TagVault.org is a non-profit organization formed under the structure of IEEE-ISTO. It is a registration and certification authority for software identification tags (SWID tags) based on the ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 standard. TagVault is a member-driven organization that provides a forum for sharing information and resources about software tags among software publishers, tool providers and SAM practitioners. TagVault provides a shared library of technical knowledge and software tools including consistent cross-vendor, cross-platform APIs.
During the WG21 Interim meeting in Reading, England, the week of Oct 26, 2009, a resolution was passed recognizing the effort of the 19770-2 other working group (OWG) that developed the standard. The following is the resolution as passed.
WG21 thanks the convener, committee chairs and volunteers involved in the other working group (OWG) responsible for the development of the ISO/IEC 19770-2 standard that specifies software identification tags. The Final Draft of this International Standard was approved for publication by ISO in October 2009. This standard provides a highly structured, cross-platform, cross-vendor definition for software identification details and removes many of the complexities involved in software discovery/inventory procedures the SAM ecosystem must deal with today.
By Howard Hastings - Chairman of the Board of TagVault.org
When I started in IT we only had mainframes. Those of us managing these systems knew exactly what software was installed, and understood the contracts including all the critical licensing terms and conditions – it was a key part of our jobs. That was long ago and things have changed dramatically since then ... but not always for the better!
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TagVault.org, the registration authority for ISO/IEC 19770-2 software identification tags, and KPMG, a global network of professional services firms with over 135,000 people working together to deliver value in more than 140 countries, would like to invite you to a free, industry-pertinent webinar that will explore ways in which organizations like yours can utilize effective Software Asset Management (SAM) processes to reduce software management life-cycle costs. If you are a software purchaser, software publisher or SAM tool provider, then you won’t want to miss this webinar presented by TagVault.org’s Executive Director, Steve Klos, and Jonathan Naseath, Manager, Advisory Services, KPMG.
IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization Announces a New Program – TagVault.org
Organizations joining TagVault.org start the process by creating a registration identifier (regid). The regid is a unique and consistent identifier for an organization at a specific point in time. (Time is important because regids include domain names, which can be transferred between organizations.) An organization's regid is used in many places, such as in software identification tags (SWID tags). The regid ensures that every reference to an organization will always be exactly the same - making software asset management (SAM) reporting and management processes much easier. After an organization creates its regid, it sends it to TagVault.org for certification.
TagVault.org is a non-profit organization that is a program of IEEE-ISTO. The goal of TagVault.org is to simplify and secure software identification procedures as well as to help the market transition from an antiquated software identificaiton and reconcilitation process to a more automated process. Information about how to join the organization and what it is doing for the market is available for download. If you have any questions regarding membership, please feel free to contact us.