ITU members are being
asked to complete a questionnaire to assess the global impact
of ICT standards. The call comes as part of a project (NO-REST) funded by the European
NO-REST aims to provide
insight that will enable better standards building in the future. Additionally,
it will look at standards setting organizations, such as ITU, to assess whether
the developer of a particular standard influences its performance and success.
The results will enable NO-REST to develop guidelines, which may assist in
choosing the ideal standards setting organization for producing a particular
The results of this survey
will be made available at the ITU-hosted SIIT 2005 conference in Geneva, September 21-23.
Dr. Knut Blind,
the co-ordinator of NO-REST, was also responsible for the study - Economic
Benefits of Standardization, published by DIN, the German institute of
standardization. The project was one of the first attempts to put a monetary
value on standardization. It found that Europe's
economy and businesses greatly benefit from the application of standards. Blind
together with other researchers has recently produced a similar paper for the United Kingdom.
The Empirical Economics of Standards
was funded and published by the British Department of Trade and Industry.