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ISO Focus+: 50  years of ICT collaboration

Geneva, 5 September 2011

The September 2011 issue of ISO Focus+ remembers the creation of Ecma in 1961 and the close co-operation between ISO and Ecma since then:

“50 years of ITC collaboration - The longest held cooperative relationship of joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, with a liaison partner, was recognized in July 2011, as Ecma International celebrated their Golden Jubilee anniversary. The event, held in Divonne, France, followed Ecma International's 101st General Assembly meeting. Representatives from ISO, IEC and ISO/IEC JTC 1 participated.

Ecma's liaison relationship with the ISO information technology community began with ISO/IEC JTC 1's predecessor ISO/TC 97. In the 24 years since the formation of JTC 1, an excellent working partnership has evolved. As a Category A Liaison, Ecma was the first organization to use the fast track procedure within JTC 1 after it was approved by ISO in 1985. In 1987, the first two Ecma fast tracks were approved: 8 bit single byte coded graphic character sets and data interchange flexible disk standards.

Approximately 250 Ecma fast track standards have been adopted as JTC 1 standards or technical reports. With such figures, it is no surprise that Ecma is one of the most prolific and successful relationships enjoyed by ISO/IEC JTC 1.”

Please see here the article in the September 2011 issue of ISO Focus+.

For more information: please contact Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International. Email:



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