Information Technology Standards and Standardization: A Global Perspective

Information Technology Standards and Standardization: A Global Perspective

Kai Jakobs (Aachen University, Germany)
Release Date: July, 1999|Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 264
ISBN13: 9781878289704|ISBN10: 1878289705|EISBN13: 9781930708600|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-70-4


In light of the emerging global information infrastructure, information technology standards are becoming increasingly important. At the same time, however, the standards setting process has been criticized as being slow, inefficient and out of touch with market needs. What can be done to resolve this situation?

To provide a basis for an answer to this question, Information Technology Standards and Standardization: A Global Perspective paints as full a picture as possible of the varied and diverse aspects surrounding standards and standardization. This book will serve as a foundation for research, discussion and practice as it addresses trends, problems and solutions for and by numerous disciplines, such as economics, social sciences, management studies, politics, computer science and, particularly, users.

Reviews and Testimonials

Information Technology Standards and Standardization: A Global Perspective "We are just beginning to appreciate the true socio-technical challenges facing the establishment of our information infrastructure. At the heart of this lies the issue of standardization. This collection provides a rare and valuable contribution in advancing our understanding.""Standardization has traditionally been viewed as technical. In response, this collection brings together a wide range of social, political and technical issues around standardization. It is relevant to scholars, policy makers, and vendors."

– Eric MonteiroProfessor in the Department of Computer and Information SciencesUniversity of Science and Technology, Norway

The book provides an excellent overview of the many facets of standards and standardization in information technology."In an area where standardization goes hand in hand with research and development, this book is a road map for those who really want to understand what is happening behind the scenes.""In his first attempt in editing a book, Dr. Jakobs succeeded in bringing together excellent contributions by distinguished authors."

– Peter MartiniUniversity of Bonn

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Kai Jakobs joined Aachen University's (RWTH) Computer Science Department as a member of the technical staff in 1985. Over the years, his research interests moved away from the technical nuts and bolts of communication systems to socio-economic aspects with a focus on IT standardization. He is the co-author of a text book on data communications and more recently, five books on standards and standardization in IT. He has been on the program committees of numerous international conferences, and has also served as an external expert on evaluation panels of various European R&D programs, on both technical and socio-econimic issues. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Edinburgh.