IBM’s patent announcement today

Today IBM announced that for the 16th year in a row, it received more US patents than any other company, The number for 2008 was also a record, 4186, for any company. Here are a couple of links to the story: New York Times: “Patent King I.B.M. Will Give Away…

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LinuxWorld 2008 Prediction #8: Industry applications

Although I’ve previously published the slides for the talk I gave at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, I thought it might be useful to add some additional comments in the blog about each of the eight predictions I made. This is not the full text of what I said nor…

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Southern California Linux Expo 6x – Call for Papers

I just got an email from Ilan Rabinovitch saying that the call for papers for the Southern California Linux Expo 6x ends tomorrow, Friday. You can learn more at their website, along with the descriptions of their programs on “Women In Open Source,” “Open Source Software in Education,” and “Demonstrating…

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SOA, healthcare, University of Florida, and IBM

A very nice story broke yesterday about work that IBM is doing with the University of Florida to enable patient medical devices to be treated as services. There have been several press write-ups: “IBM, University of Florida Team Up on Smart Devices: IBM and the University of Florida are working…

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Interoperability Specifications Pledge

This morning IBM announced a broad patent pledge that covers over 150 of the core software interoperability standards. These standards had all been previously given royalty free licenses, but from a variety of sources at a variety of times. This action simplifies and makes more consistent the intellectual property situation…

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My testimony to the Texas House and Senate regarding the open document format legislation

This is the text for the testimony I delivered to both the Texas House and Senate this last Monday, March 24. The words I said varied from this because of time constraints and also some additional comments supporting or questioning previous testimony.

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Links for the IBM open source healthcare announcement

Here are some media links about yesterday’s healthcare and open source announcement: Healthcare, Meet Open Source “IBM said research from the Center for Information Technology Leadership claims that standardizing information exchange could yield 5 percent savings in US healthcare expenditures.” IBM Donates Code To Help Doctors Share Data “By donating…

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IBM, Open Source, Health Care

This press release went out a couple of hours ago: IBM Brings Electronic Medical Records One Step Closer Through Open Technology; Contributes Technology to Open Source Community; Establishes Innovation Centers to Work with Major Players, Business Partners Here’s an excerpt: SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 9, 2006–IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced…

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Continua Health Alliance

We’re a part of this. See the CRN article “Intel-led group seeks medical device specs“. An excerpt: An Intel-led consortium of more than 20 companies hopes to smooth out technical and business issues inhibiting the rise of interoperable medical devices for use at home or on the road. The Continua…

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ODF, XForms, Accessibility: Connecting the Dots

I’ve been meaning to point to the blog entry by David Berlind called “ODF subpar for the disabled? Not so fast says Google researcher” and add a comment. First, T.J. Raman was a colleague of mine when I was in IBM Research as well as later when I first moved…

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Letter from IBM to Secretary Trimarco reaffirming support for ODF and the Massachusetts process

We just sent this to Secretary Trimarco’s office in the Massachusetts State House. The Honorable Thomas Trimarco Secretary, Executive Office for Administration & Finance Commonwealth of Massachusetts State House, Room 373 Boston MA, 02133 Dear Secretary Trimarco: With all the recent activity around document formats and the strong leadership position…

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IBM Statement For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate Audit and Oversight Committee

As I have noted here and others have mentioned elsewhere, there is a hearing today in Boston to discuss the decision by the CIO’s office that support for OASIS OpenDocument Format be required for documents that are created, modified, and saved. IBM sent our statement to Senator Pacheco, Chair of…

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BREAKING NEWS:
New IBM healthcare and education initiative driven by open standards

Today IBM is announcing a major initiative out of our healthcare and education practices that focuses on using open standards to drive growth, interoperability, and innovation. I’m going to spend a lot of time over the next days and weeks deconstructing what we are doing and why. Today I’m going…

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Openness and the extension of open document formats

Rupert Goodwins has a comment piece over in ZDNet UK that takes a different tack on the idea of openness via considering “degrees of freedom.” It’s very thoughtful and has some good ideas. I’m still thinking of my idea of an openness report card for specifications. Like different subjects in…

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Ask your dog about the importance of standards

This article, “Is There Anyone Out There Who Can Read My Tag?”, ran a couple of days ago in the NY Times (registration required). It highlights the very real issues that can come about when established, proprietary standards come into conflict with international, open standards. The story runs more deeply…

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