Standards: JTC1 SAC - Meeting 14 - August 2015

John Sheridan - CIO & CISO

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 Hello All, 

On Thursday the 4th August 2015 I chaired the fourteenth meeting of the ISO/IEC’s Joint Technical Committee 1 Strategic Advisory Committee  (JTC 1 SAC).  Below is an update of the work that JTC 1 SAC has been progressing.

JTC 1 SAC Committee constitution changes

Standards Australia provided an update on new and departing members of JCT 1 SAC The Committee NOTED the updates.

I introduced a discussion on expanding committee engagement more with states and territories.  It was agreed that states/territories need to be further involved, and that the committee has capacity for a few additional members. Varant Meguerditchian met with Digital Transformation Office (DTO) and they are interested in furthering their understanding of JTC 1 SAC.  Varant Meguerditchian met with Australian Services Roundtable (ASR), who has expressed an interest in JTC 1 SAC.

Ai Group addressed the issue of increasing interest from organisations like Ai Group and DTO by linking JTC 1 SAC work to digital services.  By integrating digital services, it is easier for Ai Group to secure funding for JTC 1 SAC. SA will follow up with AI Group to progress these discussions.

JTC 1 future funding, support and key priorities, financial year 2014- 2015

Varant Meguerditchian noted three current activities of priority to JTC 1:

  • APEC Cross-Border Data Flows: survey has been conducted, and the issues paper is in draft form.
  • IT governance: working with IT-030 Chair Jan Begg on hosting joint events on domestic and international standards.
  • Biometrics International Meeting: possibility of it being hosted in Australia.

JTC 1 Key Areas of Priority

JTC1/SC 38 Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms

Geoff Clarke provided an update in Dr John Zic’s absence on JTC 1/SC 38 developments which include;

  • Last SC38 Face-to-Face meeting was in Vienna on 23-27 March 2015.
  • Next SC38 Face-to-Face meeting is in Dublin on 5-9 October 2015.
  • Working Group 2: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) standards include;
    • 18384 – Reference Architecture for SOA.
    • 18384-1 – Terminology & Concepts (under FDIS ballot).
    • 18384-2 – Ontology (under FDIS ballot).
    • 18384-3 – Ref Architecture for Solutions (under FDIS ballot).
    • This work appears to be completed. However, there is an agenda to discuss New Work items in Dublin – though this seems very light on detail at this stage.
    • Working Group 3: Cloud Computing Service Level Agreements (CCSLA) standards include;
      • 19086 – SLA.
      • 19086-1 – Overview and Concepts  (under CD ballot).
      • 19086-2 – Metrics (NP).
      • 19086-3 – Core Requirements (NP).
      • 19086-4 – Security Requirements (early WD produced by SC27).
      • Part 1 had a difficult start but is shaping up reasonably well.
      • ACCAN interested in being involved.
    • Working Group 4: Cloud Computing Interoperability and Portability (CCIP) work includes;
      • 19941 – Interoperability and Portability (NP – still lots of work to do on the scope and concepts.
      • Interoperability is reasonably well understood.
      • Data Portability is more difficult.
      • Application or Software Portability is quite difficult to explain because of the scope and possibilities described. (E.g. is moving from an Infrastructure cloud service to an Application cloud service portability or rehosting or service migration).
    • Working Group 5: Cloud Computing Data and its Flow (CCDF) work includes;
      • 19941 – Interoperability and Portability (NP – still lots of work to do in the scope and concepts.
      • This work made good progress, though explaining the models and associated taxonomies and grammar with this project seems quite difficult.

JTC 1/SC 37 – Biometrics and Identification

  • Last meeting in Norway had representation across all six working groups, plus private companies, federal police, foreign affairs, etc.
  • There are 29 participating members and 12 observing members.
  • Working Group 1: Harmonized biometric vocabulary.
    • First Biometrics vocabulary established in 2012.
    • Russian version recently published.
    • On track for revision publication in 2017.
    • Working Group 2: Biometric technical interfaces.
    • Working Group 3: Biometric data interchange formats
      • Australian Passports Office is active here, working on third generation data image interchange.
      • Working towards removal of interoperability in first and second generation to have one single standard.
    • Working Group 4: Technical Implementation of Biometric Systems.
      • Main work is on the development of activation profiles.
      • Report recently published.
    • Working Group 5: Biometric testing and reporting.
    • Working Group 6: Cross-Jurisdictional and Societal Aspects of Biometrics
      • Special Groups established for operational data sharing and facial recognition
    • Damian Fisher explained that Standards Australia has met with the Biometrics Institute, and they are considering funding support if the dates can align with their Australia conference.

JTC 1/SC 40 – IT Service Management and IT Governance

Chair – John Sheridan

  • The second Plenary Meeting was held in Brazil in mid-May.
  • The three working groups have progressed.

Plenary Meeting – Beijing, China October 2015

Project Manager – Torrin Marquardt

  • Upcoming Plenary Meeting is 26-31 October 2015 in Beijing, China
  • I also attend as SC40 Chair and Head of Delegation.
  • Varant Meguerditchian to attend as Standards Australia representative.
  • National Mirrors Committee Chair briefing to occur on 10 September 2015 (note the date is confirmed since this meeting).

New JTC 1 Developments

Internet of Things

  • N12651 NWIP Ballot on Internet of Things – Definition and Vocabulary: has been circulated and is due on 28 September 2015.

Big Data

  • Last meeting in Spain on 7-9 July with no Australian participation.
  • The two initial standards proposed:
    • ISO/IEC 20546 (Big Data -- Overview and Vocabulary, which will provide an overview of Big Data and a set of terms and definitions).
    • ISO/IEC 20547 (Big Data – Reference Architecture, which will be a multi-part series).
    • Both standards are in their infancy.
    • The next meeting is planned for December 2015 in Brazil.

Smart Cities

  • Last SG1 Face-to-Face meeting – Beijing 4-6 March 2015.
  • Next SG1 Face-to-Face meeting – Montreal 2-4 September 2015.
  • This study group presented a report to the November 2014 JTC 1 Plenary which reconstituted it for another year. The group has continued to refine that last report and in particular is working on the following:
    • Updating models (ICT reference, domain knowledge, data, and service).
    • Updating indicators – particularly ICT indicators.
    • The introduction of the Open Geospatial Consortium Smart Cities Spatial Information Model.
    • Alignment with other models such as the BSI PAS 182 Smart City Concept Model.
    • The final report is to be presented at the October 2015 JTC 1 Plenary.
    • There is also a lot of work in other SDO’s - IEC, ITU, ISO itself as well as non-traditional SDO’s like the City Protocol Society and Global Cities Institute. The report from the ISO TMB Advisory Group on Smart Cities is due out soon and decisions from that report will likely have an impact on smart cities standardization efforts across many SDOs.

Other Business

APEC Cross-Border Data Flows

  • As part of the HOST project, Standards Australia has conducted a stakeholder survey and is preparing an issues paper ahead of the 22nd APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting, which will be held at Iloilo, the Philippines on 25 September 2015.
  • Standards Australia and The Treasury, Australian Government, are organising a two day APEC HOST project workshop, from 4-5 November 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
  • The workshop objectives are to:
    • Share information and discuss the recent APEC HOST survey findings on standards related to the movement of data across borders;
    • Discuss questions from the Issues Paper;
    • Discuss views and experiences on how NSBs can best support SMEs in APEC economies to facilitate the movement of data and trade across borders; and
    • Develop recommendations for APEC economies.
    • JTC 1 SAC members and their organisations are most welcome to participate.
    • An information workshop flyer and invitation will be sent to JTC 1 SAC shortly 

AIIA Update

  • CEO of AIIA, Suzanne Campbell, is retiring
  • AIIA is catching up with Byron Reynolds for a joint event by Ernst & Young on 12 August on IT governance.

Standards Australia Prioritisation Round 11

  • Next Project Prioritisation Round is 10 August to 23 September.

New Standards Australia Technical Committee IT-039 Digital Hospitals

  • New piece of work undertaken by Standards Australia on the application of technology to make hospitals more efficient.
  • CIOs participating in development.
  • Aim to make better use of telecommunications and physical infrastructure.
  • Engineers Australia, AIIA, AMA, state jurisdictions are all involved.
  • Open to new participation.
  • Christine Cornish advised that ACS is interested.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner

  • Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner has been in contact with Standards Australia about adopting the US or European version of standards in accessibility and procurement.

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As always, your comments and feedback are welcome below.

John Sheridan

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