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 Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The 2013 World Standards Day poster competition will award a cash prize of 1,500 Swiss francs to the creator of the poster that best illustrates the theme: "International standards ensure positive change".

The winning poster will provide the visual identity to World Standards Day, 14 October 2013, an international day of observance recognized worldwide since 1970. In addition to the first prize of 1,500 Swiss francs, the poster competition’s three runners-up will each receive a cash prize of 500 Swiss francs.

Coordinated by IEC, ISO and ITU, World Standards Day celebrates the collaborative efforts of the thousands of public and private-sector experts that volunteer their time and expertise in the development of international technical standards.

International standards represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors ranging from energy utilities and energy efficiency to transportation, management systems, climate change, healthcare, safety, and information and communication technology (ICT). Contributing their knowledge in service of the public interest, experts in these and many other subjects come together to create standards that share innovation with all the world’s countries and so provide business, government and society with a solid platform for positive change.

The deadline for submissions to the poster competition is 10 June 2013. Designers are welcome to submit more than one entry to the competition.

The competition’s Facebook page will provide interactive guidance to potential entrants throughout the course the competition. The winning poster will be decided by a public vote wherein all interested parties will vote for their favourite poster.

The competition’s Twitter account will announce key dates and point followers to relevant supporting information.

See the themes and winning posters of previous World Standards Days here and more on this year's competition here.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:30:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The 2013 World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Academic Day  will be held in Sophia Antipolis, France, 14 June 2013. This year's theme is: Education in standardization for future managers – Needs and prospects.

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of IEC, ISO and ITU.

WSC Academic Day promotes dialogue between universities and the international standards community, raising awareness and fostering cooperation and joint initiatives. The event will trigger the launch of new initiatives including exchanges of material, new courses on standardization, contributions of industry experts to university courses, and new or strengthened partnerships between standards bodies and academia.

At the same venue and during the two days before the WSC event, the 8th conference of the International Cooperation on Education about Standardization (ICES) will take place. 12 April is the deadline for the submission of academic papers to be considered at the event.

The Call for Presentations welcomes theoretical or empirical papers as well as case studies on education about standardization, in particular those that address the theme of 2013’s conference: Industry needs standards. What does industry expect from standards education?

The 8th ICES conference is hosted by the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI) and supported by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

Industry needs for standardization education is the core theme of 2013’s conference, addressing what more standards bodies and academia can do to aid industry’s engagement in the standardization process and thereby strengthen standards’ marketplace implementations.

For more information, visit the ICES and WSC Academic Day homepage here

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:25:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 08, 2013

A Mac version of the Sync Application is now available.  The Sync app is configured to be used for the ITU-T SG17 meeting (17-26 April 2013) and can be downloaded from here:  http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/studygroups/2013-2016/17/Pages/syncdocs.aspx.
 
We invite you to try the new Sync Application for Mac (Beta Version) and provide your feedback to tsbewm@itu.int.

Monday, April 08, 2013 1:42:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 05, 2013

“It is with the deepest regret that I announce the death of my colleague and close friend, Dr. Cynthia Waddell, a lifelong advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and a world-renowned expert in disability rights law, public policy and electronic and information technology.

The improving accessibility of technologies, the built environment and the job market owes an incredible amount to Cynthia’s achievements over a lifetime dedicated to enhancing social inclusion for the roughly 650 million people across the world living with some form of disability.

Cynthia was held in the highest esteem by all those fortunate enough to have worked with her. She will be sorely missed by her colleagues, friends and the millions of people around the globe to have benefited from her tireless advocacy and activism.”*

*This is an extract from a blog piece in tribute to Cynthia Waddell. Entitled “Accessibility Loses a Great Champion”, the article is authored by Andrea Saks, Convener of ITU’s Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF) and Coordinator of the Internet Governance Forum’s Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD).

Read the full blog piece here

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Friday, April 05, 2013 4:00:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Geneva, 3 April 2013 – Representatives of Central American governments, private companies, universities and non-governmental organizations have agreed on a 20-point Agenda aiming to promote advances in the handling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or ”e-waste”) in the region. Key will be the application and identification of business models that leverage recycling opportunities and create new employment.

The new Agenda was agreed by the 86 participants in the ITU/UNEP Workshop for Capacity Building on Environmentally Responsible Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), organized in San Salvador, March 19-21 with the support of ITU Sector Member Telefónica.

The Agenda emphasizes increased collaboration between all parties, as well as the development of online learning programmes and workshops aimed at policy-makers. It calls on ITU and UNEP/PACE to assist Central America and the Caribbean in the development of regulations, legislation and international standards to mitigate e-waste’s potentially damaging effects on the environment and the health of local populations.

Full press release

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013 1:52:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 02, 2013

ITU-T member EXFO took the opportunity at the recent meeting of Study Group 12 to demonstrate a new product based on Recommendation ITU-T Y.1564.

ITU-T Y.1564 defines a test methodology to assess and troubleshoot the proper configuration and performance of an Ethernet network to deliver Ethernet-based services. The standard has already gained momentum in the test and measurement industry.

With multiclass Ethernet services being deployed globally, products built according to the standard can aid the deployment of Ethernet services and assist the validation of service-level agreements.

Bruno Giguère, of EXFO was on hand to demonstrate a product from the company’s range of Ethernet field-testing instruments (FTB-200 chassis with an FTB-8130NGE test module). Giguère was the editor of the Recommendation and played a key role in its development. He says that his company’s particpation in the standards process is an important way of showing leadership and demonstrating that it is not waiting for standards but playing an active role in actually producing them.

“Fully adapted to today’s mobile backhaul, commercial and wholesale services, the new ITU-T Y.1564 standard is truly beneficial for our customers to optimize the quality of service and reduce operational costs”, said Étienne Gagnon, EXFO’s Vice-President, Wireline Division and Corporate Marketing.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013 8:58:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |