July 1, 2004

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E-Mail from Walter So

“Students Create Global Positioning System Text Messages”

A trio of Iowa State University computer science students has devised
“spatial cues,” a computer program that combines text messaging with the
Global Positioning System. Spatial cues incorporates a setup similar to
those in art galleries and museums, in which patrons can play recorded …
http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2004-6/0630w.html#item10

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The Open Technology Landscape — Juebert Uriarte

Technical consultant, Sun Microsystems Philippines, Inc.

“Open source, open standards, open systems – a recipe for open government”

- Put a little bit more clarity on “open standards”, “open source”,

“open technology”.

- Timeline (long)

- Open technology: open systems, open source, open standards

- Open systems: A system that implements sufficient open

specifications for interfaces, services, and supporting formats to
enable properly engineered components to be utilized across a wide
range of systems with minimal changes, to interoperate with other
components on local and remote systems, and to interact with users
in a style that facilitates portability. — US Department of Defense
Open Systems Joint Task Force

- 1977, Bill Joy started Unix and the BSD license. Bill didn’t have

Internet and Linus had it!

- Open source defined. (OSI). Free redistribution. Source code.

Derived works. Integrity of the author’s source code. No
discrimination against persons or groups. No discrimination against
fields of endeavor. Distribution of license. License must not be
specific to a product. The license must not restrict other
software. The license must be technology-neutral.

- (He blogs using a PHP system, probably custom.)

Open standards defined.

- Enables different information technology systems to commnicate

effectively.

- Overcomes all of the issues that arise with custom software

interpreters and therefore lowers the barriers to integration:
time, cost and risk

- …

Message from the Sponsors: Antonio TJ Javier — “Partnering with Government to Realize Potential”

- Objective: Perspective of what we’re supposed to be deing here.

- Mission: Enable people and businesses threghout the world to realize their potential.

- Our objective: To enable the Phil to become a globally competitive economy.

- Open source, commercial open source, commercial software

- Joint session for pros and cons of each.

- What you should expect today: technicial description, best fit,

existing system, interoperability

All about choice

- Software choices should be based on merits and value of technology
- Software is highly evolving
- Government should promote healthy competition and innovation

Commercial software

- Innovation
- Good for industry, contributes to economy. USD 1 to Microsoft, 7-8 USD goes to solution developers
- Simple & low-cost, consumer-like product
- Customer support, responsiveness

- Commitment: education, innovation, local community

- Important part: Commitment to vibrant economy

- Use respective technologies

Message from the Sponsors: Cynthia Mamon

- Historic event: partnering with Microsoft to help develop the

Philippines to be a globally competitive country.

- Brief background. Doing it for CIOForum because they realize the

value and the critical function of the CIO Forum. Very critical
component in the ICT industry. The most prestigious IT leaders in
government.

- Announce much awaited partnership between the two companies not only

to promote our business objectives but also to promote the country’s
ICT development. Leverage both to benefit country first, users
second, then business will follow.

- President announced job creation as a major objectives. Promoting

certification. Promoting use of technologies in government and
business. Promoting training and certification, build manpower
skills, workforce. Local products. Sun: Java competency centers.
Signed up for the national ICT certification program, to be launched
in September with Oracle and other partners. Provide generous
discounts for Filipino ICT professionals. Limiting factor is cost?
Officially launched in September, so encourage users to take
advantage of generous discounts for certifications. Code of Ethics.
We’d like to ensure that there is proper use and effective
utilization of ICT funds. Not just trust and confidence in
egovernment projects, but the country as well. We need to police
ourselves.

mismatch.

- We are not able to provide jobs for the Filipino ICT graduates

because they are not really focused on what is in demand out there.

- …

- We must push computer literacy. This is something we have to push

as soon as possible.

- English proficiency program, also. Low marks in passing

certification exam due to comprehension problems. Nationalism is
pushing Filipinos to be globally competitive.

- Key message: We are Filipinos first before we represent our

companies.

Government CIO Forum

- Yay! I don’t have to do it. Rommel Feria is here to save the day!
- Extemia is a free VOIP thing. Skype is cool, too.

Welcome Remarks by Fred Torres

- Among present: Cynthia Mamon, TJ Javier, CIO Board

- This event, to my mind, is a first because of two reasons. One, this

is the first time that Sun Microsystems and Microsoft co-sponsored
an event together. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, two business rivals
working together toward a common good. It exemplifies true-blue
professionalism.

- Acknowledge the participation of your CIO board which has been

meeting regularly to put up this event.

- Of course, credit where credit is due. Sun: Ito Gruet(?). Microsoft:

“Most eligible bachelor in IT”, Mark Quiambot(?).

- The second reason is that this is the first time we are going to lay

our cards on the table relative to the two technologies. Much has
been said. What is the real score? The rationale behind this program
is not to push for a specific technology, but rather to put things
into the proper perspective so that CIOs can have an informed
decision.

Issues:

- Research and development. The economic lifeblood of IT is research.

This is because of the demand for greater and more complex
capability and the fast evolution and change in the IT equation.
Given this, there are questions that have arisen, like are there
technology updates? are there patches available? will there be
after-sales support? I remember in DTI, we had to make the painful
decision of migrating to another platform because the platform we
chose as a standard did not have the after-sales support we
required.

- Interoperability. The brave new world of government computing is all

about one-stop shop, any time anywhere access. Integration is a key
factor in developing mission-critical systems. One of the basic
criteria is that there should be cross-agency implication for a
[system]. eGovernment fund amounting to ~ PHP 4 B, there for the
taking, just come up with proposals.

- Security. Is one software really technologically inferior, or is it

just the law of averages?

- Contentious: cost. Is there really such a thing as a free thing on

the Internet? Are we just being taken for a free ride? Hopefully, in
this session, we can discuss this fully.

Announcement: Someone had a terrible accident. CIO board came out with
a resolution. 20T donated toward her medical bill. Also interested in
fundraising campaign.

Announcement: Next summit topic? Could be follow-through of last
session on Summit, or follow-through of whatever session, so feedback
is useful.

The rationale behind this session is to help the CIOs make decisions.
Macro perspective, not just the short-term effects but also the
long-term implications.