New OWEAR Program Highlights Emerging De Facto Standards in Open-source Algorithms

The Open Wearables Initiative (OWEAR) announced a new program designed to identify and support open-source algorithms that are being adopted rapidly and may become de facto industry standards.

This OWEAR program uses the number and quality of references to “crowdsource” the identification of potential de facto standards. Once a potential standard is identified, OWEAR will create and maintain a searchable catalog that displays key information about the studies in which the algorithm has been employed, including the therapeutic area, population(s) studied, and number of participants.

OWEAR plans to create a new catalog for each open-source algorithm used in a wearable sensor or other connected health technology that generates more than 25 published papers and meets other quality metrics. The reference-count criterion indicates that the algorithm has garnered significant industry adoption. Shimmer Research, Inc. has agreed to donate the staff time to create and maintain these OWEAR catalogs.

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