Standards stuff

Colan reports new Cobia interfaces. Energy Piplines CRC wound down. Energistics investigates microservices in the cloud. Inline XBRL viewer open sourced. CoST teams with OCP on infrastructure data standards.

The CO-LaN management board has approved requests for consultancy services relative to the development of Cobia*-based interfaces from KBC Advanced Technologies (for its MultiFlash thermodynamic server) and Heat Transfer Research (for a new heat exchanger model). The services will be provided by AmsterCHEM. In a separate announcement, Michael Halloran has been renewed as consultant to CO-LaN until May 31st, 2020.

* Cape-Open binary interop architecture.

Australia’s Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), a collaboration between the members of the APGA Research and Standards Committee and researchers at the Universities of Adelaide and Wollongong, Deakin University and RMIT University, is to cease activity as its 10 year funding expires. Its assets will be transferred to Future Fuels CRC to allow for continued access to research reports and further development of IP.

The Energistics RESQML team is turning its attention to microservices in the cloud as operators push vendors to deconstruct monolithic apps into microservices. Microservices will need standard ways to interact, an area where Energistics can help with its ETP protocol.

An inline XBRL viewer, developed by Workiva has been released as open source software. The viewer reveals inline XBRL tagged content in financial documents, ‘unlocking the value of data’. Download the code from Github. The XBRL organization has also released some test cases samples for Inline XBRL, notably an extract from the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation’s (GLEIF) 2017 Annual Report.

CoST and the Open Contracting Partnership announced the Open contracting for infrastructure data standard (OC4IDS) at the 2019 OECD Infrastructure Governance Forum. The new standard for infrastructure transparency supports disclosure and monitoring of infrastructure projects through identification, preparation, implementation and delivery.OC4IDS combines OCP’s guiding principles of open contracting and open data with CoST’s specific knowledge on what to disclose during the project cycle. The launch culminates a ‘long journey’ for CoST as it moves from ‘cumbersome’ paper-based processes from public procuring entities to a systematic tool for disclosing user-friendly open data, available in real time.

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