform Working Group has advanced HTML 5.1 to Candidate Recommendation status and expects it to become a standard in the Fall. At the same time, the group has already released a First Public Working Draft of HTML 5.2. Expanding media capabilities, Media Source Extensions (MSE) is on track to become a Recommendation in early November. The Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) has proposed a revised timeline to complete test suite work in response to new resource support from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

To read more about these advancements and specific industry requirement discussions, click here.

Organizations such as W3C are continuing to host such large scale meetings, and the resulting discussions do much to further the work towards open standards. By continuing to discuss and innovate, these organizations encourage the development of market driven standards that are global and open—enabling standards without borders and driving innovation for the benefit of humanity.

To learn more about OpenStand, check out our OpenStand infographics.


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Open Standards Help Enable Innovation in Governments

Posted on April 19th, 2017

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Governments are learning that open standards can make the cost of government’s digital services more sustainable by helping them to adapt to changing needs and technologies.

Take, for example, the UK. As this video from ukcloud shows, they’ve come a long way to creating more sustainable public sector digital services. Just a few years ago, the UK cloud market was dominated by only a handful of companies. Public sector IT solutions were built on proprietary platforms that locked customers in and stifled innovation and agility. It also left those customers responsible for increases in support and maintenance costs.

To combat this, the UK developed their “Digital by Default” strategy. This strategy was created to change the way the government worked with their suppliers, including:

  • The “Cloud First” policy: designed to consume technology as a service rather than buying inefficient and underutilized silos.
  • The “Digital Marketplace”: a virtual space that makes it quick and easy for the public sector to procure compliant cloud services from a wide range of vendors where the service portfolio is regularly refreshed.

The UK Government G-Cloud has created an open marketplace. G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies of commodity information technology services that use cloud computing. Where once eight companies ruled cloud services, now there are 2,726 providers with 30,000 cloud based offerings.

G-Cloud has also helped rapidly revolutionize the way many public service sectors use cloud services. This digital evolution is seen as one of the best in world. It also gave rise to the Digital by Default Service Standard.

The Digital by Default Service Standard is a “set of criteria for digital teams building government services to meet. Meeting the standard will mean digital services are of a consistently high quality. This includes creating services that are easily improved, safe, secure and fulfill user needs.”

Open marketplace and open competition is the best way to keep from seeing, or returning to, the locked in, proprietary digital landscape of the past. The principles of open standards also work to prevent that from occurring. There is a way, as the UK has shown, for governments to be agile, cost effective, and setup for innovation.  

Interested in learning more about how governments can benefit from Open Standards or have something to contribute to the conversation? Let us know in the comments below!


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Are We “Addicted” to Technology?

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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We know that standards are developed through consensus and that the relationship between society and technology is highly complex and involves continual sharpening of each other. As much as technology has played an important role in evolving our global community, people often worry that we are addicted to tech such as our phones, social media or GPS. This concept is at the heart of Andrew L. Russell’s book, Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks.

Russell, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, takes readers through an interdisciplinary history of information networks that pays close attention to the modern politics of standardization. The primary focus of the book is on the larger concept of how openness became a foundational value for networks of the twenty-first century.

In looking at that, Russell examines our reliance on technology and how that reliance has shaped society at large. His findings include digging into the relationship between technology and society, how they are reliant on each other, and their constant interaction. Through his research, Russell found that at various points throughout the twentieth century there existed a very close correlation between engineers and societal values they expressed. Because of that, they developed technology based on those values. At other points, those connections were less correlated. In those times, people worried that the technology had a momentum of its own.

Because today we are connected via mobile devices to the internet 24/7, there is a growing concern that society is “addicted” to various technologies. Have we lost total control? On a larger scale, corporations and countries have been able to push technology or influence society, particularly when it comes to military technological innovations. However, there is a predictable progression regarding standards and how they fit into the technological shift.

In the beginning of a new technology, there are no standards. As both the technology and the social interactions between designers mature, we see patterns, routines, and standards float to the surface. While the way technology and society work together varies, the way standards work with accompanying the technology doesn’t.

Learn more about Russell’s book and how the “rhetoric of openness has flourished” by ordering a copy of Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks.

In addition, our friends at IEEE have developed an excellent six-part series looking at the concepts of the book, and they are a great guide as you read.
What are your thoughts on the book? Do you think we as a society are addicted to technology or is technology necessary for our continued evolution as a species?

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Internet Heavy Hitters Lobby for More Open Internet

Posted on April 5th, 2017

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Recently, a group of Internet giants lobbied new U.S. President Donald Trump to cut Internet regulations.

The group, consisting of Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, are lobbying for better trade agreements and more lax regulation to support the freedom and growth of the Internet. In addition, the proposal covers areas such as protecting fair use in online copyright law, lowering taxes on intellectual property profits and increasing net neutrality to foster a free and open Internet.

An article from Computer Business Review points out many of the highlights of this lobbying effort as well as pointing out how it is a “change in tune” from many of these Silicon Valley heavyweights who previously declared Trump to be a “disaster for innovation.”

In a letter to the President, The Internet Association representing the aforementioned companies laid out a set of policy proposals. The letter stated:

“From its inception, the Internet was built on an open architecture that lowers entry barriers, fosters innovation, and empowers choice. The internet represents the best of American innovation, freedom and ingenuity…The internet now provides individuals and small businesses with instant access to company information, product reviews, price comparisons, and free marketing tools…From standardising data security and breach notification, to protecting encryption standards across digital technologies, leaders in public office must recognize the importance of the Internet as a place where people can share their information and ideas and start and grow their businesses from anywhere in the United States.”

Be sure to let us know in the comments what do you think about this political push from Internet heavy hitters. Should these organizations continue lobbying President Trump for better trade agreements and more lax regulation or stick to their earlier claim that he isn’t right for innovation?


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Alliances and Consortiums in IoT: A Call To Embrace The OpenStand

Posted on March 29th, 2017

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Are You Ready to Change the World with Us?

Information sharing is one of the most powerful forces that drives innovation. The Internet of Things (IoT) is dramatically changing and shaping both the world in which we currently live, as well as laying the groundwork for the future. We are working to make information open to all and are putting out a call to all IoT Alliances and Consortia to support the mission of OpenStand and adopt and embrace the OpenStand Principles.  

OpenStand is a movement supporting the standardization of processes that have made the Internet and Web the premiere platforms for innovation. We stand behind voluntary adoption and empower the economies of global markets to drive global standards deployment. We invite innovators, developers, technologists, professionals, scientists, engineers, architects, academics, students, and government leaders to stand with us and promote a standards development model that allows for:

  • Cooperation among standards organizations
  • Adherence to due process, transparency, and openness in standards development
  • Commitment to technical merit, interoperability, innovation and benefit to humanity
  • Availability of standards to all
  • Voluntary adoption

We believe that the future of the IoT needs to embrace these Principles, not only for their benefit, but for the benefit of humanity. There are many Alliances and Consortia formed around the IoT and we ask that they join the OpenStand movement and its Partners in our stand as “we embrace a modern paradigm for standards where the economics of global markets, fueled by technological advancements, drive global deployment of standards regardless of their formal status.”

If you or your organization are ready to join this movement, formal endorsements can be submitted here. If you are an individual, please sign your name in support here. You can also download a site badge to publicly show your involvement with the cause — download it here.

We thank you for your support and helping us raise awareness of OpenStand!

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New Open Standards Will Enhance the Automotive Ethernet

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a major factor in nearly every industry imaginable. And, as it continues to grow, it will continue to have a greater impact on the way we work and live. One industry seeing major progress in this area is automotive. Soon, the automotive Ethernet will internally connect electronics within the vehicle and externally connect the vehicle to the IoT.

That connection brings a new round of safety and latency requirements, and, in response to those requirements, a new set of open standards is being developed. This set of open standards, referred to as Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), is designed to improve the reliability, timing, redundancy, and failure detection ability of the Ethernet within the vehicle.

The TSN Ethernet substandards were defined by the TSN Task Force of the IEEE, supporters of the OpenStand Principles. These standards also enable deterministic real-time communication over the Ethernet, critical to connected vehicles. According to a recent TTTech article, “TSN achieves determinism over Ethernet by using time synchronization and a schedule which is shared between network components. By defining queues based on time, TSN ensures a bounded maximum latency for schedule traffic through switched networks. This means that in a TSN network, latency of critical scheduled communication is guaranteed.”

For the automotive industry, the open standards of the TSN are vital to the success of automotive Ethernet enablement, improving reliability and redundancy. The Ethernet will enable the progression of more sophisticated automotive applications, the pinnacle of which are functions which will enable truly autonomous driving.

An article from Design & Reuse, A Look at New Open Standards to Improve Reliability and Redundancy of Automotive Ethernet, points out that more functionality will mean more requirements for automotive Ethernet. “The increasing number of components, including processors, cameras, and sensors such as radars, not only increases the bandwidth required but also require time-critical data to be transferred reliably. This requires provisions for deterministic and low-latency transmission, especially for mission-critical controls.” The standards developed to ensure those provisions will also ensure reliable and timely inter-operation between all the components in an automobile.

By promoting transparency, collective empowerment, and general cooperation – components of the Modern Paradigm of Standards – IEEE was able to develop TSN in a way that will be an ongoing benefit to the enablement of the automotive Ethernet. As we continue to leverage open standards across industries, the true value of IoT and open standards will only become clearer.

The value open standards provide to business and our lives will only continue to grow with your support. Please Sign your name and stand with us if you hold to our OpenStand Principles.

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IETF Celebrates 10 Years of Fellowship Programs

Posted on March 15th, 2017

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This year, OpenStand partner Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) celebrates 10 years of their Fellowship Program. This program is designed to to increase awareness of the open standards development process across communities where there there is a need for understanding these significant issues. Since its inception, the program has served as an incubator for the IETF leaders. A total of 289 awards have been given to 193 individuals (First-Timer and Returning Fellows) throughout the program’s existence.

A recent article from the Internet Society reflected on those 10 years and stated “we have recognized that the success of the program is largely down to not only what Fellows give back to the IETF (directly or indirectly), but also what they receive from it.” The article also published results of a recent survey of past Fellowship participants. Below are a few highlights from the survey:

  • Fellows have contributed to the development of roughly 49 RFCs in total, including 7 co-authored RFCs
  • Several fellows are active in standards development organizations such as IEEE and W3C, and also involved with network operator groups (NOGs)
  • Fellows regularly speak at regional conferences about the importance of the IETF and recruit individuals to become involved
  • In 2015, a group of past Fellows from India launched the Indian IETF Capacity Building Initiative, and secured funding from the government to host a meeting and build an Indian Fellows mentoring network
  • In LAC, many former Fellows have been involved in recruiting others and organizing local hubs for remote participation
  • Former Brazilian Fellows launched professor-student Fellowships where they attended 6-9 IETF meetings over 3 years
  • A number of Fellows have led and driven IPv6 deployments at their respective universities

You can review the profiles for those individuals selected for the Fellowship to IETF 97 here.

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HR Open Standards Consortium Will Highlight Real-World Case Studies at Annual Meeting in Denver, March 9-10

Posted on March 8th, 2017

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Open standards development has shown itself important in industry after industry. Human Resources (HR) is no exception in joining the discussion. The HR Open Standards Consortium is the only global network of HR technology professionals committed to leading the ongoing development of global HR interoperability standards and will be hosting this conversation with real-world case studies later this week.

On March 9-10, they will host their annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. The meeting looks to combine both HR practitioners, global standards advocates and HR technology providers to “further HR Open Standards’ mission to develop and promote HR data exchange standards that enable proprietary software systems to work together, speeding time to market and reducing costs.”

The meeting will also look to highlight 2017’s HR technology trends, as well as “the consortium’s HR data exchange standards through real-world case studies and active development workgroups.”

According to their press release, the meeting’s keynote and session highlights include:

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) on the Horizon of HR with Matthew Bailey, President of Powering IoT and 2015 World Technology Award Nominee
  • The Common Sense Leader in an Agile World with Martin VanDerSchouw, President & CEO of Looking Glass Development
  • Artificial Intelligence: Make Humans Super…Not Making Super Humans, Meredith H. Bishop, Accenture Sr. HR Business Partner in Artificial Intelligence and Ecosystems

Attendees can also expect to learn from some of the HR industry’s top business innovators, network with business and technology partners. They will also have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge of HR integrations, resolve integrations challenges, and build industry standards in active workgroup projects. View the full meeting agenda on the Annual Meeting event page. Registration is open through March 6, 2017, and is available on the HR Open Standards 2017 Annual Meeting event page.

By promoting Open Standards across HR, the HR Open Standards Consortium are offering open standards that “provide confidence and build trust between trading partners, businesses, and government agencies, especially those transparently developed by a diverse, global community.”

As readers of this blog, and supporters of The Modern Paradigm for Standards, know, working towards open standards across all industries is critical for the furthering of our cause. We are excited to see it making such big strides in HR, an industry critical across all industries.

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