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Birth Certification

“Celebrating the Birth” 1664 / Jan Steen



“Birth is the sudden opening of a window,

through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect.

For what has happened? A miracle.

You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.” 

— William MacNeile Dixon



A title from the standards catalog published by the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) may interest education communities:

ANSI/NASPO 2019 BC Minimum Security Requirements for United States Birth Certification Documents

From the product prospectus:

The scope of this standard is to define minimum security requirements for the design, production, supply chain, and recommendations for issuance of government birth certificates used for official purposes. The standard will not establish requirements for the handling and security of Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

The goal for this standard is to protect against fraud and reduce the risk associated with using compromised documents that support critical transactions. This standard establishes the minimum security technologies that should be incorporated into birth certificates for authentication, and the minimum requirements for manufacture and distribution to vital records offices. This standard also recommends best practices for the secure storage and issuance of birth certificates.

Many education communities are bound to statues that require confirmation of a student or employee’s country of origin.  Our reading of best practice literature reveals that every state has its own rules for establishing residency status; at least among US nationals, so this product appears to offer more dimension to birth certification particulars.

NASPO sells the product.  A certification and training regimen is offered.   NASPO members receive discounts.  This is a feature of the business models of many ANSI-accredited standards setting organizations.

There are enough issues in the $300 billion facility operation of US education communities that we do not need to stray outside our wheelhouse getting involved in birth certification issues but, since we work in a related domain, we simply pass this on to others on the front line of student residency issues.  An industry very close to combustion temperature should at least know about NASPO consensus products.

NASPO is ANSI’s US Technical Advisory Group Administrator of the US position on ISO Committee 292 — Security and resilience — a global committee focused on standardization in the field of security to enhance the safety and resilience of society.  ISO products provide policy templates for governments in all nations.  We urge our colleagues in education communities to participate in NASPO and/or ISO consensus product development as a user-interest.   As of this posting, there are no education community representatives on the US TAG to ISO 292  CLICK HERE to communicate directly with NASPO.

We maintain NASPO products on the standing agenda of our periodic Risk and Global teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [16-139]

Category: Risk, Global

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jack Janveja


“Standard” History

“The Historian Animating The Mind of A Young Painter” 1784 Thomas Rowlandson British

“When Herodotus composed his great work,” Richard Cohen writes at the start of Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past, “people named it The Histories, but scholars have pointed out that the word means more accurately ‘inquiries’ or ‘researches.’ Calling it The Histories dilutes its originality.

I want to make a larger claim about those who have shaped the way we view our past—actually, who have given us our past. I believe that the wandering Greek’s investigations brought into play, 2,500 years ago, a special kind of inquiry—one that encompasses geography, ethnography, philology, genealogy, sociology, biography, anthropology, psychology, imaginative re-creation (as in the arts), and many other kinds of knowledge, too. The person who exhibits this wide-ranging curiosity should rejoice in the title: historian.”

Soundcloud Podcast: The World in Time


Readings / Formosa

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“On Holiday (Girl resting on the grass)” 1879 Kuznetsov Nikolai Dmitrievich

University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens

St. John’s University

University of Florida

Harvard University

Lunds universitet Scania

Swarthmore College Pennsylvania

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Anglo-americká vysoká škola, z.ú. Czech Republic

Michigan State University

University of the Ozarks


Freie Universität Berlin

Kent State University

Uniwersytet Warszawski

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Bard College / New York

Michigan State University Healing Garden

Japanese Garden | Normandale Community College Minnesota

东北师范大学 | Northeast Normal University | Changchun, Jilin, China

University of Michigan | Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Shenandoah University | Winchester, Virginia

Princeton University Secret Garden | Photo by Sarah Ly

King’s College | London, United Kingdom


École Normale Supérieure | Paris, France

Arizona Cactus Garden | Stanford University

Duke University / North Carolina

Oxford University

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

University of Helsinki Botanical Garden

University of Notre Dame / South Bend, Indiana

University of Tromsø the Arctic University of Norway

Florida Tech Botanical Garden

University of Nottingham

Smith University Botanical Garden

Aarhus University | Denmark


High Point University | North Carolina

Universiteit Stellenbosch | Western Cape, South Africa

Louisiana State University

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Rutgers University

Great Court University of Queensland Australia

University of Oklahoma

Wageningen University | The Netherlands




Nursery Stock



“Temple, Fountain and Cave in Sezincote Park” | Thomas Daniell (1819) | Yale Center for British Art

From time to time we break from our interest in lowering the cost of our “cities-within-cities” to enjoy the work of our colleagues responsible for seasonal ambience and public art.  We have a dedicated post that celebrates the accomplishments of our gardeners and horticultural staff.   Today we dedicate a post to campus fountains–a focal point for gathering and a place for personal reflection for which there is no price.

Alas, we find a quickening of standards developing organizations growing their footprint in the spaces around buildings now.  They used to confine the scopes of their standardization enterprises to the building envelope.  That day will soon be behind us as an energized cadre of water rights social justice workers, public safety, sustainability and energy conservation professionals descend upon campus fountains with prescriptive requirements for evaporation rates, bromine concentrations, training, certification and inspections.  In other words regulators and conformity functionaries will outnumber benefactors and fountain designers 1 million to 1.

We will deal with all that when the day comes.  For the moment, let’s just enjoy them.

We are happy to walk you through the relevant structural, water safety, plumbing and electrical issues any day at 11 AM EST during our daily standing online teleconferences.   Click on any image for author attribution, photo credit or other information.

Purdue University

The Great Court at Trinity College, Cambridge

Regent University

University of Washington

Hauptgebäude der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Bayern, Deutschland

College of the Desert / Palm Desert, California

California Institute of Technology

Berry College

Utah Valley University

Universitat d’Alacant / Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Spain

Collin County Community College / Plano, Texas

University of Toledo

University of Michigan College of Engineering

Harvard University

Florida State University

University of North Texas


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