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JTC 1 Plenary in San Diego Moves ICT Standardization Forward

New York, Nov 21, 2011

On November 7-12, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hosted the 26th plenary meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology Standards, in San Diego.

From computers and credit cards to information security to RFID, JTC 1 has advanced the standardization needs of information and communications technologies (ICT) around the world. The 26th plenary meeting drew 140 representatives from 22 ISO/IEC national member bodies and liaison organizations to further standardization activities in the field.

The United States plays a leading role in the work of ISO/IEC JTC 1, with ANSI serving as secretariat, and ANSI member and accredited standards developer the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) administering the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to JTC 1. In addition to this leadership role, INCITS provided the funding for the meeting and was praised by the participants for the outstanding facilities and meeting organization.

At the meeting, Karen Higginbottom, director of standards at Hewlett Packard, was appointed for a second three-year term as JTC 1 chair.

“Under Karen’s leadership, the committee has made tremendous progress toward a large number of key objectives,” said ANSI senior vice president and chief operating officer Frances Schrotter in her opening remarks. “There is no doubt that she has truly taken JTC 1 to a new level.”

Prompted by previous work related to energy efficiency and greening, JTC 1 created Subcommittee (SC) 39, Sustainability of and by IT, with the United States offering to provide the chairman and serve as the secretariat. JTC 1 also congratulated SC 38, Distributed Application Platforms and Services, for finalizing its study group report on cloud computing.

JTC 1 extended the scope of one of its subcommittees to allow it to respond to technology developments, in particular in the area of augmented reality. It also encouraged its subcommittees to take up new work and its special working group on planning to explore new areas. Other achievements included the continuation of its ad hoc group on Incubator and approval of Incubator Operational Principles for a one-year pilot project, which may result in two Incubator Groups being created (Digital Preservation and Wireless Power Transfer/Application for ICT). JTC 1 also moved to extend the term of its ad-hoc groups on Structure and on Enabling Tools, and directed the work of its special working group on Smart Grid for the coming year.

JTC 1 received reports from representatives of its liaison organizations including ITU-T, IEC TC100, ISO TC215 and Ecma International, , as well as PAS Submitters (DMTF, OASIS, OMG, SNIA, TCG, The Open Group, W3C, and the UPnP Forum). It noted with significant interest the excellent collaborative process which has led to more than 20 Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) approved last year as ISO/IEC standards from these submitters.

The next ISO/IEC JTC 1 Plenary meeting will take place in Jeju, Korea, on November 5-10, 2012.