Certification of software engineering professionals – Standard increases international acceptance
With the increasing globalisation of the software industry, a software engineering professional is likely to work in different countries over the course of a career. A new international Standard will help meet the needs of multi-national organisations, or suppliers, when developing software for a foreign customer who requires software engineering professional certification.
Software engineering – Certification of software engineering professionals – Comparison framework , ISO/IEC 24773:2008, helps increase the international acceptance of professional certifications.
Guidance on the uncertainty of measurement – new guide
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have published the first of a planned series of guidance documents on the uncertainty of measurement. Uncertainty of measurement – Part 3: Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM:1995), ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008, is a reissue of the 1995 version, with minor corrections.
Measurement is involved in making commercial, health, environmental, and scientific decisions. ‘Measurement uncertainty’ enables users to obtain the probability of making an incorrect decision based on measurement, and to manage the consequential risks.
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In e-business, Standards are indispensable tools
In the context of e-business, Standards are indispensable tools to capture, process, and exchange data, ensure interoperability, support security of data handling and financial transactions, promote good practices, and facilitate customer-supplier relations. Considering the global reach of the internet, international Standards are particularly relevant.
A recent international conference highlighted the key role of ‘International Standards in enabling e-business’. Organised by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), among others, the conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland.
The public-private partnerships that advance Standards and technical specifications associated with e-business are motivated by many goals, such as:
- national competitiveness
- effectiveness in regulatory controls
- reducing trade barriers
- fostering market entry by small and medium-sized enterprises
- facilitating growth in developing and transition economies.
Sensory analysis – new ISO Standard promotes global consistency
A new International Organization for Standardization Standard (ISO), Sensory analysis – Vocabulary, ISO 5492:2008, will ensure that sensory tests and results are communicated in a consistent manner. When trying to describe the taste, smell or feel of a product, many terms and sensations will come to mind. This Standard lists sensory analysis terms and definitions, to promote global consistency in a field that often relies on the subjective experience of assessors.
Sensory analysis applies sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing to test and compare consumer products. Food, cosmetic, fragrance, textile, and other industries use it to evaluate new and established products, ensure that product quality is maintained, assess shelf life, and investigate new products or revise and improve existing ones.