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

Upcoming SES Webinar on Digital Access to Standards to Feature ANSI's Michael Petosa
ANSI member and accredited standards developer SES - The Society for Standards Professionals will hold a webinar focused on digital content authoring and access issues related to voluntary consensus standards on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. eastern. The webinar will provide a look at the impact of emerging digital technologies on standards publishing, including looks at annotation metadata and Digital Rights Management (DRM).

The webinar will be led by Michael Petosa, ANSI vice president of information technology. Mr. Petosa is responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of ANSI's IT strategy and ensuring that this important work continues to assist the Institute in its efforts to meet operational and business needs.

The webinar is offered free of charge to all current SES members and costs $50 for non-members. Under a reciprocal agreement between the two organizations, ANSI full member technical contacts are considered SES members and can take part in the webinar at no cost. More information on the webinar is available on SES's website.

JEDEC Releases New Edition of Solid State Technology Dictionary
The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, recently announced the publication of the sixth edition of its Dictionary of Terms for Solid State Technology. The dictionary, also known as JESD88E, is intended to promote the uniform use of definitions, terms, symbols, and other relevant vocabulary related to the solid state industry, while also providing value as a reference work to technical writers and other professionals.

The new edition - which was assembled by JEDEC's JC-10 Committee on Terms, Definitions, and Symbols - features terms and definitions taken from 14 standards developed following the 2010 publication of the dictionary's fifth edition, as well as updated information connected to 26 other publications. The dictionary now contains more than 3,000 entries, as well as an annex providing information on source publications used to create the document.

JESD88E is available for download free of charge. A searchable online version of the dictionary is also available.

NFPA Announces Fire Protection Research Foundation Symposium on Fire and Electrical Safety
The Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of ANSI member and audited designator the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), will host a symposium on current and emerging issues related to electrical and fire safety on November 13-14, 2013, in Washington, DC.

The symposium, titled "The Next Five Years in Fire and Electrical Safety - Updating the Foundation's Strategic Research Agenda," will include more than 20 presentations on subjects such as fire safety in sustainable buildings during 10 sessions. Engineers, researchers, and representatives of government agencies, nonprofits, and industry will take part in the symposium.

Online registration for the symposium is currently available; the registration fee is $235 per person until October 15, and $295 after October 15. For more information about the foundation and its activities, visit

Approval of U.S. TAG Accreditation for ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Technical Committee
ANSI's Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has formally approved the accreditation of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Project Committee (PC) 283, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - Requirements, with ANSI member and accredited standards developer the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) serving as TAG Administrator. For additional information, please contact Timothy Fisher, ASSE's director of practices and standards, by email at [email protected], or by calling 847-768-3411.

Approval of U.S. TAG Accreditation for ISO Clean Cookstoves Technical Committee
ANSI's ExSC has formally approved the accreditation of the U.S. TAG to ISO PC 285, Clean cookstoves and clean cooking solutions, with ANSI (with technical and financial support from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, part of the United Nations Foundation) serving as TAG Administrator. For additional information, please contact Sally Seitz, ANSI senior manager for standards facilitation, by email at [email protected], or by calling 212-642-4918.


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