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INCITS Launches Technical Committee on IT for Learning, Education and Training

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Karinch Communications

INCITS Launches Technical Committee on IT for Learning, Education and Training
All Organizations Participating in November 25 Meeting Gain Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. October 28, 2002 - The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) has formed Technical Committee V36 to support national and international standards efforts for learning, education and training.  Projects will fall into four specific areas, namely, vocabulary, collaborative technology, learner information, and management and delivery.

“Our objective is to develop standards in the field of information technologies for educational programs of all kinds,” said Bruce E. Peoples, Director, Strategic Technologies at Raytheon Technical Services Company and convener of V36.  “In a practical way, we want to support individuals, groups, or organizations in the field, and to enable interoperability and reusability of resources and tools within the Learning Education and Training (LET) domains, and between the LET domains and other domains such as operational and support domains.”

As part of the committee’s standards development work, V36 will also include normative or informative references to other standards, such as those on multimedia, web content, cultural adaptation, and security.

“It’s important to say what we will not do, too,” Peoples added.  “INCITS V36 will not create standards or technical reports that define non-technical educational standards, cultural conventions, learning objectives, or specific learning content.  We also don’t want to duplicate other good work that is being done to support the IT needs of educators and students.”

The inaugural meeting of V36 will be a teleconference on November 25 beginning at 3 PM EST.  Contact Peoples at for the dial in number and passcode.

“All organizations that attend the first meeting gain voting rights immediately and participants at that meeting are also eligible to serve as Chairman,” noted Kate McMillan, director of the Secretariat for INCITS.  “We welcome all interested and materially affected parties to attend the meeting and become contributing members of V36.”

Technical Committee V36 is the U.S. TAG to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 36.

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) is the venue of choice for information technology developers, producers and users for the creation and maintenance of formal IT standards. INCITS is accredited by, and operates under rules approved by, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These rules are designed to ensure that voluntary standards are developed by the consensus of directly and materially affected interests. Contact: INCITS Secretariat, Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), 1250 Eye St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005   ( .