New Zealand International Review Group information technology

Issue 21 – October 2010

Standards New Zealand held its inaugural meeting of the New Zealand JTC 1 'Information Technology' (IT) international review group on Tuesday 28 September 2010. The group will provide New Zealand's input into the ISO/IEC JTC 1 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 IT equipment
  • IT security techniques
  • biometrics
  • distributed application platforms and services
  • corporate governance of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Other emerging areas of focus were identified as:

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

This new group will provide an opportunity for New Zealand stakeholders to form a New Zealand position on matters that are being considered by the ISO/IEC JTC 1 committee. The group will meet twice a year and are considering hosting open forum sessions to discuss key activities occurring within JTC1, open to any interested party in the ICT sector.

The group endorsed a New Zealand representative to attend the upcoming JTC1 plenary meeting in November.

ISO/IEC JTC 1 was formed in 1987 and has written over 2000 Standards in the field of information technology. They cover topics from biometrics to software engineering and corporate governance of IT.

More information about the past and current work of ISO/IEC JTC ( can be found at the ISO website.

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