Pat Gallagher at the Cloud Computing
NIST Director addressing Maryland Cloud Computing Forum, May, 2010
NIST Director Pat Gallagher opens the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop May 20, 2010. He describes cloud computing as a computing architecture that fully realizes the capability of a highly networked system and offers an opportunity for the federal government to be more effective, efficient and secure. The meeting's goal is to launch a partnership to initiate a process to define how the government will procure and use cloud computing and to develop standards.
Vivek Kundra, Keynote at the Cloud
Federal Chief Information Officer addressing Maryland Cloud Computing Forum, May, 2010
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's keynote at the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop May 20, 2010. Kundra describes the gap between consumers access to IT and the government. He calls for cloud computing to narrow this gap while maintaining security, data portability and interoperability. Kundra calls industry and government to work together to accelerate cloud adoption by focusing on standards and helping agencies leverage the certification work done by other agencies.
Key to Security: Biometric Standards
NIST develops and tests biometrics (e.g., fingerprint, face, iris, & multimodal) standards and technology that promote security, interoperability, and innovation. Four projects (in collaboration with the DHS and the FBI) are highlighted: MBARK - multimodal biometric application resource kit, biometrics usability, latent fingerprint testing, and biometric image quality. For more information go to http://biometrics.nist.gov/
European science and technology
Europe is gaining ground on the US in the field of innovation thanks mainly to Nordic countries leading the way.
The EU-US innovation gap has been decreasing year-on-year since 2003, according to a 2006 report . The latest version of the EU's "innovation scoreboard" reveals it was the Danes, Finns, Germans and Swedes who were ahead of the pack, establishing themselves as world leaders in the field. The report also highlighted outstanding performance in life-long learning, with participation levels highest among the Swedish population at 35%, compared to Europe's overall 11%.