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SDO: InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards


Primary Contact

Jennifer Garner
Director, Standards Programs
InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS)
c/o Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
1250 Eye Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.737.8888
Fax: 202.638.4922

Organizational Overview

Information technology developers, producers and users depend on the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) as their forum of choice for the creation and maintenance of formal, de jure IT standards. INCITS is accredited by, and operates under rules approved by, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These rules are designed to ensure that voluntary standards are developed by the consensus of directly and materially affected interests. The expressed mission of INCITS is to promote the effective use of Information and Communication Technology through standardization in a way that balances the interests of all stakeholders and increases the global competitiveness of the member organizations.

Scope of Standards Developing Activity

Many of the INCITS subgroups serve as US Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO/IEC JTC 1 Subcommittees, Working Groups and an ISO Technical Committee. The INCITS Executive Board is the US TAG to ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information Technology.

INCITS is sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade association representing the leading US providers of information technology products and services.

INCITS was founded as Accredited Standards Committee X3 in 1961.

Currently, INCITS standards development activity is focused on the following areas: Identification Cards and Related Devices; Optical Digital Data Disks; Cyber Security; Database; Computer Graphics and Image Processing; Programming Languages; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Character Sets and Internationalization; JPEG and MPEG; Metadata; Biometrics; Open Distributed Processing (ODP); Radio Frequency Identification (RFID); SCSI Storage Interfaces; Fibre Channel Interfaces; ATA Storage Interface; Real Time Locating Systems; Text Processing; IT Access Interfaces; IT for Learning, Education and Training; and Office Equipment.

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