BSI IST36 Standards News Items
9 January 2012 - BSi now to run administration dutues for IST36
The responsibility for the administration of the ballots for IST36 standards has been passed from AGI to BSi. AGI remains responsible for running the IST36 meetings - producing an agenda and writing the mintes. AGI will also do all in its power to publicise the work of the IST36 Committee and to maintain the AGI website pages which relate to the output of the IST36 Committee. AGI will do its best to maintain the profile of the IST36 Committee and remains a firm supporter of the improtance of standards relating to geographic information at national and international level.
4 JULY 2011 - Five year review of BS7666 standards :
In line with the British Standards process, BS7666:2006 was due for a five year review in April this year to ensure that it is up to date with current requirements. The British Standards Institute's IST/36 Committee (which is responsible for the British Standards relating to Geographic Information) has agreed that: "BS7666:2006 should be confirmed without change at this time but will be considered for review in the future, subject to a business case being made."
The key reason for this was to wait until activity around the creation of the National Address Gazetteer is complete as this will be a major implementation of the current version of the standard.
It is understood that GeoPlace, Ordnance Survey and the NLPG community plan to engage later in 2011 in order to assess whether a review is required.
A case study on BS7666:2006 and its impact and use within local government in England and Wales can be seen at http://www.iahub.net/docs/1280411500062.pdf
Further information on standards activities, and the work of the BSi IST/36 committee can be found on the AGI website at http://www.agi.org.uk/standards."
4 APRIL 2011 - ITS Directive
The work surrounding the ITS Directive [2010/EU/40] continues at pace. With specific reference to matters geographic the EC have let a study contract on Digital Maps -- "the availability of accurate public data for digital maps and their timely updating through cooperation between relevant public bodies and digital map providers". It is clear that this study is veering towards a solution based on ISO191xx standards and INSPIRE, although direct use of the INSPIRE SDIs is not clear. Challenges for standardisation will include the specifications for data, the quality framework and deployment infrastructure for time critical safety related data, including real time updates to in-vehicle devices. This clearly demands cooperation between ISO TC 211 and 204.