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 Tuesday, 09 January 2007

From the beginning of 2007, ITU-T Recommendations will be available without charge for a trial period.

With only a small number of exceptions all in-force Recommendations will be available in PDF form via a simple mouse click.

There is a general belief that the strategic importance of making on-line access to ITU-T Recommendations free outweighs the costs (in terms of lost revenue) to ITU. This is seen as a way to increase the transparency of ITU-T work and encourage wider participation in ITU-T activities. It is also believed that this policy will help increase developing countries' awareness of pertinent issues and help to promote the participation of academia in ITU-T work.

ITU-T Recommendations are available here.

Tuesday, 09 January 2007 11:50:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 05 June 2006

As part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of ITU-T, you are invited to vote for the most influential standards work from ITU-T.

ITU work is behind many of the worlds most prevalent information and communications technologies. Choose here from our shortlist which you think has best shaped the ICT world of today, or feel free to suggest your own idea.



Monday, 05 June 2006 08:05:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 17 May 2005

A tool recently made available on the ITU-T website gives users a new way to look at ITU-T Recommendations.

The tool was developed to address a need of members to better manage the assignment of Recommendation numbers. But it also gives an excellent overview of recommendations showing in a 'tree structure' the different series and sub-series, the study groups responsible for them, recommendations that are shared by different study groups, recently withdrawn recommendations etc.

One Study Group chair said: “Having wrestled with trying to find a better way to list recommendations allocated to study groups, I am very pleased to see the substantial progress this tool represents. It is a huge step forward. I think this tool will stimulate all the study groups to review what is under their responsibility and to go about rationalizing the issues in assignments, names, groupings, etc.”

See the tool here.

Tuesday, 17 May 2005 11:07:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 16 May 2005

Version two of the publication that aims to help new members acquaint themselves with the working practices and practicalities of ITU-T is available. 

The updated Guide for Beginners gives details on the structure of ITU as well as some background history. But its raison d’etre is to give participants in the study programme of ITU-T a signposted plan for involvement. So there are details on rules, how study groups are made-up, how Recommendations are approved, electronic working methods, how to join and what to expect at a meeting, among many other things. 

An electronic version of the guide is available here, in English, translations into other languages will be available later in the year. A handy printed copy is available on request.

Monday, 16 May 2005 15:15:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 13 May 2005

New versions of the two publications that detail the basic guiding principles for the work of ITU-T for the next four years are available.

Yellow Book 1 - available now - contains all the resolutions of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) held in Florianópolis, Brazil (5 - 14 October 2004). Resolutions are essentially the guiding principles by which the study groups operate. In 2004 there were new resolutions on topics including bridging the standardization gap between developing and developed countries, cybersecurity and combating spam.

Book 1 also contains ITU-T A-Series Recommendations. A-Series Recommendations detail the organization of the work of ITU-T. For example working methods for the study groups and focus groups are included, as are the communications processes between ITU-T and industry forums and consortia. Additionally Book 1 details the work topics, or Questions that study groups will work on in the period 2005-2008.

Book 2 provides a record of the discussions that took place during WTSA, with all decisions made shown in the various reports that make up a substantial part of the publication. In addition Book 2 contains a report on the activities of the previous study period including statistics, a list of participants and the list of documents made available.

Yellow books 1 and 2 can be purchased at the ITU bookshop in Geneva and online. Both books will be available in six languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese) as soon as translation is completed.

Friday, 13 May 2005 15:39:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |