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ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on IT Seeks Global Experts on Big Data

Five standards currently under development

Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 13:13

(ANSI: Washington, DC) -- As big data continue to inspire innovative changes in industry and enhance the way organizations and stakeholders work together, standardization supportive of this field remains a top priority in 2016.

Last year, efforts to support standardization related to big data were set in action when the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) on information technology launched JTC1 Working Group 9 (WG9) on big data. Active participant experts from China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States have since supported group efforts in this area, with several programs of work now in progress and seeking additional experts.

As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages all U.S. stakeholders with an interest in big data standardization to get involved in JTC1 and WG9.

Since WG9’s inception, Wo Chang of the United States, digital data advisor for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), has served as convenor. The group has developed active liaison relationships with multiple JTC1 subcommittees as well as ISO TC 69—“Application of statistical methods”; ISO TC 204—“Intelligent transport systems”; ITU-T Study Group 13—“Future networks including cloud computing, mobile and next generation networks”; and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

The JTC1 WG9 active programs of work under development include the following:
• ISO/IEC 2054—“Information technology—Big data—Definition and vocabulary,” is an international standard that provides an overview of big data along with a set of terms and definitions. It provides a terminological foundation for big data-related standards, with an anticipated publication date of October 2018.
• ISO/IEC TR 201547-1—“Information technology—Big data reference architecture—Part 1: Framework and application process,” is a technical report that describes the framework of the big data reference architecture and the process for how a users of a standard can apply it to their particular problem domain. The anticipated publication of this report is May 2018.
• ISO/IEC TR 20547-2—“Information technology—Big data reference architecture—Part 2: Use cases and derived requirements,” is a technical report that deconstructs a set of contributed use cases into general big-data reference architecture (BDRA) requirements, with an anticipated publication date of May 2019.
• ISO/IEC 20547-3—“Information technology—Big data reference architecture—Part 3: Reference architecture,” is an international standard that specifies the BDRA. The reference architecture includes the big data roles, activities, and functional components and their relationships, with an anticipated publication date of May 2019.
• ISO/IEC 20157-4—“Information technology—Big data reference architecture—Part 4: Security and privacy fabric,” is an international standard that specifies the underlying security and privacy fabric that applies to all aspects of BDRA, including the big data roles, activities, and functional components. This standard has an anticipated publication date of May 2019. This standard is under joint development with JTC1, Subcommittee 27, WG4—“Information technology—IT security techniques—Security controls and services.”

To date, WG9 has held four meetings, with the fifth scheduled for July 12–15, 2016, in Beijing.

About JTC1/WG9
Since 1987, JTC1 has addressed the rapidly changing standardization requirements of the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry, speeding the developmental process and the wide deployment of relevant standards. Highlighting a long history of U.S. leadership, ANSI holds the secretariat to JTC1, and Karen Higginbottom, director of standards initiatives at Hewlett-Packard, serves as chair through 2017. The ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator to JTC1 is the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), an ANSI member and accredited-standards developer (ASD).

All interested U.S. stakeholders with expertise in big data or IoT are strongly encouraged to get involved in the U.S. TAG to WG9 or WG10. For more information, contact Jennifer Garner, director of the INCITS standards programs, at jgarner@itic.org.


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