links for 2011-03-23

  • OSA is licensed in accordance with Creative Commons Share-alike. We believe that Open Source principles result in more secure systems, and want the computing architectures that we depend on for our daily lives to be as secure and reliable as possible.

    Control catalogue
    The control catalog in OSA is currently based upon NIST 800-53. There is a mapping available against ISO17799, and other prominent standards. We feel this is the best control catalog available for the IT industry. This catalog can be used without restriction.

    By taking a single control catalog we allow you to clearly establish how you can meet the objectives of many standards, without having to repeatedly work out what controls are needed and how they can be implemented. In addition we map against threats and supply tests, so you can quickly establish whether a particular control is relevant for your situation, and can check it's working correctly (great for security reviews and audits).

  • Building a community supported by free, open source tools

    The Essential Project is not only about the tools. It provides a useful, active forum for sharing ideas and experiences of applying Enterprise Architecture practices to real world business problems – working together to shape the development of relevant tools.

    Apply Enterprise Architecture in the real world

    The Essential Project is a set of open source, enterprise architecture support tools developed to be used with a variety of EA approaches and frameworks. 'Essential' because these tools are focused on providing capabilities that are essential to maximising the value of enterprise architecture; helping organisations manage and analyse the knowledge needed to make decisions that impact or are impacted by the enterprise architecture.

  • The Data Cube vocabulary is enables the publication of multi-dimensional data such as statistics on the web in such a way that it can be linked to related data sets and concepts. The model underpinning the Data Cube vocabulary is compatible with the cube model that underlies SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange), an ISO standard for exchanging and sharing statistical data and metadata among organizations. The Data Cube vocabulary is a core foundation which supports extension vocabularies to enable publication of other aspects of statistical data flows.
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