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Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12)
Develops standards for inter-industry electronic interchange of business transactions and electronic data interchange

Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP)
Developed and promoted a facility for connecting messaging-dependent applications *Merged with OASIS International Open Standards Consortium in 2011

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Blockchain Token Association
Promotes the development of global interoperability of security tokens

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CA/Browser Forum
A voluntary group of certification authorities (CAs), vendors of Internet browser software, and suppliers of other applications that use X.509 v.3 digital certificates for SSL/TLS and code signing

CAN in Automation (CiA)
Develops and promotes the CAN protocol

Develops and promotes a standards-based machine readable model to facilitate vocabulary interoperability in the health science industry

CBRS Alliance
Develops, markets and promotes LTE-based solutions utilizing the shared spectrum of the U.S. 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Provides data transfer from information systems to production floors

CHAdeMO Association
Develops a DC charging protocol to promote electric mobility for electric vehicles

Cloud Application Management for Platforms (CAMP)
Develops management of applications in public and private clouds

Cloud Foundry
Promotes awareness and adoption of the Cloud Foundry open source project

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
Develops methods of streamlining data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors

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

Content Reference Forum (CRF)
Promoted digital content distribution specifications *Inactive

Council on Integrity in Results Reporting
Develops and maintains standards for measuring and reporting of graduation and job placement information by educational institutions

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DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML)
Developed, maintained, and promoted the use of the DARPA Agent Markup Language (DAML) *Dissolved in 2006

Data Center Markup Language Organization (DCML)
Promotes and maintains the DCML specification

Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)
Develops and promotes the DDI specification and associated tools, education, and outreach programs

Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF)
Develops open source specifications, protocols, formats and implementations for cross-chain rooting, indexing and resolution of decentralized identifiers, names and identity attestations.

DFI (DDR PHY Interface)
Promotes an interface protocol between memory controller logic and PHY interfaces

Digital Display Working Group (DDWG)
Developed industry specifications based on the interface between digital displays and high performance PCs *Inactive since 2001

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)
Promotes digital medical imaging

Distributed Systems Interface (DSI) Consortium
Promotes and develops the Distributed Systems Interface (DSI) in automotive airbag systems

DLMS User Association
Develops and maintains an identification system for electricity meter data exchange

Develops open source drone projects in order to create a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

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Promotes a cross-industry product data standard for classification and clear description of products and services

Ed-Fi Alliance
Develops XML-based data tools to integrate raw education data into Web-based applications

EEBus Initiative
Develops a connecting language to facilitate IoT interoperability for existing technologies, industries and markets

Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)
Promotes and develops standards for an open XML-based infrastructure for business purposes

Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC)
Promoted exchange protocols and web services for information sharing for emergency response *Inactive

eXtensible Name Service (XNS) Public Trust Organization (XNSORG)
Governed the eXtensible Name Service (XNS) protocol *Now

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Financial Information eXchange Protocol (FIX)
Develops an open protocol for real-time communication between participants in the Equity markets

Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA)
Develops software standards for physical agents and agent-based systems

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Gene Ontology (GO) Project
Develops and promotes gene and gene product attributes across species and databases

Genomic Standards Consortium
Promotes and supports the development of a genomic standard

Develops and implements global data standards for the supply chain (United Kingdom)

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Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation
Develops HSA-enabled platform and software solutions for the market

HR-XML Consortium (HR-XML)
Develops and promotes a standard suite of XML specifications

HyperTransport Technology Consortium
Promotes HyperTransport technology specifications

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Identity Defined Security Alliance
Promotes the adoption of an identity centric approach to security, intended to provide real time, intelligence-based access to data and applications by integrating Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure with enterprise cyber secu

IGRS Alliance
Develops interoperability standards and product compliance (China)

Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE)
Develops European Union (EU) spatial data infrastructure

Integration Consortium
Promoted and educated the industry regarding integration solutions within and between organizations using Internet-standard protocols and formats *Disbanded in 2009

Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization (CIP4)
Develops standards for, and promotes the adoption of, process automation in the printing industry

International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation (ICCBBA)
Develops international standards for transfusion medicine and transplantation for electronic data interchange protocols

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

International DOI Foundation (IDF)
Develops and promotes registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers for use on digital networks

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

International MHEG Promotion Alliance (IMPALA)
Promotes public standard hybrid interactive TV middleware

Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)
Promotes research about Internet protocols, applications, architecture and technology

Internet Systems Consortium (ISC)
Develops and promotes Open Source reference implementations of core Internet protocols

IOTA Foundation
Promotes the use of blockchain technology to establish trust and enable interoperability and local data sharing among IoT devices

IPC-2581 Consortium
Promotes adoption of the IPC-2581, a design data transfer language

IPSO Alliance
Develops and promotes IP as the protocol for sensor and control networks, or "smart objects"

IPv6 Forum
Promotes the IPv6 protocol

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Japan Automotive Software Platform Architecture (JasPar)
Develops and promotes a uniform, interchangeable high-speed bus architecture for the Japanese car industry (Japan)

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

Java Community Process (JCP)
Develops and promotes the use of Java technology in various formats

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KNX Association
Develops and promotes the KNX standard

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Developed and promoted a non-proprietary data standard (LandXML) *Dissolved in 2012

Local Interconnect Network Consortium (LIN)
Developed and promoted the Local Interconnect Network (LIN) Specification, a serial communication system for distributed electronic systems in vehicles *Inactive

LoRa Alliance
Promotes the LoRa protocol for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national or global Internet of Things networks

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MashSSL Alliance
Promotes open standard for trust establishment between web applications

Develops and promotes technology standards for the health professions
Develops and promotes open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards

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

Develops and maintains a standard for reporting data in the resort industry

Multicore Association
Promotes open specifications to enable multicore product development

Multifamily Information and Transactions Standards (MITS)
Develops multifamily housing industry data standards

Music Encoding Initiative (MEI)
Develops and promotes an XML-based schema for musical notation

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National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols (NIIIP) Consortium
Developed standards for multi-vendor government contract fulfillment and other purposes *Inactive (U.S.)

North Amercian Security Products Organization (NASPO)
Develops standards and security protocols for providers of security documents, labels, cards, packaging, materials and technology

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Developed open source middleware *Merged with Orientware in 2005 to form OW2 Consortium

Develops and maintains an open protocol for sharing any URL with any service on the web

Open Applications Group (OAG)
Promotes best practices and standards for application integration

Open Archives Initiative (OAI)
Develops and promotes digital content interoperability standards

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

Open Charge Alliance (OCA)
Promotes and provides a forum for the development of the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), a standard for uniform communications between Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points and the central management system

Open Container Initiative
Supports development of open industry standards around container formats and runtime

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

Open Data (OData) Protocol
Maintains data access protocol developed to provide access to online data sources

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

Open Edge Computing
Promotes maintenance of network functionality that offers connected compute and storage resources from nearby access points and other edge nodes

Open Group IT4IT Forum
Develops and promotes the IT4IT Reference Architecture for managing the business of IT

Open Mashup Alliance (OMA)
Promotes the adoption of mashup services and applications through evolution of enterprise mashup standards

Open Music Initiative
Promotes the development of an open-source protocol for the uniform identification of music rights holders and creators

Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
Promotes and develops Software-Defined Networking (SDN) through open standards development

Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI)
Promoted and supported an advanced SystemC as an open source standard for system-level design *Merged with Accellera in 2011 to form Accellera Systems Initiative

Open Travel Alliance (OTA)
Develops business and systems specifications for the travel industry

Open-IX Association
Develops Data Center and IXP technical and operating standards

OpenBel Consortium
Maintains the OpenBEL Biological Expression Language

Develops a framework that simplifies all aspects of scientific data networking

OpenDoc Society
Promotes the openness of documents and shared knowledge

Promotes sharing and computable information using ICT in healthcare, medical research and related industries

Develops and promotes high-level parallel language support for a wide range of applications

OpenPGP Alliance
Develops and promotes the OpenPGP email encryption standard for encrypting email using public key cryptography

OpenSPL Consortium
Promotes the use of OpenSPL, an open programming language for spatial computing

Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)
Promotes and develops standards based on XML, SGML, HTML and related structured information processing technologies

Maintains an open standard for distributed status updates

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Develops and promotes supply chain communication standards for the paper and forest product industry

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

Power Management Bus Implementers Forum (PMBus-IF)
Promotes PM bus technology, an open-standard digital power management protocol that facilitates communication with a power converter or other device by defining the required transport, physical interface, and command language

Project JXTA
Develops, maintains and promotes the use of JTXA technology for peer-to-peer network communications and collaboration

PSLX Consortium
Develops APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) standards for collaborative manufacturing

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Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO)
Develops and promotes data standards and processes for real estate transactions, including the Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS)

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Salmon Protocol
Promotes a message exchange protocol to decentralize commentary focused on public content

Salutation Consortium
Promoted interoperability standards among devices, applications and services across paper management, telephony and computing domains *Dissolved in 2005

Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
XML-based framework developed and maintained by the Security Services Technical Committee of the open standards

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Forum
Promotes the adoption of products and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol

SmartDeviceLink (SDL) Consortium
Promotes SmartDeviceLink, a standard set of protocols and messages that connect applications on a smartphone to a vehicle head unit

Speech Applications Language Tags Forum (SALT Forum)
Developed standards to enable multimodal and telephonic access to diverse data and services *Dissolved in 2003

Promotes the interchange of sports data through the use of XML

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TALQ Consortium
Develops and promotes a management software interface for Outdoor Lighting Networks

Text Encoding Initiative
Develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form

Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C)
Developed and now maintains the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)

The Open Group ArchiMate Forum
Develops and promotes the ArchiMate standard, an open and independent enterprise architecture modeling language specification

The Open Group Architecture Forum
Develops and promotes The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), a standard for enterprise architecture

The Open Group Exploration, Mining, Metals & Minerals (EMMM) Forum
Develops and promotes an enterprise architecture standard for mining and other extractive industries

The Open Group Healthcare Forum
Develops and promotes a standard for the development of a reference architecture for healthcare companies

The Open Platform 3.0 Forum
Develops and promotes open technology standards to support the technological development of Smart Cities

The Open Process Automation Forum
Develops and promotes the O-PAS Standard, a standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture

Thread Group
Promotes the Thread protocol to connect home consumer electronics

Trusted IoT Alliance
Develop blockchain infrastructure to secure and scale internet of things environments

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Unicode Consortium
Develops, extends, and promotes use of the Unicode Standard

Unified EFI Forum (UEFI)
Promotes and maintains the UEFI standard

UXP Initiative (UXPi)
Develops and promotes interoperable specifications for the semiconductor industry

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VoiceXML Forum
Promotes the Voice Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML)

Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Association (VICS)
Promoted the flow of product throughout the retail supply chain *Merged with GS1 US in 2012 to form the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative

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Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG)
Develops HTML application specifications

Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)
Promoted Web services interoperability across platforms, operating systems and programming languages *Merged with OASIS

Develops and promotes the Weightless network technology standard in M2M communications

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Develops common protocols to enable the evolution and interoperability of the Web

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

Xccela Consortium
Promotes the Xccela Bus as an open-standard digital interconnect and data communications bus (XDI)
Develops the XRI Data Interchange (XDI)

xDTM Standard
Supports organizations and consumers using Digital Transaction Management (DTM) to conduct transactions online

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

XMPP Standards Foundation
Develops open protocols for presence, instant messaging, and real-time communication and collaboration on top of the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)

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Yocto Project
Promotes the creation of custom Linux-based systems for embedded products

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