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Inrupt releases enterprise version of Solid Server

Tim Berners-Lee‘s (unedited) announcement…

Today marks a huge milestone in Inrupt‘s journey to deliver on my vision for a vibrant web of shared benefit and opportunity. I’m thrilled that the first enterprise-ready version of a Solid Server, Inrupt’s ESS, is now available for businesses and organizations. It’s the fruit of two years of work by our outstanding team. These technologies will fundamentally change how organizations connect people with their data and create value together. It’s going to drive groundbreaking new opportunities that not only restore trust in data but also enhance our lives.

We’ve reached this milestone alongside a trusted cohort of early adopters including the BBC, NatWest Bank, the UK’s National Health Service, and the Flanders Government. They’re each proving what’s possible for their users by changing the way they think about, share, and use data. You can read more about these important pilots in this blog post from Inrupt CEO, John Bruce.

The web was always meant to be a platform for creativity, collaboration, and free invention – but that’s not what we are seeing today. Today, business transformation is hampered by different parts of one’s life being managed by different silos, each of which looks after one vertical slice of life, but where the users and teams can’t get the insight from connecting that data. Meanwhile, that data is exploited by the silo in question, leading to increasing, very reasonable, public skepticism about how personal data is being misused. That in turn has led to increasingly complex data regulations.

There had to be a better way. The Solid architecture provides that better way.

I founded Inrupt to trigger an inevitable shift in how the web operates, to mobilize resources and set a long-term direction in motion. Today that shift takes a significant step.

The technologies we’re releasing today are a component of a much-needed course correction for the web. It’s exciting to see organizations using Solid to improve the lives of everyday people – through better healthcare, more efficient government services and much more.

These first major deployments of the technology will kick off the network effect necessary to ensure the benefits of Solid will be appreciated on a massive scale. Once users have a Solid Pod, the data there can be extended, linked, and repurposed in valuable new ways. And Solid’s growing community of developers can be rest assured that their apps will benefit from the widespread adoption of reliable Solid Pods, already populated with valuable data that users are empowered to share.

Ultimately, this new foundation of trust and cooperation will lead to entirely new business models that actually benefit users as well.

Starting today, more organizations worldwide can take the first step towards building a trusted web where innovation flourishes, and everyone – businesses, developers, and web users – share the benefits. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey.

https://inrupt.com/innovation-trust-data

Inrupt

Inrupt is delivering Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s original vision of a web of shared benefit, for everyone.  We are a worldwide team of inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, developers and academics who believe in Sir Tim’s vision for the web. Inrupt’s technology puts individuals in control of their data, gives organizations new opportunities to create value for customers, and allows developers to thrive in an open marketplace of innovation.

Inrupt creators Solid, a technology for organizing data, applications, and identities on the web. Solid enables richer choices for people, organizations and app developers by building on existing web standards.

https://inrupt.com/about

InDesign Development Markup Language

It’s the InDesign Markup Language from Adobe. Adobe defines IDML as an XML-based format for representing InDesign content. IDML effectively allows for backwards compatibility with newer versions of Adobe InDesign. It’s also a great way to back up your file.

OpenStack Foundation announces name change to Open Infrastructure Foundation

OpenStack Foundation announced that it is changing its corporate name to Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF) starting in 2021. The name change reflects the organization’s broader commitment and expertise in driving innovations in open source needed to shape the future of infrastructure software. OIF’s goal is to build an open infrastructure for the next decade by solving infrastructure issues raised by continuing demands in new markets. The demands are being driven by modern use cases such as containers, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, 5G, network function virtualization (NFV), and edge computing. OIF continues to build a community to write open source software that addresses these infrastructure markets. OIF wants to ensure that the solutions to these demands are developed in the open, using the same transparent and proven approach to open source.

InMotion Hosting joins the new Open Infrastructure Foundation with a Silver Founding Membership. InMotion Hosting’s latest open source product, Flex Metal Cloud, provides on-demand infrastructure as a service powered by OpenStack. The infrastructure technology simplifies private cloud deployments, increases infrastructure flexibility, and can be deployed in minutes.

https://www.openstack.org, https://www.inmotionhosting.com/

Altova updates MissionKit, includes XBRL Taxonomy Manager

Altova announced the release of Version 2021 of its MissionKit desktop developer tools and server software. This new version includes numerous new features and improvements, including a new XBRL Taxonomy Manager that provides easy, centralized taxonomy installation and management across all XBRL-enabled products; data mapping for SWIFT messages; improvements for editing in JSON Grid View; attaching files to PDF during report generation; and more. In version 2021 Altova MapForce now also supports mapping SWIFT data to or from any other MapForce-supported format, including databases, XML, JSON, other EDI formats.

Some additional new features:

  • JSON Grid View was introduced in XMLSpy last year, and in this latest release has undergone some significant updates and enhancements. Some of the improvements for editing in JSON Grid View in XMLSpy include new entry helpers, additional copy/paste options, mouse-over tool tips, easy options for working with very large files, and more.
  • While MapForce has long supported conversion of EDI messages to XML by graphically mapping EDI fields to a target XML Schema, Version 2021 takes this capability further. In response to numerous customer requests, one-click conversion of EDI to XML in MapForce without the need for loading a target XSD or mapping fields is now a reality.
  • Customers often request the ability to attach files to a PDF during report generation in StyleVision. Examples include high-resolution images, source files, other document formats such as .docx, and so on. StyleVision 2021 now makes this possible.

https://www.altova.com/whatsnew

Zero Trust

Zero trust (ZT) is the term for an evolving set of cybersecurity paradigms that move defenses from static, network-based perimeters to focus on users, assets, and resources. A zero trust architecture (ZTA) uses zero trust principles to plan industrial and enterprise infrastructure and workflows. Zero trust assumes there is no implicit trust granted to assets or user accounts based solely on their physical or network location (i.e., local area networks versus the internet) or based on asset ownership (enterprise or personally owned). Authentication and authorization (both subject and device) are discrete functions performed before a session to an enterprise resource is established. Zero trust is a response to enterprise network trends that include remote users, bring your own device (BYOD), and cloud-based assets that are not located within an enterprise-owned network boundary. Zero trust focuses on protecting resources (assets, services, workflows, network accounts, etc.), not network segments, as the network location is no longer seen as the prime component to the security posture of the resource. This document contains an abstract definition of zero trust architecture (ZTA) and gives general deployment models and use cases where zero trust could improve an enterprise’s overall information technology security posture.

For more details see this NIST publication: https://csrc.nist.gov/publications/detail/sp/800-207/final

Syncro Soft releases of version 1.3 of Oxygen Feedback

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, announced the immediate availability of version 1.3 of Oxygen Feedback, including the new Enterprise edition. The Oxygen Feedback commenting platform provides an efficient way for your community to interact and offer feedback. Its modern, appearance is easy to configure and integrate, and it includes a user-friendly interface and numerous useful features for both Commenters and Administrators. It is specialized for technical documentation and can be easily integrated with Oxygen XML Editor/Author to make it more efficient for content authors to manage comments and react to community feedback. Features found in Oxygen Feedback version 1.3 include:

  • The new Enterprise edition Platform Admin account provides access to a special administration area to view and manage all of the site configurations for your organization,
    • offers the ability to enable and configure LDAP authentication.
    • is compatible with the old Oxygen WebHelp PHP-based commenting system, which means that you can migrate your database without losing any information.
  • A Dashboard page aggregates information about all of your existing site configurations and provides easier access to relevant parts of the interface,
    • includes a site pane that you can use to visualize information about your site configurations, navigate to them for management purposes, and create new ones.
    • has an activity stream pane that shows information about the most recent activities performed by members of your team or community.
    • contains some statistics panes (such as statistics for page views and comments).

If you already own an Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author, Oxygen XML Developer, Oxygen WebHelp, or Oxygen Publishing Engine license key, you are eligible to get a 50% discount off the Oxygen Feedback Enterprise edition for the first year of subscription. This promotion applies to every Oxygen Feedback Enterprise edition subscription plan and requests must be received by 31 December 2020. To see if you are eligible to obtain this discount, visit:

http://www.oxygenxml.com/oxygen_feedback_enterprise/special_offer.html

Cloudflare announces privacy-first Web Analytics for all website owners

Cloudflare, Inc. launched Cloudflare Web Analytics to provide accurate, clear, and free analytics for anyone who cares about how their site is performing and doesn’t want to sacrifice their visitors’ privacy. Cloudflare Web Analytics is built on top of Cloudflare’s existing network, giving site owners insight into key traffic metrics at the edge. Now site owners have control over their own site data, eliminating the need for third-party scripts that can track their users and help retarget them with advertising. Cloudflare Web Analytics will be available, for free, to any website owner, whether they are an existing Cloudflare customer or not.

Unlike ad-supporting analytics companies, Cloudflare’s business model has never been about tracking individual users across the web. Cloudflare does not track where visitors are going online, and can help web owners get clear and accurate information about how their sites are performing without the need to profile users. Cloudflare already processes the requests for sites on its network and can collect analytics at the edge without adding third-party analytics scripts to a website. This privacy-friendly approach measures a ‘visit’ by looking at the source of each request, rather than tracking individual user behavior. Cloudflare Web Analytics also does not conflict with ad blockers, which frequently block third-party analytics tools from measuring anything at all. When combined with Cloudflare’s Bot Management tool, automated bot traffic that could skew analytics is also filtered out for improved accuracy.

Cloudflare paid customers can enjoy Web Analytics today. In the coming months, Cloudflare Web Analytics will be available to any website owner including those not on Cloudflare‘s network. If you are not an existing Cloudflare customer on a paid plan, you can add your name to the waitlist.

https://www.cloudflare.com/web-analytics/

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