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Did You Know?


New York, Jun 14, 2007

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

Standards for Sustainable Textiles
ANSI accredited standards developer NSF International is partnering with the American Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) and the sustainable design organization GreenBlue to develop a standard for sustainable textiles.

Designed to provide a transparent and fair means of assessing textile products that claim sustainable attributes, the draft standard will serve as a resource for the textile industry on sustainable design and manufacture. When complete, BSR/NSF 336-200x, Sustainable Textile Standard, will address raw materials, safety of chemical inputs, energy, water, recyclability and social responsibility.

The NSF International Joint Committee met last month to review stakeholders’ comments and the status of the standard. While the document goes through its fine-tuning process, a pilot program is being carried out with participating manufacturers.

NISO Updates Digital Collections Framework for Museums and Libraries
Once viewed by many as places to house archaic artifacts and dust-covered tomes, museums and libraries today create and acquire vast amounts of digital content.

With support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ANSI member NISO (the National Information Standards Organization) has launched the third edition of A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections, a guidance document to help museums and libraries access and use digital content.

The Framework, which lays out best practices for creating, managing, and preserving digital collections and objects, also provides links to relevant supporting standards and resources. The latest revision is designed to improve coverage of non-text formats, digital preservation, Web 2.0 concepts, as well as international initiatives. As a key part of the update, NISO will transform the Framework into a community-maintained resource, allowing anyone with expertise to suggest new links, add annotations, and participate in discussions about content. For details, please visit the NISO website.

Energy Initiatives at Home and Abroad

  • NAM, DoE Sign MOU to Increase American Energy Efficiency

  • The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week to maximize industrial energy efficiency in the United States. Energy use by U.S. industry accounts for one third of the nation’s total energy consumption.

    Specifically, DOE and NAM will engage in activities that help manufacturing facilities implement an energy management program, adopt clean, efficient technologies, and achieve continual energy efficiency improvements. The partnership supports DOE's Save Energy Now effort, which provides energy assessments at industrial plants. For more information, please click here.

  • DOE Invites Public Input on Energy Management System Standard Proposal

  • DoE is inviting all interested stakeholders to participate in a July 10 meeting to discuss a possible U.S. bid for a new ISO (International Organization for Standardization) field of technical activity on energy management systems standards (MSS) [See related article: ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Field of Activity].

    According to a recent DoE proposal, the growing global constraints on energy supply and the significance of energy efficiency in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions deem advancements in energy management system standards necessary.

    If proposed and approved, the U.S. would seek leadership of this ISO activity. For meeting details, and to register, please click here.

Cuba Joins IEC as 68th Member
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) announced that Cuba has been approved as an associate member, bringing IEC’s membership to fifty-one full members, seventeen associate members, and seventy-six affiliates. Additional information is available here.

Call for Participation in New U.S. TAG Activities

  • Educational Services

  • The ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC) recently approved the accreditation of a U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 232, Educational Services. ANSI will act as the TAG administrator with a commitment of support from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). ISO/TC 232 will address topics such as methods and criteria for monitoring education programs; teacher, instructor, and curriculum requirements; communication methods and techniques; and methods and criteria for measuring customer satisfaction with learning programs.

    Individuals wishing to participate in this U.S. TAG may contact Rachel Howenstine at rhowenstine@ansi.org.

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • The ANSI ExSC has appointed the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) to serve as TAG Administrator of a newly accredited U.S. TAG to ISO Technical Committee 234, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The scope of the committee spans terminology, aquaculture farms and equipment, monitoring of aquaculture sites, data reporting, traceability and waste disposal.

    For additional information please contact Scott Cedarquist, director of standards and technical activities with ASABE, at cedarq@asabe.org.

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