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Theme Announced for U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2006 Paper Competition


New York, Apr 06, 2006

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee has issued a call for entries for its annual paper competition. Due by September 1, 2006, papers shall be original, unpublished works between 2,500 and 4,500 words in length and address this year’s theme, "Standards Build Partnerships."

According to a press release issued by the Standards Engineering Society, administrator of the annual paper competition, "The subject of this year’s competition is of interest to just about everyone in the standardization community."

The announcement continues by stating: "The standards system in the United States is complex, decentralized, and based on effective collaboration between the private and public sectors, between standards users and standards developers, and between consumers and industry. Specifically, standards build partnerships between buyers and sellers (facilitating communication and market expansion), the public and private sectors (bringing together industries and their regulators), consumers and industry (allowing consumers a say in health and safety issues), as well as among nations (by fostering trade)."

Papers will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges selected by SES and approved by the 2006 World Standards Day Planning Committee. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best three papers submitted. The first place winner will receive $2,500 and a commemorative plaque. Second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering, with the first place winner also appearing as a special article in a publication of the American National Standards Institute.

The winners will receive their awards at a special ceremony during the World Standards Day exhibition, reception and dinner on Wednesday, October 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Open exclusively to U.S.-based organizations and individuals, the competition provides a means by which every entrant can help educate industry and government leaders to the importance of standards, and foster meaningful communication within the standards community.

All submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight September 1, 2006 by the SES Executive Director, at the following address:

2006 WSD Paper Competition
13340 SW 96th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33176

For rules and other information, please visit the SES website.


In the U.S., World Standards Day is a joint effort between the private and public sector. This year's World Standards Day events are coordinated and funded by the World Standards Day Committee, consisting of representatives from more than 50 major companies, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The co-chairs of the World Standards Day Committee are the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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