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Blogging the future...

My good friend Kathy Gill, from the University of Washington in Seattle sent along the slides of the talk she presented to the Agence France Presse meeting on Tuesday. The talk is about blogging, podcasting and RSS and the information transfer media of the future.

The organization formerly known as World Batch Forum

Here's a head's-up! WBF has moved their annual conference back from May to March, where it used to be. It is scheduled for March 5-8 in Atlanta in 2006. http://www.wbf.org Chairman Maurice Wilkins sent this set of ideas for papers, and says that the call for papers will be out momentarily.

Process Automation Hall of Fame

It isn't an accident that we selected the WBF for the award dinner for the Process Automation Hall of Fame. WBF, of all of the automation organizations, is likely to be one of the most important, if SAP and Microsoft support for B2MML and the jointure of S88 and S95...

Andrew Bond on ISA

From the July issue of Industrial Automation INSIDER (http://www.iainsider.co.uk), Andrew Bond writes: ISA papers over the cracks Following last month's unscheduled departure of executive director Rob Renner, less than a year after his appointment,ISA seems to be adopting a "˜business as usual' policy and steadfastly ignoring the storm of criticism...

Happy Fifth of July!

Most of you know that yesterday was a huge holiday in the United States, and a time to reflect on costs and benefits. Most of us believe that the liberty we have taken for ourselves in the United States has been worth the cost to defend it.

From the OOPS Department...and a darn good idea

Security expert Eric Byres sets the record straight (see the blog entry for 6/28/2005): "Actually, it is me who needs to apologize. Honeywell (and you in turn) had me quoted correctly. Honeywell and I had quite a few quotes going back and forth prior to the HUG and I forgot...

More commentary on ISA...

I deliberately stopped posting about the situation at ISA a couple of weeks ago, even though I continued to receive comment. My July editorial (soon to be out) talks about what I see, and is my summation of what was said here.

Citect and the future

I've written a lot about Iconics and their modular, "Extreme Distributed Control" model. Iconics isn't alone. There is also Citect. Citect is another example of "The World is Flat" being right on the money. Tom Friedman's book, which you should all immediately run out and buy if you want to...

MES implementations that actually work

Yes, there are some. Sadly, they are still few and far between. There are good signs though. At last week's ARC conference on interoperability SAP was the 5000 pound gorilla. The SAP folks were all over, announcing that they had standardized on WBF's B2MML and S88 and S95 for the...

Suggested summer reading-- on and off topic

I'm going to go camping this weekend, and if you're like me you may want to bring a book or two along wherever you are going. For professional reading, I'm bringing Safety Instrumented Systems Verification by Bill Goble and Harry Cheddie, available from www.isa.org.