2024-02-02 11:00 - 12:00

Today at 16:00 UTC we refresh our understanding of the technical standards for the timing-systems that maintain the temporal framework for daily life in education communities.  The campus clock continues as a monument of beauty and structure even though digitization of everything has rendered the central community clock redundant.

Most leading practice discovery (and innovation) is happening with the Network Time Protocols (NTP) that synchronize the time stamps of widely separated data centers.  In operation since before 1985, NTP is one of the oldest Internet protocols in current use and underlies the Internet of Things build out.  NTP is particularly important in maintaining accurate time stamps for safety system coordination and for time stamps on email log messages.

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Related upcoming events

  • 2023-05-30 11:00 - 2023-05-30 12:00

    Today at 11 AM/ET we update our understanding of best practice literature relevant to the information and communication technology enterprises in education communities.  Our online meetings coincides with the day of two IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee teleconferences at 14:00 Central European time and 2:00 PM Eastern time in the Americas.   Starting 2023 we have begun to break down our coverage of information and communication technology embedded in campus buildings into two modules - Infotech 200 and Infotech 400.

    Open to everyone.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.




  • 2023-05-31 11:00 - 2023-05-31 12:00

    Periodic review of the best practice catalogs that set the standard of care for security of education communities.   Send bella@standardsmichigan.com an email for an advance agenda.

  • 2023-07-10 11:00 - 2023-07-10 12:00

    Today we examine standards-setting activity of non-profit trade associations that set academic standards; with specific interest in how these organizations reference other organizations that set standards for the built environment.


  • 2023-07-18 11:00 - 2023-07-18 12:00

    Illumination technologies have had a pattern of consuming about 35 percent of building electrical energy use.  That number has been pressed downward with the expanded application of LED luminaires and occupant responsive controls; much of the transformation hastened by IEEE and ASHRAE consensus products.

    Today we run through the development status of these products.  Our meeting coincides with the day of two IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee teleconferences at 14:00 Central European time and 2:00 PM Eastern time in the Americas.




  • 2024-04-01 11:00 - 2024-04-01 12:00

    "He who does not speak foreign languages
    knows nothing about his own.“

    — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    We start National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada every year with an inquiry into changes in the (meaning of) definitions at the foundation of best practice literature; frequently the subject of sporty debate among experts writing codes and standards for the built environment of education communities.

    In the United Kingdom, National Poetry Month is celebrated in October, and it is known as "National Poetry Day" which has been observed since 1994. It is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, which aims to encourage people to read, write and perform poetry.

    Other countries also have their own poetry celebrations, such as World Poetry Day, which is observed annually on March 21 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to promote the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry worldwide.

    We use a Tamil mnemonic because Tamil is the oldest surviving language and remains the spoken language of 80-odd million people of South Asia.


  • 2024-04-10 11:00 - 2024-04-10 12:00

    Innovation - Standardization - Commoditization run along a continuum.  Today we unpack some of the ideas that hasten (and prohibit) leading practice discovery; how quickly goods and services become a "human right"; why all of this is relevant to education communities and why some believe that commoditization is a myth.

    From the Wikipedia

    In business literature, commoditization is defined as the process by which goods that have economic value and are distinguishable in terms of attributes (uniqueness or brand) end up becoming simple commodities in the eyes of the market or consumers. It is the movement of a market from differentiated to undifferentiated price competition and from monopolistic competition to perfect competition. Hence, the key effect of commoditization is that the pricing power of the manufacturer or brand owner is weakened: when products become more similar from a buyer's point of view, they will tend to buy the cheapest.



  • 2024-04-16 11:00 - 2024-04-16 12:00




  • 2024-05-01 11:00 - 2024-05-01 12:00

    Periodic walk-through of Human Resource best practice catalog for labor markets generally; and units within the education facility industry specifically.   We inform our discussion based upon today's release on the Employment Situation Summary from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Recommended Reading:

    "The Human Side of Enterprise" 1960 Douglas McGregor

    University of Chicago Press: Readings in Managerial Psychology

    Rutgers University: Organizational Design and Structure


    For an advance agenda send a request to bella@stanardsmichigan.com.   Use the credentials at the upper right of our home page to log in.

  • 2024-05-09 11:00 - 2024-05-09 12:00

    Florence Nightingale is best known for her pioneering work in the field of nursing during the Crimean War (1853-1856). She led a team of nurses to the military hospital in Scutari, Turkey, where they improved hygiene, sanitation, and overall medical care for wounded soldiers. Nightingale's efforts reduced the mortality rate in the hospital by two-thirds and helped establish nursing as a profession. She became known as "The Lady with the Lamp" due to her habit of making rounds at night to check on her patients. Her work during the Crimean War revolutionized the field of nursing and laid the foundation for modern nursing practices.

    Today at 15:00 UTC we review the consensus products that set the standard of care for nursing school instructional and clinical training facilities.   Open to everyone.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

    National Nurses Day 2023


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