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Most consortia promote standards as well as set them, while others are formed purely to promote a standard(s) or to educate users or technical staff about a standard(s). Still others seek to coordinate the efforts of consortia and SDOs, or to promote new business models (e.g., web services). Click on an organization's name to view a description of that organization and to access links that will take you to its homepage and any standards that it promotes.


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10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance
Promotes the introduction of the 10 Gigabit Ethernet into the networking market

100VG-Anylan Forum
Promoted the 100VG-AnyLan, IEEE 802.12 standard

1355 Association
Promoted the IEEE 1355-1996 standard (ISO/IEC 14575)

1394 High Performance Serial Bus Trade Association
Promotes adoption of the IEEE 1394 Serial Bus standard

3D Industry Forum (3DIF)
Promoted 3D technology and standards

3G Americas
Sought to integrate the five major wireless technologies and support their 3G migration *Now 4G Americas (North America/South America)

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)
Develops standards for advanced distributed learning

Advanced Switching Interconnect SIG (ASI SIG)
Developed and promoted a switched fabric interconnect standard *Disbanded in 2007

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Promotes major aerospace and defense manufacturers

AIGA
Promotes advance designing as a professional craft

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
Develops and promotes telecom standards, operating procedures, and guidelines

American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA)
Promotes the field of nursing informatics

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)
Promotes anti-phishing activities and compiles industry data

Application Home Initiative, The (TAHI)
Develops solutions for issues surrounding connected homes

Application Service Provider Industry Consortium, Inc. (ASPIC)
Promoted and supported the application service provider industry *Merged into CompTIA

ARCNET Trade Association (ATA)
Promotes the use of ARCNET technology

ARMA International
Develops and promotes education and training for records and information management professionals

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Forum for facilitating regional economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment (Asia-Pacific)

ASIS International (ASIS)
Promotes the security management profession

Association Connecting Electronic Industries (IPC)
Promotes the electronic interconnect industry

Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM)
Promotes the growth and use of AIDC technologies and services

Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD)
Develops standards for the insurance industry

Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
Develops enterprise content standards

Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES)
Supports providers of printing, publishing and converting technologies

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, The (AAMI)
Promotes the understanding and beneficial use of medical instrumentation

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
Trade Association representing home appliance manufacturers

Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB)
Develops and promotes standardization of new radio systems (JPN)

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Forum
Promoted the Asynchronous Transfer Mode and other broadband technologies *Now Broadband Forum

ATM Local Telephony Alliance (ALTA)
Developed and promoted hardware and software solutions for local networks by using asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology

Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF)
Developed and promoted technical and operating arrangements in the Australian communications industry (Australia)

Automated Imaging Association (AIA)
Develops and promotes vision and imaging technologies

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
Promotes the automotive industry

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Bluetooth SIG
Promotes the implementation of Bluetooth wireless technology

British Interactive Multimedia Association (BIMA)
Promotes and represents the UK interactive and digital media industry (United Kingdom)

Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network
Promotes business performance management (BPM) solutions

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Cable Europe
Promotes digital TV, broadband internet and telephony collaborative services (Europe)

Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA)
Promotes solutions to issues concerning the Camera and Imaging Products industry

Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX)
Promoted Chem eStandards and advocated for the chemical industry *Merged with Open Application Group, Inc (OAGi) and American Council's Chemical Information Technology Center (Chem ITC)

Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)
Develops electronic standards for medical and biopharmaceutical development

Coalition for Healthcare eStandards Inc. (CHeS)
Promoted standards for health care supply chain transactions over the Internet

Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems Association (CENSA)
Promoted electronic recordkeeping systems standards

Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP)
Promotes energy efficiency standards and labeling worldwide

CommerceNet
Develops and promotes new eCommerce technologies and business practices

Compliance Consortium Corporation
Assists organizations and governmental agencies with their federally mandated anti-drug and alcohol misuse programs

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
Promotes competitive and fair open markets, open systems, and open networks

Computer Graphics Metafile Open Consortium (CGM Open)
Develops and promotes interoperable standards for the exchange of graphical information

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
Develops and promotes standards in computing and communications industries

Consortium of Digital Forensic Specialists (CDFS)
Develops and promotes technical standards for digital forensics

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
Promotes the consumer electronics industry (U.S.)

Content Alliance
Fostered and promoted interoperability of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)

Content Reference Forum (CRF)
Promoted digital content distribution specifications

ControlNet International
Develops ControlNet technology and supports vendors and users of ControlNet products

Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS)
Develops and promotes standards among informatics professionals (Europe)

Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA)
Developed and promoted enhanced cyber security *Merged into Tech America

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DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)
Developed, maintained, and promoted the use of the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)

Digital Audio Visual Counsel (DAVIC)
Promoted audio-visual interoperable standards

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI)
Develops digital cinema specifications

Digital Interoperability Forum (DIF)
Promotes interactive digital television and multimedia services

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)
Promotes the digitizing of AM bands below 30 MHz

DSL Forum (DSLF)
Promoted the development of broadband DSL *Now the Broadband Forum

DVD Forum
Promotes and develops the DVD Format, its technical capabilities, improvements, and innovations

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e-CENTRE (now GS1 UK)
Promoted business data standards to facilitate e-commerce (United Kingdom)

EDI Forum for Companies with Interest in Computing and Electronics (EDIFICE)
Promotes standards and practices in e-business

EHR / HIE Interoperability Workgroup
Develops and promotes the adoption of EHR and HIE services

Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan (ECOM)
Developed and maintained standards for electronic commerce for use in B2B and B2C arenas (Japan)

Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Consortium
Promotes the Electronics Design Automation (EDA) Industry

Electronic Industries Alliances (EIA)
Promoted market development and competitiveness in the U.S. high-tech industry (U.S.)

Electronic Messaging Association (EMA)
Developed and promoted standards for secure electronic messaging

Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC)
Developed, advanced, and promoted Linux standards *Merged into the Linux Foundation

Energy Conservation and Home Network (ECHONET) Consortium
Develops ecologically friendly software and hardware for home communication

Enterprise Computer Telephony Forum (ECTF)
Promoted interoperability in the computer telephony (CT) industry

Enterprise Grid Alliance
Developed enterprise grid solutions

Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA)
Promoted the North American entertainment technology industry (North America)

Ethernet Alliance
Promotes the advancement of technology and products based on both existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards

Ethernet User Alliance
Promoted the Ethernet Standard

European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS)
Develops standards for European space activities

European Data Centre Association (EUDCA)
Develops and promotes data center industry improvements (Europe)

European Forum for Energy Business Information Exchange (ebIX)
Develops standards for the energy industry (Europe)

European Information and Communication Technology Industry Association (EICTA)
Promoted the European information and communication technology industry

European Photonic Industry Consortium (EPIC)
Promotes the photonic industry (Europe)

European Smart Card Industry Association (EUROSMART)
Promotes smart cards and smart card systems and standards

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Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC)
Promoted open-standard technologies in the financial services industry *Merged with Financial Services Roundtable in 2009

Free Software Foundation (FSF)
Develops and promotes the free software movement

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German Institute for Standardization (DIN, Deutsches Institut for Normung)
Official German standards organization (Germany)

Global Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Industry Forum (GIIF)
Promoted the growth of the ISDN industry *Ceased operations in 2005

Global Mobile Commerce Forum (GMCF)
Promoted the development of mobile commerce services

Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)
Develops and promotes the growth and profitability of the semiconductor industry

GNU Project
Promotes the free GNU licensing model and hosts the Free Software Foundation

Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA)
Promoted the interests of the U. S. electronics, communications and information technology industries *Merged with the AeA, CSIA, and ITAA to form TechAmerica

GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative
Promotes improving business processes and supply chain visibility

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High Tech Broadband Coalition, The (HTBC)
Promoted the development of broadband technology

Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG)
Develops and promotes partnership among hoteliers and technology providers

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IDB Forum
Promoted integration of IDB networking

IEEE Computer Society (IEEECS)
Provides technical information and services to computing professionals

IFRS Foundation
Develops and promotes national accounting standards

IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. (IMS)
Develops and promotes the adoption of open technical specifications for interoperable learning technology

Industry Advisory Council (IAC)
Promotes information resources management products and services to the government

InfiniBand Trade Association (ITA)
Promotes the InfiniBand architecture

Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC)
Represents U.S. providers of information technology products and services

Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE)
Develops, maintains, and promotes technology standards in multiple industries, including aerospace systems, computers, telecommunications, biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics

Integration Consortium
Promoted and established guidelines for integration business practices

Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)
Promotes interactive media to increase market share

InterForum
Assisted British businesses in e-commerce (United Kingdom)

International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
Develops and promotes financial industry reporting standards

International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance)
Develops standards and promotes best practices for publishing and content-related processes

International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA)
Promotes and supports the hard disk drive industry

International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA)
Develops and promotes the use of holograms and holographic technology

International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
Promotes the archiving of knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere

International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC)
Develops and maintains standards in the news industry

Internet Industry Association (IIA)
Promotes the Internet industry (Australia)

Internet Society, The (ISOC)
Promotes and supports Internet infrastructure and Internet-related activities

Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium (I3C)
Developed and promoted informatics solutions for life science products *Dissolved 2012

IT Service Management Forum (itSMF)
Develops and promotes IT service management "best practices", standards and qualifications

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J Consortium, Inc.
Develops and promotes an open forum for setting Real Time Java standards

Japanese Standards Association (JSA)
Promotes Japanese standards through education and certification programs (Japan)

Java Card Forum (JCF)
Promotes Java as the programming language for multiple-application smart cards

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association
Develops standards for the microelectronics industry

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Learning Content Management System (LCMS) Council
Promoted market awareness of learning content management system infrastructures

LonMark International
Develops and promotes integration of open, multi-vendor control systems utilizing ANSI/EIA/CEA 709.1 and related standards

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MassTCL
Promotes the software and Internet industry in Massachusetts

Medical Alert Monitoring Association (MAMA)
Promotes the needs of the medical alert monitoring and personal emergency response services industry

Mobey Forum
Promotes the use of mobile technology in financial services

Mobile Data Association (MDA)
Promotes all mobile data centric businesses, vendors and users

Mobile Enterprise Alliance (MEA)
Promoted mobile enterprise *Dissolved in 2007

Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance
Promotes open specifications for interfaces to mobile application processors

Mobile Marketing Research Association (MMRA)
Promotes and develops professional standards and ethics for conducting marketing research on mobile devices

Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organizations (MISMO)
Develops, promotes and maintains electronic commerce standards for the mortgage industry

MPLS and Frame Relay Alliance
Promoted the deployment of multi-vendor, multi-service label switching networks and associated applications

Multiband OFDM Alliance (MBOA)
Developed specifications based on ultrawideband-based technology

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National Association of Finite Element Methods and Standards (NAFEMS)
Promotes the use of finite element technology

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Promotes and develops standards for the electrical industry

Near Field Communication Forum (NFC Forum)
Develops and promotes near field wireless communication technology

Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)
Promotes the adoption of existing and emerging cross-domain interoperability standards

Network Processing Forum (NPF)
Developed network processing standards for next-generation networking and telecommunications products

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Open AXIS Group
Promotes XML as the optimal electronic messaging structure for airline system connectivity worldwide

Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP)
Promotes and supports the Open Core Protocol (OCP)

Open Deal Format (ODF) Working Group
An open standard to streamline the exchange of group buying offer information

Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA)
Develops and supports network technologies built on the Common Industrial Protocol

Open eBook Forum (OeBF)
Established specifications and standards for electronic publishing *Became the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), http://www.idpf.org/

Open Grid Forum (OGF)
Promotes global standardization of grid computing

Open Mobile Terminal Platform Group (OMTP)
Promoted advanced mobile platforms *OMTP became the "Wholesale Applications Community" in 2010, and its activities were transitioned to GSM Association in 2012.

Open Security Exchange (OSE)
Promotes enterprise security management

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
Promotes and supports the collaborative development of open source geospatial software, and promotes its widespread use

Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI)
Supported an advanced SystemC as an open source standard for system-level design *Now Accellera Systems Initiative

OpenForum Europe
Promotes open source solutions within the European business community

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Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC)
Promotes standardization and standards preparation and conformance for Pacific Rim countries (Pacific Rim)

Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT)
Promotes the development of technical standardization in its member countries (Americas)

Parlay Group
Developed and promoted application programming interfaces

Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interests Group (PCI-SIG)
Maintains and promotes PCI bus specifications

Personalization Consortium, Inc. (PCI)
Promoted best practices relating to the use of Personal Information on the Internet

Petroleum Industry Data Exchange (PIDX) International
Promotes standards related to the oil and gas industry

Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement
Promotes evidence-based performance measures in the healthcare industry

Picture Services Network (PSN)
Developed the PSN Directory of digital imaging service providers

PLCopen
Develops, promotes and maintains programming standards for industrial controller and automation applications

Portable Computer and Communications Association (PCCA)
Promotes the mobile computing industry

Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG)
Promotes P25 standards and related technologies

PXI Systems Alliance
Develops, promotes, and maintains the PXI Specification for the measurement and automation of PC technology

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Radicchio
Promoted a common foundation for secure m-commerce *Joined the Liberty Alliance in 2003 http://www.projectliberty.org/

RapidIO Trade Association
Develops and promotes the RapidIO Interconnect Architecture for high-performance packet-switched, interconnect technology

Regional Alliance for Infrastructure and Network Security (RAINS)
Contributed to national security mobilization (U.S.)

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SAE International
Develops and promotes standards for engineering professionals in various industries

Security Industry Association (SIA)
Develops and maintains standards for the security industry

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)
Promotes the global semiconductor equipment, materials, and flat panel display industries

Semiconductor Test Consortium
Promoted interoperability test methods for complex logic devices

Service Availability Forum (SAForum)
Develops and promotes availability and management software interface specifications

Smart Active Labels Consortium (SAL-C)
Developed and promoted smart active label technologies for multiple industries

Smart Card Alliance
Promotes the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
Promotes the development of motion picture standards

SOI Industry Consortium
Promotes silicon-on insulator (SOI) technology innovation into broad markets

SPIRIT Consortium
Developed and promoted standards in the semiconductor industry

Standard Panels Working Group (SPWG)
Develops TFT LCD mechanical and electrical standards

Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
Promotes and oversees standardization in Canada (Canada)

Standards Engineering Society (SES)
Promotes the use of standards and standardization

Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
Promotes the storage network industry

Storage Performance Council (SPC)
Promotes and develops specifications to standardize storage subsystem benchmarks

Sustainable Computing Consortium
Sought to improve software quality and security

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T-Engine Forum
Develops, researches and promotes the T-Engine architecture

TechAmerica
Promotes and advocates for the information and communications technology (ICT)industry

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Promotes the communications and information technology industries

Telework Consortium
Evaluated telecommunication technologies

Trusted Computing Group (TCG)
Promotes, develops and defines open standards for hardware-enabled trusted computing and security technologies

Trusted Electronics Communications Forum (TECF)
Developed and promoted standards for technology, best practices, and prosecution against phishers *Inactive since 2004

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Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Forum
Promoted acceptance of the Common Signaling Mode (CSM) and Direct Sequence Ultra-Wideband (DS-UWB) in the marketplace

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT)
Promotes and facilitates international transactions through the simplification and harmonization of procedures and information flows

Universal Plug and Play Forum (UpnP)
Promotes easily implemented home and business networks

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
Promotes the use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems

USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF)
Promotes the Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology

UV LED Curing Association
Promotes improvements in UV LED curing applications and develops related guidelines to accelerate adoption

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VFEA International Trade Association (VITA)
Develops and promotes real-time, modular embedded computing systems

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Web Application Security Consortium (WASC)
Developed and promoted security standards for the World Wide Web

Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) Forum
Developed standards for wireless information and telephone services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals *Consolidated into Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)

Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC)
Develops and promotes workflow management standards

Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)
Promotes the adoption of e-Commerce in the healthcare industry (U.S.)

World DAB Forum
Promotes DAB Digital Radio

Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) Forum
Promotes interoperability standards for broadband wireless access

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XBRL- (EXtensible Business Reporting Language) International
Develops an XML-based framework for the reporting of business information

XML Industry Portal (XML.org)
Promotes information about the application of XML in industrial and commercial settings

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