About this Site

Site overview

This site was launched with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the industry-academic Global Advanced Technology Innovation Consortium (GATIC). It is designed to increase recognition of the growing strategic and competitive importance and complexity of standards and participation in standards development and the need to deepen coverage in business and engineering curricula. With input from advisors, collaborators and others, we have selected the following as initial contextual target topic areas: innovation/ entrepreneurship; extended supply chains; the emergence of interconnected predictive and self-correcting smart systems; and sustainability as well as cross-cutting standards development, strategy and adoption (processes, trends and implications.) Engineering Design is viewed as a sub-theme in each area. Although the inherent complexity, interconnections and dynamics in these areas require both current and evolving standards and such standards significantly impact competitiveness, related standards management is poorly addressed.

For each topic area, the site includes initial discussion questions and links to a growing illustrative set of topic-tagged published papers. Sample teaching materials are also posted. The site will include announcements of events.

Linked papers

We have identified and provide links to published papers on standards issues that are specific to, and add value to each of our topic areas (with tags highlighting relevance to other areas). These are only examples of what is available and are intended to stimulate recognition of resources, access and discussion in support of teaching and research. Selection criteria included easy availability with no-cost or registration required. We encourage review and comments in the discussion forum.   Additional papers will be continually identified by collaborating organizations, advisors and, hopefully input from site users. It is also hoped reading materials such as these will stimulate recognition that research and writing focused on other strategic issues could usefully add a standards dimension.