20/06/2010 Comments on the Legal Admissibility of Biometric Signatures PDF Print E-mail
Comments on the Legal Admissibility of Biometric Signatures

David V. Bowen, Audata Ltd. 

The CIC biometric signature software, based on software originally written in the UK for the Atomic Energy Authority, has been in active commercial use for almost 20 years.  During that time one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are Biometric Signatures Admissible in Court [in the UK and Europe]?”  The question has been augmented by a major government campaign to support Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) signatures, and by thought (resulting in a published standard) about the legal admissibility of electronic documents. 

08/06/07 Photosynth - the future of imaging software? PDF Print E-mail
"Using photos of oft-snapped subjects scraped from around the Web, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation."

Photosynth links images from any source together with meta-content from file tags and the internet to create, potentially, a 'metaverse'.  The architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, and the software team have been funded by Microsoft.

The BBC have teamed up[ with Microsoft to preview this new technology -

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29/05/07 Cheating the search engines PDF Print E-mail
Most of us only read the first few results a search engine returns.  So it’s in the interests of business to be at the top of the list.  However take care when choosing the keywords you use to optimise your web sites ranking, in extreme situation it could get you site removed completely.  See BBC Technology article for more information.

Audata can help you choose meaningful META tags for your website.
14/09/2006 Royal Society Open Archive to the Public PDF Print E-mail
The Royal Society has made available over 340 years worth of science journals.
31/07/2006 Lords Science and Technology Committee to investigate personal internet security PDF Print E-mail
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee are this week launching a new inquiry into personal internet security. With the ever growing use of home computers, the spread of broadband, and the rise in internet banking and commerce the importance of proper internet security measures has never been greater.

The inquiry will provide the first in depth Parliamentary study of an issue that will be of ever increasing importance to the public, business and Government.

The Committee are inviting evidence on a range of issues to do with personal internet security. Members are keen to receive evidence from members of the public who have had direct experience of problems with internet security.

27/07/2006 New policy for delivering tomorrow's libraries PDF Print E-mail
Culture and Arts Minister, Maria Eagle, MP, has outlined details of a new policy on libraries of the future.

Speaking at the launch of 'Delivering Tomorrow's Libraries', the Minister said: "The library service for the 21st century should be flexible and responsive because society is changing and public services must adapt to match the changing needs of the public.

"Libraries should provide a focal point for social, cultural and economic life in the community. They should help people to expand their knowledge by providing a wealth of books and information, together with advice on how to use them. In short, public libraries should be for everyone, people of all ages, at every stage in their lives."

27/07/2007 EU project to address digital preservation across culture, arts and science PDF Print E-mail
The valuable digital assets of many cultural and scientific institutions across Europe representing the cumulated knowledge of generations are becoming increasingly vulnerable and at risk of being no longer accessible, given the fast evolution of computer hardware and software.

The European Union, under the Information Society Technologies R&D programme, is co-funding (providing 8.8 M Euro out of the total planned spend of 16 M Euro) a new project aiming at addressing this risk.

21/07/2006 96% of British Library Readers rate services as excellent PDF Print E-mail
The BL has become the first public sector organisation to use video to bring its Annual Report to life. An interview with Chief Executive Lynne Brindley highlights the British Library's key achievements as part of the online edition of the Annual Report (2005/6) at

Of the readers using the British Library Reading Rooms, 96% rated the services and facilities as 'excellent' or 'good 'as reported in the British Library Annual Report 2005/6 published today.

18/07/2006 IT development eases sharing of information PDF Print E-mail
A new IT development is marking the beginning of the end of 'can't open yours' culture.

As part of its drive to reduce the cost of services without compromising quality, Bristol City Council today joined the Open Document Format (ODF) Alliance. The move is expected to make it easier to share documents in different formats and avoid the frustrating 'can't open yours' culture, which slows down work.

14/07/2006 Information Commissioner - Share data properly PDF Print E-mail
Launching his annual report today the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, sends a clear message that data protection provides a valuable framework for sharing personal information across the public sector, and should not be seen as a barrier.

Responding to the government’s renewed focus on projects to share personal information among public sector bodies, the Information Commissioner acknowledges the clear benefits these initiatives could bring - safeguarding the public, improving services and reducing costs. However, he stresses that government and other public bodies must retain public trust and confidence, and will only achieve this if they share personal information in a secure, lawful and responsible way.

13/07/2006 Electronic patient record “serious threat” to patient confidentiality PDF Print E-mail
Doctors in this week’s BMJ have their say on whether patients should have to opt in or out of electronic patient records.

The medical profession is concerned that, in the proposed summary care record, data will be accessed with no further input from the patient, and this is not being made sufficiently clear to the public, write Drs Paul Cundy and Alan Hassey in a letter to this week's journal.

"Patients and clinicians must have confidence that information will be secure and shared only with patient consent," they say.

10/07/2006 NO2ID: Axe "fraud" ID scheme NOW PDF Print E-mail
Following devastating revelations in the Sunday Times yesterday, civil liberties campaigners demanded an immediate and permanent halt to the government’s ID cards programme, and repeal of the ID legislation.

A series of e-mails leaked by a senior official “close to the Treasury” confirm that the project is in melt-down, blame Tony Blair personally for the fiasco, and predict a botched introduction that “could put back the introduction of ID cards for a generation”.

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