Important International Standards that Protect the Separation of Data from Software Applications to be Reviewed in Hershey, PA October 22-27, 2006

The Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA) is hosting the 50th meeting of ISO TC184/SC4 in Hershey, Pennsylvania from October 22nd through October 27th 2006 at the Hotel Hershey. There is a full agenda covering the application of ISO 10303 (STEP) in building and construction, oil, gas, process and power, as well as in manufacturing, shipbuilding, engineering analysis and furniture. The meeting will also include the new work on ISO 8000.

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Bethlehem, PA (PRWEB) September 14, 2006

ISO Experts and delegates from over fifteen countries will be converging on Hershey, Pennsylvania on October 22nd to agree on changes to the ISO industrial automation standards that include Standards for the neutral exchange of Product Data and ISO 8000 the new standard for data quality. Engineers, buyers, supply chain managers and their data integration experts are invited to meet the standards developers on Wednesday October 24th and Thursday October 25th, 2006 at the Hotel Hershey.

Ever wondered where standards come from? The International Committee responsible for the development of international standards that protect industrial data is scheduled to meet in the Pennsylvania heartland at the Hotel Hershey from October 23rd through October 27th. The committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of key international standards that lie hidden at the heart of industrial design and manufacturing systems. Known as STEP, the Standards for the Exchange of Product Data, these standards protect industrial data by providing a neutral standard for the exchange of data between competing software applications.

With an ever increasing amount of information created and stored only in electronic form, many businesses do not fully understand the risks they are taking with one of their most valuable assets, their data. As we upgrade our computer systems and the software applications we use, we are often faced with transferring our data to new media and upgrading our data in order to be able to read it in the new applications. With simple documents and spreadsheets this is not very challenging yet we have all experienced lost formatting and the need to manually “fix” errors in the new document. In design and manufacturing systems this is exponentially more difficult and the introduction of errors of exponentially greater consequence. With computer assisted design and manufacturing systems at the very heart of a company’s fundamental internal infrastructure and a determining factor in its ability to communicate and work with others, it is not hard to see why theses standards are so critical.

Beyound ISO 10303 the Standard for the Exchange of Product Data the commitee has also started work on ISO 8000, a new standard for data quality.

The committee meets every four months and is not scheduled to meet again in the USA until late 2007. The Implementers forum and ECCMA workshops are open to the public subject to a daily registration fee of $225.

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