International Standards Organisation
The International Standards Organisation http://www.iso.ch/) is a network of national standards institutes form 140 countries and works in partnership with international organisations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives.
The ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 (http://jtc1sc36.org/) develops international standards in the field of Learning, Education, and Training, with an aim to enable interoperability and reusability of resources and tools. The IEC (http://www.iec.ch/), also known as the International Electrotechnical Commission, is the international standards and conformity assessment body for electrotechnology and is working with the ISO on this sub committee. JTC1 stands for "Joint Technical Committee 1" (http://www.jtc1.org/) which has a scope of standardisation in the field of information technology as a whole. SC36 just means "sub committee 36".
The focus of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 is on existing standards and technical reports. The sub committee consists of Working groups, Rapporteur groups and Ad Hoc committees which focus on different topics within the field of Learning, Education, and Training. ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 liaises with other JTC1 sub committees, and with DCMI, IEEE LTSC and CEN/ISSS/LTWS.
ISO standards will emerge from the work of these specification bodies, which are used and tested, then submitted to the standards bodies. There is a continuous feedback mechanism between research and development, specifications bodies, testbeds, and standards bodies to produce standards.
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