Call for Articles and Advertisers Announced for Project Haystack 10th Anniversary Celebration 2021 Issue of Connections Magazine

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – February 9, 2021 – The Project Haystack Organization (, a collaborative community addressing the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling and tagging to streamline the interchange of data among different systems, devices, equipment and software applications, today announced the next issue of the Project Haystack Connections Magazine is in development and is issuing a Call for Contributed Articles and Advertising Sponsors from the community providing Haystack-compatible products and solutions around the world.

Connections Magazine, published bi-annually, documents how the Project Haystack community is applying or implementing the Haystack Tagging methodology in the building and facilities management industry. Facility owners, operators, managers and service companies recognize that a standardized approach to semantic data modeling is key to overcoming the hurdles related to effectively using the data produced by the built environment.

“We are excited to reach this milestone of 10 years developing such a widely accepted standard for semantic modeling methodology and expanding our tagging libraries for a broader number of applications,” said John Petze, Executive Director of the Project Haystack Organization. “Since our organization’s formation in March 2011, this community-driven, open-source project has been engaging more and more companies that are fully committed to developing different facets of specifying and implementing smarter commercial buildings and industrial facilities.”

This issue of Connections Magazine will also feature information about the recently announced fifth biennial Haystack Connect Conference to be held virtually May 4 – 6, 2021. Haystack Connect is a unique, open-forum event where the Haystack community convenes to learn and share the latest technologies and techniques for connecting systems and utilizing the ever-increasing amount of device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other IoT devices and applications.

“In celebration of the Project Haystack’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and to allow the greatest number of people to attend, we are making registration for Haystack Connect 2021 free for all attendees,” said Marc Petock, Executive Secretary of the Project Haystack Organization. “We encourage our community to consider being a Sponsor of this year’s event and the Call for Speakers is now open as well.”

The magazine will feature information about the conference agenda including keynote presentations and technical sessions for beginners to the most advanced users and software developers. Topics will cover data acquisition, communications, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics, data semantics, modeling and security. More information about Haystack Connect 2021 is available at

Articles in past issues of Connections Magazine have been submitted by end users, including design consultants, commissioning experts, smart building consultants, property managers and developers – all of whom are meeting the demand for smarter, interoperable solutions. Project Haystack Working Groups provide updates to their work and as always, there will be sections dedicated to Tools for Developers and Integrators, How to Get Involved, a curation of social media about Project Haystack Member Projects, Practices and Products, and a directory of all Project Haystack Members.

The Connections Magazine also provides a valuable Advertising opportunity for companies that are providing Haystack-compatible products and solutions to reach the world-wide, ever-growing Project Haystack community.

The Project Haystack Organization consists of Founding Member and Board Member companies Conserve It, J2 Innovations, Legrand, Lynxspring, Siemens and SkyFoundry, and Associate Member companies Accu-Temp Systems, Altura Associates, BASSG, Bueno Systems, Brainbox AI, BuildingFit, CABA, e-Magic, Energy Management Association, Intellastar, Intelligent Buildings, IoT Warez, KMC Controls, KNX Association, Kodaro, KODE Labs, Resolute Building Intelligence, Tridium, WideSky and Yorkland Controls, as well as numerous Haystack supporters involved in the Project Haystack Forums and Working Groups.

More information about the Project Haystack Connections Magazine and how to submit an Article abstract or to Advertise is available at

About Project Haystack

Celebrating 10 Years. Since its formation in March of 2011, the Project Haystack Organization, a 501(c) non-profit trade association, has been providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment to address the challenge of making data self-describing using semantic modeling, also known as data tagging. The work developed by the Project Haystack member companies and community streamlines the process of managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data produced by smart devices and equipment systems. The Haystack methodology can be used with virtually any type of system and device data and is not tied to any vendor or communication protocol.

More information about the Project Haystack Organization for Developers, the Discussion Forums and Working Groups can be found at: The Haystack 4 Developers website is being transitioned to


Robin Bestel

Editor, Connections Magazine
Project Haystack

John Petze

Project Haystack, Executive Director

Principal, SkyFoundry

Marc Petock

Project Haystack, Executive Secretary

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Lynxspring, Inc.


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