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Standardisation Processes in IT

Impact, Problems and Benefits of User Participation

Authors: Jakobs, Kai

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2. 1 Standards and Standardisation in IT -A General Overview The process of standardisation cannot be regarded as a simple, one­ dimensional activity required to lay down technical rules and guidelines, taking place in a removed world of its own. Rather, it must be considered in conjunction with the environment within which it takes place. Very different facets need to be taken into account when trying to actually understand this process. Even if we disregard social, moral and religious rules for the moment, standards -still in a very general sense -have been with us for quite some time: about 5,000 years ago the first alphabets emerged, enabling completely new forms of communication and information storage. Some 2,500 years later, the first national, coin-based currency, invented by the Lydians, established the basis for easier inter-regional and even international trading. The industrial revolution in the 18th century and, more so, the advent of the railroad in the 19th century resulted in a need for technical standards, which was once more reinforced when mass production generated a demand for interchangeable parts. In parallel, the invention of the electric telegraph in 1837 triggered the development of standards in the field of electrical communication technology. In 1865, the International Telegraph Union -to become the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1932 -was founded by twenty states. The other major international standards setting body, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), was established in 1947.

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Dr. Kai Jakobs arbeitet als Leitender Systemtechniker am Lehrstuhl für Informatik IV der RWTH Aachen.

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Kai is with the Technical Staff of Aachen University's (RWTH) Computer Science
Department, and holds a PhD in Computer Scienceform the University of
Edinburgh.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Standardisation Processes in IT
Book Subtitle
Impact, Problems and Benefits of User Participation
Authors
Series Title
XProfessional Computing
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Vieweg+Teubner Verlag
Copyright Holder
Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Braunschweig/Wiesbaden
eBook ISBN
978-3-322-86847-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-322-86847-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-528-05689-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 250
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