03/05/2006 European biometrics centre open PDF Print E-mail
A new European Biometrics Centre of Excellence (CoE) has been created in Brussels . The new centre is an interactive facility, designed to showcase advanced identity management solutions to customers and illustrate potential real-life examples of biometrics technology.

More than just a demo centre, the Biometrics CoE presents opportunities to test the latest biometrics solutions, to assess responses to specific needs and to discuss and debate issues with leading experts who will offer guidance and potential solutions.

02/05/2006 JISC seeking proposals PDF Print E-mail
The Joint Information Systems Committee has today announced that it is inviting institutions to submit funding proposals for projects in the following areas: e-learning, repositories and preservation, and e-infrastructure.

Funding is available for projects starting in September/October 2006 and running for a duration of six months to two and a half years, depending on the area of work.

Full details can be found here.

24/04/2006 British Library to open consultation PDF Print E-mail
The British Library’s content strategy, will be offered for wide-ranging consultation tomorrow (April 25th 2006), and will help determine the Library’s purchasing priorities for the coming years.

The strategy relates mainly to international material that the Library collects using its acquisition budget (currently around £15m p.a.) – which is in addition to UK material received by the Library via legal deposit.

20/04/2006 CIC involved with first Plug-and-Play Value-Added POS Application Platform PDF Print E-mail
Hypercom Corp. today unveiled a new network server appliance enabling the market's first plug-and-play deployment of value-added applications for point-of-sale/point-of-service systems.

The new platform is being demonstrated with SignatureOne(TM) biometric signature authentication software from  Communications Intelligence Corp.  The CIC application enables banks, insurance firms and other organisations providing services to consumers to combat fraud and identity theft by using handwritten signatures to verify identity of their customers.

19/04/2006 CIC Launches New Sign-it with support for Adobe Live Cycle PDF Print E-mail
Audata partner, Communication Intelligence Corporation ("CIC"), a leading supplier of electronic signature solutions for business process automation in the Financial Industry and the recognized leader in biometric signature verification announced today the release of its latest Sign-it® for Adobe® Acrobat® software, an enterprise class solution that extends the capabilities of Adobe LiveCycle(TM) software with multi-modal electronic signatures.  

13/04/2006 Disclaimers could make emails into contracts PDF Print E-mail
The High Court in Manchester has ruled that an email cannot be recognised as a legal written offer if it does not contain a signature or name within the body of the mail. The inclusion of a user name in the message header is not enough.

Judge Pelling ruled that the automatic inclusion of an email address is not enough to count as a signature.

The end result of this could be that people who include a signature and disclaimer at the bottom of their emails might actually be making themselves more liable than people who just send one line emails.

Full story here
04/04/2006 Australian National Archive Switches to open document standard PDF Print E-mail
The National Archive of Australia (NAA) has made the decision to move it's digital archives program over to software that supports the Open Document Format (ODF). The ODF is a public standard for documents created by office productivity suites.

03/04/2006 Audata staff member qualifies as Chartered Manager PDF Print E-mail
Audata are pleased to announce that Gary Johnston, Technical Director, has been accepted as a Chartered Manager by the Chartered Management Institute.  The award of this title allows the use of the designatory CMgr.
01/04/2006 Kent brewers open archive PDF Print E-mail
Kent brewers Shepperd and Neame have made previously unseen documents from their archive available as part of the launch of their new visitors centre.

More information can be found on their website.

27/03/2006 Henry 1 Charter found PDF Print E-mail
A document granting the manor of Maisemore to St Peter's Abbey in Gloucester from King Henry I has been discovered by historians at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire.

Although not dated, experts know the charter was made on 3 September 1101, more than 900 years ago, and have confirmed that it is original.

15/03/2006 Biometric data open to abuse? PDF Print E-mail
The European Data Protection Supervisor has warned that biometric data employed for identification purposes could be misused and lead to "function creep".  The EDPS Peter Hustinx said that the accuracy of biometric data in uniquely identifying a person is "overestimated", and could in fact "facilitate the unwarranted interconnection of databases".

This statement is in opposition to claims made by the UK government.

10/03/2006 Audata to contribute to Witness Seminar Conference PDF Print E-mail
Gary Johnston, Technical Director of Audata, will be contributing to an event entitled 

Exploring the Essence of Records Management
Engaging with Experts

to be held at

St James' Park, NewcastleGateshead

on 05 and 06 May 2006

For full details, please view here.

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