So what's the latest on MTConnect? Funny you should ask. I happen to have an answer. To promote the new concept and application of MTConnect, a student competition is being held between Universities and Institutes. The goal is for students to explore and develop the use of the standard, the resulting data, and analysis of the outcome.
Information sharing has increased over the past decade in hopes of advancing technology leaps and bounds, rather than just baby steps. Open source changed the hybrid for Toyota and Microsoft is continuing to make an effort to bridge their information with the open source community to improve upon their product.
For more information and to participate in the competition check out the details at MTConnect.com.