JTC1 SAC - Meeting 13 - February 2015

John Sheridan - CIO & CISO

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 Hello All, 

On Thursday the 26th February I chaired the thirteenth meeting of the ISO/IEC’s Joint Technical Committee 1 Strategic Advisory Committee  (JTC 1 SAC).  Below is an update of the work that JTC 1 SAC have been progressing.

JTC 1 SAC Committee constitution changes

Standards Australia (SA) provided an overview on background and context for the establishment of JTC 1 SAC which has been successfully meeting since 2011. SA had recently been in contact with GS1 (Global Standards 1 – a standards body and liaison internationally with JTC 1) and Telstra (A nominating organization and member of SA’s Council.).  SA asked the committee for their views on inviting these organisations to join JTC 1 SAC. The Committee supported the decision to invite the members to JTC 1 SAC.

JTC 1 future funding, support and key priorities, financial year 2014- 2015

SA met with JTC 1 SAC stakeholders regarding future funding and acknowledges that not all organisations have a capacity to contribute to funding for this financial year. SA requested that members seek assistance from SA to support stakeholder participation. Participation requires commitment and there is a need to ensure it is worthwhile for all the JTC 1 SAC. Benefits of committee membership include the hosting of technical forums i.e. SLA workshops and being able to assist Australia in its participation in JTC 1’s streams of work.

JTC1/SC 38 TC1/SC 38 Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms (Cloud Computing - IT-038)

Change in Title and Scope

Dr John Zic, Chair IT-038 advised that the new title is ‘Cloud computing and distributed platforms’ and the scope has expanded to include two new areas;

  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) – work almost completed
  • Service Level Agreement - ongoing
  • Interoperability and Portability – new work
  • Data and their Flow across Devices and Cloud Services – new work.

Service Level Agreement Workshop

Following on from the SLA workshop in June 2014, there was positive feedback to host another follow up workshop with the aim of getting more people involved in an Australian viewpoint at the International level. It was noted that Australian government support was very important.   Dr John Zic advised that opportunities such as this workshop are a way to promote the results of the work by IT-038 to business. The committee agreed that another workshop should be considered.

CD 19086-1 Service level agreement (SLA) framework and Technology - Part 1 Overview and concepts

Dr John Zic advised that the Committee Draft Ballot for CD 19086-1 Service level agreement (SLA) framework and Technology - Part 1 Overview and concepts were passed. The document is now mature and Australia voted for approval with comments, the US and Japan disapproved.  The comment resolution will be on the Agenda at the upcoming SC 38 meeting in Vienna, Austria.

New areas of work in interoperability and portability, data and their flow across devices and cloud services

Dr John Zic advised that there is enthusiasm for new work within SC 38 resulting in the expansion of the scope and new working groups  which many vendors are involved in including Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and Fujitsu. The cloud computing definitions and vocabulary were a joint effort between ISO/IEC and ITU. This body of work is progressing well. SC 27 IT Security Techniques will formally liaise with SC 38 to prevent any overlap of work.

JTC 1/SC 40 – IT Service Management and IT Governance

The SC 40 had their Plenary in Brazil in May 2015. There were 27 participating members and 8 observers. The recently published ISO/IEC 38500 Information Technology – Governance of IT for the organizationis an updated 2008 version to assist with interpretation issues, which was based on the AS/NZS 8015 standard. Also recently published is ISO/IEC TR 20000-9 Information technology - Service management - Part 9: Guidance on the application of ISO/IEC 20000-1 to cloud services.

Two new proposals were put forward by Australia internationally:

  • Technical report on The Structure of Principles-based Standards in the governance of Information Technology; and;
  • Standard on Governance of IT Enabled Projects (based on AS/NZS 8016:2013).

Meetings will be held via webex to maximize the availability of technology including meetings on future work and management of the committee. 

Plenary Meeting - Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2014

The JTC 1 Plenary met in Abu Dhabi, UAE 15-20 November 2014. The USA continues to play a leading role in the JTC 1 work, with Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom the most active countries and China starting to make their presence felt.

Karen Higginbottom, Director of standards at Hewlett Packard, was appointed for a third three-year term as JTC 1 chair.

JTC 1's Special Working Group (SWG) Accessibility has completed its allocated tasks and work will now transfer to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35 - User interfaces. Australia will need to decide on whether to become a participating member.

New areas of work are being considered in 3D scanning and printing, and smart machines.

The Study Group (SG) - Smart Cities was established in 2013 and will be reconstituting and extending the Scope/ToR. China has been approved to continue as Convenor.

A WG 9 on Big Data reporting directly to JTC 1 will be set up contingent upon approval of a new work item proposal. 

A WG 10 on the Internet of Things (IoT) has set up the transfer of project ISO/IEC 30141 (IoT Reference Architecture) from JTC 1 WG 7.  The convenor will be South Korea. JTC 1 SAC members were encouraged to get involved in these areas and SA will be promoting these standardisation opportunities to stakeholders.

The JTC 1 Strategic Plan for 2015 has been updated and is available from: http://ecommittee.standards.org.au/livelink/livelink/overview/1871903

ISO/IEC Directives Part 1 - Consolidated JTC 1 Supplement 2015 — Procedures specific to JTC 1

The Directives, which were released and effective as of 1 January 2015, outline the procedures to be followed in the development of International standards and other publications under JTC 1.  JTC 1’s Supplement is becoming more aligned with ISO and IEC.

Timeframe names now are categorized as follows:

  • Accelerated standards development track – 24 months to publication;
  • Default (from normal) standards development track – 36 months to publication;
  • Enlarged (from extended) standards development track – 48 months 
     to publication;
  • One extension of up to 9 months for the total project duration.

In JTC 1, a new work item proposal (NP) is a proposal for:

  • a new standard
  • a new part of an existing standard, or Technical Specification
  • a new Technical Specification;

A NP ballot is not required for the revision or amendment of an existing standard or Technical Specification, provided that the committee passes a resolution. The default for Committee Draft circulation is 2 months. Directives are available at:  http://ecommittee.standards.org.au/livelink/livelink/overview/1871905

JTC 1 Chair briefing, 9 December 2014

SA advised that this was the second time that SA with the JTC 1 Chair had briefed the JTC 1 National Mirror chairs on the recent JTC 1 Plenary meeting outcomes. The national mirror chairs are the Australian chairs of Australian committees who are involved in international JTC 1 Standards development. The engagement with the Chairs is important and good feedback was received. Committee agreed that invitations should be extended to Chairs to attend JTC 1 SAC meetings.

New JTC 1 Developments

Internet of Things

WG 10 is progressing with the standard ISO/IEC 30141 work, which was being transferred from WG 7 Sensor Network. Details on this standard are not available on the ISO website. The preliminary report presented at the JTC 1 Plenary meeting is available at http://www.iso.org/iso/internet_of_things_report-jtc1.pdf  

Big Data

The preliminary report presented at the JTC 1 Plenary meeting is available at http://www.iso.org/iso/big_data_report-jtc1.pdf

Smart Cities

The SG for Smart Cities has been extended by a year.

Preliminary report presented at the JTC 1 Plenary meeting is available at  http://www.iso.org/iso/smart_cities_report-jtc1.pdf


Narelle Clark from ACCAN requested a discussion with Standards Australia regarding participating membership positions for ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35 User interfaces.

Media and outreach

IT Governance Forum

IT-030 ICT Governance and Management held a forum in Brisbane on 16 October 2014 hosted by Microsoft. There were approximately 40 participants with a good cross section of stakeholders from industry and government. This event encouraged committee members to engage with new QLD stakeholders.

IT-021 Forum – Records and Document Management Systems Forum – July 2014.

The Committee was advised that circa 90 stakeholders attended this forum of which many of the attendees were librarians. The purpose was to highlight the International work that is taking place. IT-021 are a large technical committee and very engaged in the work of ISO/TC 171 Document management applications and related areas.

SA JTC 1 SAC LinkedIn and Twitter

SA are engaging in social media:

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=6511652&trk=my_groups-b-grp-v  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/standardsaus

SA Operational update – Dr Bronwyn Evans

Dr Bronwyn Evans provided an SA operational update. The presentation can be found at http://ecommittee.standards.org.au/livelink/livelink/overview/1878946

Standards Australia Prioritisation Round 10

 SA project prioritisation round 10 closed 18 March 2015.      

Streamlining Direct Text Adoptions

SA are committed to simplifying the standards development processes and have taken steps to streamline identical Direct Text Adoptions (DTA) of international (ISO/IEC) standards. SA will now accept and assess proposals for identical adoptions of international standards at any time throughout the year, even outside of the twice-yearly Project Prioritisation Rounds. This only applies to identical adoptions without modifications to the text. Proposals to adopt international standards with modifications will have to go through the Project Prioritisation process.

Using ISO/IEC Standards to support public policy

ISO have prepared a useful document on how International standards can support public policy particularly in light of the Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda in which was released in mid-October 2014.This document can be sourced from the ISO website at: http://www.iso.org/iso/pub100359.pdf

IEC General Meeting

Varant Meguerditchian provided an IEC update.  The focus of IEC is currently on smart cities and sustainability. SA are well represented in IEC and are currently on the Standardisation Management Board (SMB), IEC Council Board and Conformity Assessment Board. Any enquiries regarding IEC, please direct them to standardsaustralia.org.au.

New ISO Technical Committee Security ISO/TC 292 and new IEC SMG Advisory Committee on Security

IEC SMB has set up a committee to advise on security. The scope of ISO/TC 292 Security and resilience was confirmed at the meeting in Japan. Varant will debrief at the next meeting.


SA provided an update on this potential project. The Treasury, Australian Government and Standards Australia are proposing to develop a project as an Australian initiative for consideration by APEC’s and SME WG (with the support of APEC’s Sub Committee on Standards and Conformance). The project seeks to develop a dialogue and stakeholder engagement platform for National Standards Bodies, Governments, Regulators and Businesses across APEC to consider opportunities associated with cross border data transfer. The initiative will seek to support standards and regulatory harmonisation amongst APEC member economies with the intent of enabling the free flow of data across border.

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As always, your comments and feedback are welcome below.

John Sheridan


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