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Current Standards Landscape for Smart Manufacturing Systems

NIST: Today’s manufacturers face ever-increasing demands of variability—greater customization, smaller lot sizes, sudden supply-chain changes and disruptions. Successful manufacturers will have to choose and incorporate technologies that help them quickly adapt to rapid change and to elevate product quality while optimizing use of energy and resources. These technologies form the core of an emerging, information-centric, Smart Manufacturing System that maximizes the flow and re-use of data throughout the enterprise. The ability of disparate systems, however, to exchange, understand, and exploit product, production, and business data rests critically on information standards. This report provides a review of the body of pertinent standards—a standards landscape—upon which future smart manufacturing systems will rely. This landscape comprises integration standards within and across three manufacturing lifecycle dimensions: product, production system, and business. We discuss opportunities and challenges for new standards, and present emerging activities addressing these opportunities. This report will allow manufacturing practitioners to better understand those standards useful to integration of smart manufacturing technologies.

POSC Caesar Association

POSC Caesar Association (PCA) is a non-profit global-standardization member organization that shall promote the development of open specifications to be used as standards for enabling the interoperability of data, software and related matters. PCA initiated ISO 15926 Integration of life-cycle data for process plants including oil and gas production facilities, and is committed to its maintenance and enhancement.

How To Navigate A Sea of SOA Standards

By Bob Violino, Facing too many emerging standards -- and not enough vendor support for them -- in your service-oriented architecture implementation? Consider these steps in your planning. While the potential benefits of SOA are clear, like the ability to reuse existing assets, the standards picture looks anything but settled. Not only did Forrester Research count some 115 standards floating around SOA and Web services in its most recent study on that topic, but also, it found that just confirming which vendors support which standards is nearly impossible. Yet CIOs must press ahead with SOA projects in order to meet business needs. Hong Zhang, director and chief architect of IT Architectures and Standards at General Motors, has been balancing the standards dilemma with ongoing SOA work for several years.


Standards as axioms

An important, nay, foundational part of my mental model for how Internet scale systems work (and many other things, in fact), is that I view standards as axioms. In linear algebra, there’s the concept of span, which is, effectively, a function that takes a set of vectors as input, and yields the vector space spanned by those vectors; the set of all reachable points. Also, for any given vector space you can find a set of axioms - a minimal set of vectors which are linearly independent of each other (orthogonal), but still span the space.


Standards, not infrastructure are way forward for Lloyd's of London

Lloyd's of London has no plans to reverse its recent arm's-length approach to market technology, five months after walking away from an ill-fated �70m investment in electronic trading, the insurance market's IT chief has told Computer Weekly. Chris Rawson, chief information officer at Lloyd's, said the IT department's commitment to the market now centred around standards rather than infrastructure, and the recent arrival of new chief executive Richard Ward was not likely to change that position.


Stakeholders Call for Increased Cooperation at Open Forum for Standards Developers

On June 20-21, nearly one hundred stakeholders from standards developers, consortia and other forums, industry, government, and consumers gathered in New York City for the Open Forum for Standards Developers hosted by American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The forum’s panel discussions, presentations, open dialogue, and networking opportunities allowed the attendees to exchange perspectives on the most salient issues facing standardization today with the purpose of identifying opportunities for harmonization and collaboration.


Standardization: Unifier or Divider?

Conference summary and analysis, prepared by Sherrie Bolin


Is ODF an Open Standard?

By David A. Wheeler. GROKLAW, February 09 2006


Why I Hate Frameworks

BenjiSmith . 30. september 2005 on how he got his own general-purpose tool-building factory factory factory when all he wanted was a spicerack.


An Economic Basis for Open Standards

FLOSSPOLS Open Standards and Interoperability Report by Rishab Ghosh. December 2005.


Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems

The Roadmap for Open ICT Ecosystems: a user-friendly guide for policymakers and technologists offerings tools for understanding, creating, and sustaining open information and communication technologies ecosystems. This is where we introduce the term openization.

Massachusetts and OpenDocument: A Brave New World?

Article by Andrew Updegrove. This article describes the history of both the process followed by the ITD as well as that of the OpenDocument OASIS Standard, summarizes and assesses the arguments for and against the amendments made by those that offered public comments, and finally seeks to evaluate the potential impact of the Massachusetts decision on further government information technology policy evolution around the world.

Scaffolding the New Web: Standards and Standards Policy for the Digital Economy

To discover whether today's standards processes are adequate, where they are taking the industry, and whether government intervention will be required to address systemic failures in their development, RAND undertook five case studies. Published in 2000 and the 123 paged report is available for download.

The Meaning of Open Standards

This paper develops the argument that many Information Technology standardization processes are in transition from being controlled by standards creators to being controlled by standards implementers. The users of standardized implementations also have rights that they wish addressed. Ten basic rights of standards creators, implementers and users are identified and quantified. Each of these ten rights represents an aspect of Open Standards. Only when all ten rights are supported will standards be open to all. Ken Krechmer, Fellow, International Center for Standards Research, University of Colorado, 2005.

Standards: Optional Features or Law?

Dimitriadis Dimitris discusses the problem of getting software implementers to adhere to web standards.