ISO/IEC JTC 1 Plenary in November

ISO/IEC JTC 1 2011 Plenary Meeting in California

By Isabelle Valet-Harper of ISO/IEC JTC 1

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization)/IEC JTC (Joint Technical Committee) 1: Information Technology Standards, is the standards development environment where experts come together to develop worldwide ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) standards for business and consumer applications. Additionally, JTC 1 provides the standards approval environment for integrating diverse and complex ICT technologies.

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Full agenda

The ISO/IEC JTC 1 Plenary took place on 7-12 November 2011 in San Diego, California, US (United States). On behalf of ANSI (American National Standards Institute), Frances Schrotter welcomed the 137 representatives from ISO/IEC National Bodies (22 in attendance) and liaison organizations. The meeting was chaired by Karen Higginbottom, who welcomed Henry Cuschieri as the new ISO Central Secretariat representative. The meeting observed a minute of silence in remembrance of Mike Smith, who for many years provided friendly support and wise advice to the Committee.

New JTC 1 Subcommittee

During this meeting, prompted by previous work on Energy Efficiency of Data Centers and Green by IT (Information Technology), JTC 1 took the decision to create SC (Subcommittee) 39: Sustainability of and by IT, with the US offering to assume responsibility for the secretariat of the SC. JTC 1 congratulated its SC 38: Distributed Application Platforms and Services, for the finalization of its Study Group Report on Cloud Computing. Other JTC 1 achievements included approval of Incubator Operational Principles for a one-year pilot project, which has allowed two Incubator Groups to be created (Digital Preservation and Wireless Power Transfer/Application for ICT). JTC 1 also extended the term of its ad-hoc groups on structure and on enabling tools, and directed the work of its SWG (Special Working Group) on Smart Grid for the coming year.

JTC 1 has further refined its tools and operational processes by setting up an online calendar of all its meetings, streamlining its procedures and improving their communication, reaffirmed its policies, and emphasized publication opportunities, with the full support of the ISO and IEC Central Secretariat and Office. JTC 1 extended the scope of several of its subcommittees to allow them 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 SWG on Planning to explore new areas.


JTC 1 gratefully received reports from representatives of its Liaison Organizations including ITU-T (Telecommunications Standardization Sector), IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, ISO TC 215: Health informatics, Ecma International and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and PAS (Publicly Available Specifications) 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 PAS being approved last year as ISO/IEC International Standards from these submitters.

The meeting concluded thanking ANSI for their excellent hosting, wishing Michael Breidthardt (Germany) HoD and SWG (Subcommittee Working Group) on Planning Convenor) a happy retirement, and congratulating Higginbottom on her appointment for a second 3-year term as JTC 1 Chairman. The next ISO/IEC JTC 1 Plenary meeting will take place in Jeju, Korea, on 5-10 November 2012.

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JTC 1 Chair Karen Higginbottom JTC 1 Chair Karen Higginbottom
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