Information technology review group inaugural meeting

Issue 22 – November 2010

Standards New Zealand held its inaugural meeting of the New Zealand JTC 1 'Information technology' international review group on Tuesday, 28 September 2010. The group will provide New Zealand's input into the ISO/IEC JTC 1 'Information technology' committee. Recognising the limited resources available to New Zealand it was agreed that the group should focus on key standardisation areas for New Zealand. These were agreed as:

  • software and systems engineering
  • programming languages and interfaces
  • interconnection of information technology equipment
  • information technology security techniques
  • biometrics
  • distributed application platforms and services
  • corporate governance of information and communication technologies.

Other emerging areas of focus were identified as:

  • automatic identification and data capture techniques
  • green information and communication technologies
  • smart grid
  • digital content management
  • energy efficient data centres
  • accessibility and user interfaces in information and communication technologies.

The New Zealand JTC 1 will meet twice a year and plans to host forums to discuss key activities. These sessions will be open to New Zealanders in the information and communication technology sector.

During its first meeting the New Zealand JTC 1 endorsed a New Zealand representative to attend the upcoming ISO/IEC JTC 1 plenary meeting in Belfast, United Kingdom, in mid-November.

ISO/IEC JTC 1 was formed in 1987 and has written over 2260 Standards on the information technology. ISO/IEC JTC 1 covers topics ranging from biometrics to software engineering to corporate governance of information technology.

More information about the past and current work of ISO/IEC JTC 1 (www.iso.org/iso/standards_development/technical_committees/list_of_iso_technical_committees/iso_technical_committee.htm?commid=45020) is available at the ISO website.

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