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Reading, United Kingdom

The Open Group is a vendor and technology-neutral industry consortium, currently with over four hundred member organizations. It was formed in 1996 when X/Open merged with the Open Software Foundation. Services provided include strategy, management, innovation and research, standards, certification, and test development.The Open Group is most famous as the certifying body for the UNIX trademark, and its publication of the Single UNIX Specification technical standard, which extends the POSIX standards and is the official definition of a UNIX system. The Open Group also develops and manages the TOGAF standard, which is an industry standard enterprise architecture framework.The Open Group members include a range of IT buyers and vendors as well as government agencies, for example Capgemini, Fujitsu, Oracle, Hitachi, HP, Orbus Software, IBM, Kingdee, NEC, SAP, US Department of Defense, NASA and others. Wikipedia.


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Agency: GTR | Branch: AHRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 4.16M | Year: 2012

Over the last decade, the creative industries have been revolutionised by the Internet and the digital economy. The UK, already punching above its weight in the global cultural market, stands at a pivotal moment where it is well placed to build a cultural, business and regulatory infrastructure in which first movers as significant as Google, Facebook, Amazon or iTunes may emerge and flourish, driving new jobs and industry. However, for some creators and rightsholders the transition from analogue to digital has been as problematic as it has been promising. Cultural heritage institutions are also struggling to capitalise upon new revenue streams that digitisation appears to offer, while maintaining their traditional roles. Policymakers are hampered by a lack of consensus across stakeholders and confused by partisan evidence lacking robust foundations. Research in conjunction with industry is needed to address these problems and provide support for legislators. CREATe will tackle this regulatory and business crisis, helping the UK creative industry and arts sectors survive, grow and become global innovation pioneers, with an ambitious programme of research delivered by an interdisciplinary team (law, business, economics, technology, psychology and cultural analysis) across 7 universities. CREATe aims to act as an honest broker, using open and transparent methods throughout to provide robust evidence for policymakers and legislators which can benefit all stakeholders. CREATe will do this by: - focussing on studying and collaborating with SMEs and individual creators as the incubators of innovation; - identifying good, bad and emergent business models: which business models can survive the transition to the digital?, which cannot?, and which new models can succeed and scale to drive growth and jobs in the creative economy, as well as supporting the public sector in times of recession?; - examining empirically how far copyright in its current form really does incentivise or reward creative work, especially at the SME/micro level, as well as how far innovation may come from open business models and the informal economy; - monitoring copyright reform initiatives in Europe, at WIPO and other international fora to assess how they impact on the UK and on our work; - using technology as a solution not a problem: by creating pioneering platforms and tools to aid creators and users, using open standards and released under open licences; - examining how to increase and derive revenues from the user contribution to the creative economy in an era of social media, mash-up, data mining and prosumers; - assessing the role of online intermediaries such as ISPs, social networks and mobile operators to see if they encourage or discourage the production and distribution of cultural goods, and what role they should play in enforcing copyright. Given the important governing role of these bodies should they be subject to regulation like public bodies, and if so, how?; - consider throughout this work how the public interest and human rights, such as freedom of expression, privacy, and access to knowledge for the socially or physically excluded, may be affected either positively or negatively by new business models and new ways to enforce copyright. To investigate these issues our work will be arranged into seven themes: SMEs and good, bad and emergent business models; Open business models; Regulation and enforcement; Creators and creative practice; Online intermediaries and physical and virtual platforms; User creation, behaviour and norms; and, Human rights and the public interest. Our deliverables across these themes will be drawn together to inform a Research Blueprint for the UK Creative Economy to be launched in October 2016.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 3.35M | Year: 2014

Our 21st century lives will be increasingly connected to our digital identities, representations of ourselves that are defined from trails of personal data and that connect us to commercial and public services, employers, schools, families and friends. The future health of our Digital Economy rests on training a new generation of leaders who can harness the emerging technologies of digital identity for both economic and societal value, but in a fair and transparent manner that accommodates growing public concern over the use of personal data. We will therefore train a community of 80 PhD students with the interdisciplinary skills needed to address the profound challenges of digital identity in the 21st century. Our training programme will equip students with a unique blend of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge across three thematic aspects of digital identity - enabling technologies, global impacts and people and society - while also providing them with the wider research and professional skills to deliver a research project across the intersection of at least two of these. Our students will be situated within Horizon, a leading centre for Digital Economy research and a vibrant environment that draws together a national research Hub, CDT and a network of over 100 industry, academic and international partners. Horizon currently provides access to a large network of over 75 potential supervisors, ranging from from leading Professors to talented early career researchers. Each student will work with an industry, public, third sector or international partner to ensure that their research is grounded in real user needs, to maximise its impact, and also to enhance their employability. These external partners will be involved in co-sponsorship, supervision, providing resources and hosting internships. Our external partners have already committed to co-sponsor 30 students so far, and we expect this number to grow. Our centre also has a strong international perspective, working with international partners to explore the global marketplace for digital identity services as well as the cross-cultural issues that this raises. This will build on our success in exporting the CDT model to China where we have recently established a £17M International Doctoral Innovation Centre to train 50 international students in digital economy research with funding from Chinese partners. We run an integrated four-year training programme that features a bespoke core covering key topics in digital identity, optional advanced specialist modules, practice-led team and individual projects, training in research methods and professional skills, public and external engagement, and cohort building activities including an annual writing retreat and summer school. The first year features a nine month structured process of PhD co-creation in which students, supervisors and external partners iteratively refine an initial PhD topic into a focused research proposal. Building on our experience of running the current Horizon CDT over the past five years, our management structure responds to external, university and student input and manages students through seven key stages of an extended PhD process: recruitment, induction, taught programme, PhD co-creation, PhD research, thesis, and alumni. Students will be recruited onto and managed through three distinct pathways - industry, international and institutional - that reflect the funding, supervision and visiting constraints of working with varied external partners.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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BiZZdesign, a leading digital business design company today announced its partnership with EA Principals, a leading authority in Enterprise Architecture certification and professional services in North America. The partnership will bring together BiZZdesign’s market-leading software platform – Enterprise Studio – with the industry expertise and thought leadership of EA Principals. The partnership aims to accelerate the knowledge, skills, and maturity of the architecture discipline, as well as deliver smoother implementation of architecture initiatives to their customers. EA Principals has over 20 years of experience in implementing mature and agile EA practices in major corporations in the US. Customers will benefit from reasonably priced, comprehensive training in ArchiMate®, IT4IT®, and TOGAF®, and practical use cases. Robert Staples, Director of Global Channels at BiZZdesign says, “EA Principals is a well-known thought leader in the United States, Canada, and in many places in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and their intimate knowledge of the EA discipline will give our customers access to a very mature EA delivery practice.” “BiZZdesign and EA Principals share a passion for expanding architecture modeling skills – and the associated thinking – both rapidly and affordably,” says Dr. Steve Else, CEO and Chief Architect at EA Principals. The partnership will be able to support organizations seeking excellence in the people, processes, and tools needed to successfully execute complex business transformations. The two organizations are committed to building lasting relationships with customers and ensuring their complete satisfaction. About BiZZdesign BiZZdesign is a software company specializing in digital business design. BiZZdesign is a global organization with 1,000+ customers on six continents and offices in many countries across the globe. Founded in 2000 as a spin-off from an applied R&D institute, BiZZdesign has strong roots in research and innovation. About EA Principals Located in Alexandria, VA, EA Principals is a leading authority in, and contributor to, the field of Enterprise Architecture. Clients include major US and other Government agencies, private companies, Fortune 500 companies, and over 5000 individual EA professionals. EA Principals can assist in complex strategic planning, project management, portfolio management, and service-oriented architecture initiatives. They are a Gold Member of The Open Group and were an original co-sponsor of the ArchiMate® 2 certification program. The firm offers accredited courses in TOGAF®, ArchiMate®, IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, DODAF/MODAF, Government EA (FEAF), Enterprise and Solution Architecture, Business Architecture, Business Analysis, and modeling. For more information, email info(at)eaprincipals(dot)com or call (703) 333-6098.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Day 2 of the final Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium meeting of 2016 convened to discuss and promote reusability and interoperability of software components. Harris Corporation, in addition to hosting the FACE meeting at their Palm Bay facility, announced conformance for their FliteScene® software. Judy Cerenzia, The Open Group FACE™ Consortium Program Director, presented Brad Truesdell, Director of Programs for Avionics Business Unit at Harris, with the official FACE Conformance Certificate for FliteScene. Brad states, “Harris Corporation has been a proud member of the FACE Consortium since its inception, and conformance verification for Flitescene is a momentous step forward.” Harris FliteScene Digital Map is a high performance, combat proven, feature rich, digital moving map software product that provides advanced situational awareness for the most demanding conditions faced by both civilian and military flight crews. FliteScene supports advanced terrain awareness and obstacle avoidance features to help keep you safe during your mission. http://www.Harris.com/solution/flitescene-digital-map The Open Group FACE conformance Verification Authority (VA) activities were executed by CERTON Engineering in Melbourne, FL. CERTON is a trusted leader in DO178, DO254, ARP4754, and ARP4761 airborne safety certification. Doug Williams, Chief Systems Engineer at Harris, had the following to say about the interactions with CERTON and the FACE Conformance Process: “Conformance verification activities ensure that our customers receive quality solutions that meet the growing need for common software architecture. The standards established by the FACE Consortium are a significant step forward in open architecture initiatives. CERTON provided an effective, timely, and in-depth analysis in their important role as a FACE Verification Authority and are valuable partners in achieving this goal.” CERTON is one of only two commercial VAs and the only commercial VA to have performed verification activities on a FACE Certified UoC (Unit of Conformance). FACE Certification was affirmed by the FACE CA Certification Authority, Vanderbilt University. Justin Bragan, CERTON Director of Sales and Business Development, said: “The FACE Technical Standard is an important enabler for building meaningful and reusable software components for today and tomorrow’s airborne systems. CERTON is proud to be a part of the FACE consortium and honored to be one of only a handful of FACE VAs. Our goal as a VA is to accurately verify FACE conformance with minimal impact to the companies developing FACE UoCs. For FliteScene, CERTON completed our VA activities in less than 10 days. We hope our involvement promotes additional interest and utilization of the FACE Technical Standard.” About The FACE Technical Standard The FACE Technical Standard, http://www.OpenGroup.org/FACE, is the open avionics standard for making military computing operations more robust, interoperable, portable and secure. The standard enables developers to create and deploy a wide catalog of applications for use across the entire spectrum of military aviation systems through a common operating environment. The latest edition of the standard further promotes application interoperability and portability with enhanced requirements for exchanging data among FACE components and emphasis on defining common language requirements for the standard. About CERTON Over the last decade, CERTON has established an identity of unparalleled safety-critical certification solutions in the aerospace, medical device, and transportation industries. CERTON has internally developed tools and exclusive technology designed to streamline approvals of safety-critical systems, software, and complex hardware. These competitive advantages allow CERTON to minimize the time-to-market of customer products while providing a Firm-Fixed Cost to its customers. CERTON provides expertise in all phases of systems, software, and complex hardware product design life cycles to support rapid approval of safety-critical customer products. Contact CERTON today at sales(at)certon(dot)com or visit http://www.CERTON.com to see how we can reduce the overall cost of your safety-critical software or hardware approval.


Patent
The Open Group | Date: 2010-03-17

A system and method of managing light energy are provided. A detecting apparatus detects input information related to input light energy and environmental information related to efficiency of inputting light energy. Then, an analysis and management apparatus calculates, analyzes, classifies, manages or optimizes the input information and environmental information by predetermined parameters or rules, and determines whether to take a corresponding action according to results of analysis or management. Accordingly, drawbacks of prior arts, that the source of light energy cannot be handled accurately and difficulties in controlling and optimizing light energy persist, can be solved.


Patent
The Open Group | Date: 2010-12-14

A light source detection method and system are provided. The method includes receiving incident light sources through light passing holes formed in a light spot forming board to form a light spot on an imaging board; capturing the image of the light spot and detecting the intensity thereof into divided zones so as to transmit such information that is calculated by preset algorithms to a processing device for identification, thereby improving on the drawbacks of prior techniques to achieve better accuracy of light sources and efficiency in use.


A method and system for energy management of a composite battery are provided to control and manage products of reaction going on in the composite battery. During the reaction, the gas products are usually exhausted and wasted. If the gases could be recycled, battery effectiveness would be improved. According to the present invention, the gases are collected and then recycled by an exhaust gas recycling device. In addition, the method and system involve analyzing data of the generated electrical energy, data of the produced gases, operational data of the composite battery and device data for the exhaust gas recycling device. Thus, the composite battery is controlled and managed according to the analysis, and its effects are improved.


Patent
The Open Group | Date: 2010-12-14

A wind power device is provide that includes a first carrier with a first active layer disposed thereon, a second carrier with a second active layer disposed thereon, at least a wind-receiving member connected to the first and second active layers and at least a power unit. The wind-receiving member takes in wind energy for activating the first and second active layers to drive the power unit to generate power. The wind power device advantageously provides ease in assembly and maintenance and is suitable to environments with variable wind directions and capable of being flexibly adjusted to adapt to varying wind speeds and thus achieve optimal power generating efficiency.


Patent
The Open Group | Date: 2010-03-24

A system and method for evaluating power usage, applicable to a power consumption environment provided among a power supplying device, a battery, and a power supplying network, are provided. The method includes: receiving, by a receiving module, information about power usage, information about characteristics of the power supplying device, information about characteristics of the battery, and information about characteristics of the power supplying network entered by a user; storing the above-mentioned information to a storing module by the receiving module; and analyzing or comparing the above-mentioned information by an evaluating module according to a preset rule or algorithm so as to calculate information about power consumption. The system and method are effective in analyzing, evaluating and optimizing power consumption behavior of users, thereby assisting users in deciding on the best power consumption mode according to the calculated information about power consumption.


News Article | November 3, 2016
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Abaco Systems today announced that the ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion of its UK headquarters took place earlier this week. The expansion will see Abaco's existing manufacturing facility relocate from Milton Keynes to the Towcester, Northamptonshire site -- a distance of some 12 miles -- bringing with it almost 100 employees. The new facility will complement the manufacturing capability already present in Towcester. When the move is complete, Abaco will have some 350 people on its UK site -- around 40 of whom have been recruited in the past 12 months -- which will grow from 75,000 square feet to over 100,000 square feet. Planning permission from the local authority was given in September, and work will start immediately. It is expected that the project will complete my mid-July, 2017. "We have been planning this move for some time," said Andy MacCaig, CIO and UK managing director, Abaco. "It will allow us to serve our customers better by substantially improving our efficiency -- eliminating transit time, for example -- and will create new synergies between our design/development teams and our manufacturing teams that will lead to better communication and real opportunities to innovate. The net result will be the ability to deliver even better products to our customers more quickly. Those benefits will also be felt by the customers to whom we provide contract manufacturing services." Earlier in the year, Abaco invested significantly in state-of-the-art equipment for the Milton Keynes site, and this will be relocated to the new site. "Over the past year, we have grown from 600 people to over 800 people worldwide as we look to put in place the resources and capacity to handle an increasing number of customer programs -- and this consolidation and expansion of our manufacturing capability will further support that goal," said Bernie Anger, CEO, Abaco Systems. "Our customers will benefit from this because it will improve our ability to create the innovative solutions they need, while allowing us to deliver on even shorter lead-times." Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. Spun out of General Electric in 2015, we deliver and support open modular solutions developed to upgrade and enhance the growing data, analytics, communications and sensor processing capabilities of our target applications. This, together with our 700+ professionals' unwavering focus on our customers' success, reduces program cost and risk, allows technology insertion with affordable readiness and enables platforms to successfully reach deployment sooner and with a lower total cost of ownership. With an active presence in a significant number of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most. www.abaco.com FACE is a trademark of The Open Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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