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New York, Oct 30, 2009

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.

CEA Calls for Participants in Metadata Study Group
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is seeking participants for a new Metadata Study Group to investigate how and where metadata is used. Metadata is structured data that describes the characteristics of a digital file, a digital stream, or other resource – for example, the title and performer of a music file.

The group will make recommendations concerning the metadata requirements of consumer electronics (CE) devices, the need for CEA relationships with other organizations, the need for coordination of standards development, and possible standards or recommended practices that define how CE products receive, share, process, and display metadata.

To join the Metadata Study Group, complete the application form at

TIA Issues Green Report on Energy and the Environment
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, has issued TIA's ICT Green Report: Energy & Environmental Trends & Forecasts, a new report intended to educate and inform decision makers in need of reliable, relevant information that will help sort fact from fiction and carve out a viable business niche within the green initiative market.

The TIA report aims to provide the information and communications technology (ICT) industry with tools for adapting to an increasingly environmentally conscious world that focuses on the development of green products and services. The report highlights ways that technology companies can enter these new markets while contributing responsibly to the global ecosystem. The comprehensive guide organizes the concepts of climate change, carbon footprint, smart technologies, and green business opportunities for the ICT industry.

For more information, see the TIA press release.

NFPA Offers Fire Prevention Tips for Halloween
According to the report Home Structure Fires That Began with Decorations issued by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, decorations were the first item ignited in an estimated average of more than 1,000 home fires per year from 2002 through 2005. More than half of those fires were started by candles.

To aid in assuring that Halloween is safe and fun for all, the NFPA report provides safety precautions that should be taken when decorating the home inside and out. The report recommends choosing flame-resistant or flame-retardant costumes, reminds revelers to identify exits when visiting haunted houses or other holiday venues in case of emergency, and offers various other safety tips.

For more information, see the NFPA news release.

November 4 AIIM Records Management Webinar Asks “Who’s Taking Care of Your Records?”
The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, will hold a one-hour webinar on identifying where the center of an organizations records management should reside. Issues to be addressed include at what level employees should be responsible for managing the records they create and how to foster a corporate records management culture.

The webinar will be held on November 4, 2009, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST. For those unable to attend, a recording of the session will be available afterward on AIIM’s website.

Advance registration is recommended. For more information, see the AIIM webinar registration page.

ASME Commemorates 125th Anniversary with New Website
ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a commemorative website: In addition, ASME has scheduled events throughout the year to celebrate the rich history of engineering progress, technological safety, and service to industry and government.

ASME’s celebration of its 125 years of codes and standards development is a tribute to the dedicated service of technical experts whose efforts result in internationally accepted standards that enhance public safety and promote global trade.

For more information on the history of ASME and the 125th anniversary celebration, visit

ACS Offers Series of Chemistry Podcasts
The American Chemical Society (ACS), an ANSI organizational member, has produced Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions, a series of podcasts describing some of the 21st Century’s most daunting problems and how cutting-edge research in chemistry plays a role in the quest for solutions.

The podcasts cover challenges including providing the world with ample supplies of safe food and clean water; developing petroleum alternatives; preserving the environment and assuring a sustainable future; and improving human health.

The ACS Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcasts continue through December. To access the podcasts or for more information, see the ACS news item.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel