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 May 2007
Global Notebook

2007 World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced

To recognize the global consensus-building capacity of standards developing organizations, the Standards Engineering Society and the World Standards Day Planning Committee have announced that the theme for the 2007 World Standards Day Paper Competition is “Standards and the Global Village.” In a diverse world, global consensus is difficult to achieve despite the move toward the globalization of trade and culture. But for many decades, standards have successfully created international consensus on critical issues such as consumer information and protection, the quality and safety of products and services, the environment, health care, security, Internet protocols, and fair trade, among others. The paper competition invites papers that show, using specific examples, ways that standards developing organizations have encouraged and created global consensus for the economic and social benefit of the global village. Cash prizes will be awarded by the paper competition sponsors for the best three papers submitted: $2,500, $1,000 and $500. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering. All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight Aug. 31 by the SES Executive Director, 13340 SW 96th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33176. For details, www.ses-standards.org and follow the link for “2007 WSD Paper Competition.” //

SES Annual Conference – Standards: The Bridge to Global Markets

The 2007 Standards Engineering Society annual conference will be held Aug. 20-21 at the Hyatt at Fishermans’ Wharf in San Francisco, Calif. The theme of this year’s conference is Standards: The Bridge to Global Markets. Torsten Bahke, director of Germany’s national standards body, Deutsches Institut für Normung, will be the keynote speaker. This year’s conference is being held in conjunction with the 12th International Conference of the International Federation of Standards Users. Topic areas include access to world markets, partnerships for developing global standards, education, technology, successful standards participation and access to standards. Two professional development courses — A Guide to Standards and Strategic Standardization Management — will be presented in conjunction with the conference on Aug. 22-23. Visit the SES Web site. //

ANSI Announces Relaunch of StandardsLearn.org

The American National Standards Institute has announced the relaunch of www.StandardsLearn.org, the premier online source for standards and conformity assessment education. In line with the United States Standards Strategy initiative to establish standards education as a high priority within in the United States, ANSI’s redesign of the e-learning portal aims to raise the profile of standardization among the general public and within the academic community in particular. StandardsLearn.org contains courses, reference materials such as the Acronyms Database, and links to current national and international standards-setting activities and organizations. The Web site currently contains two long-form courses that provide a basic introduction to the U.S. standards development process and the role of standards in everyday life. Two short courses examine the ways in which standards have evolved over time and legal issues in standards-setting today. An additional course on standardization in the international arena will be available soon. In addition to the e-learning programs, www.StandardsLearn.org also contains the Standards Education Database, a resource for education and distance-learning programs provided by ANSI-accredited standards developers, ANSI members and academic institutions. The database includes information on programs spanning a wide array of industries, including health and safety, construction, architecture, wireless communication, testing and accreditation, and more. //

Advanced Technology Program Awards

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Advanced Technology Program has opened a new competition for cost-sharing awards to support high-risk industrial research and development projects. The program offers funding for specific research projects by individual companies or industry-led joint ventures in order to accelerate the development of challenging, high-risk technologies. The ATP expects to have approximately $60 million for awards from this competition. Projects are selected in a competitive, peer-reviewed process. Project proposals must be submitted to the ATP by 3 p.m. Eastern time on May 21. The competition is open to technology research projects from any area of technology. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of detailed selection criteria reflecting scientific and technological merit and potential for broad-based economic benefits. To provide potential applicants with general information regarding the program, tips on preparing proposals and the opportunity for questions and answers, the ATP is holding five public Proposers’ Conferences on April 13, in Gaithersburg, Md.; April 16, in Detroit, Mich.; April 18, in Boston, Mass., and Los Angeles, Calif.; and April 20, in Austin, Texas. There is no registration fee, and applicants are not required to attend one of these conferences. The April 13 Proposer’s Conference in Gaithersburg, Md., will be Web cast. For more information, click here. //

SSPC Announces Coatings Inspector Certification Program

The Society for Protective Coatings’ newest training and certification program will be available to coatings professionals in August 2007. The certification, tentatively titled “SSPC certified protective coatings inspector,” is currently in the final stages of development with a planned May 2007 pilot. Based on standards by SSPC, ASTM International, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and NACE International, the program contains 12 modules taught over five days, with an optional certification exam administered on the sixth day. The program is designed to educate professionals new to coatings inspection and will also challenge even the most experienced inspectors. Individuals meeting prerequisite educational and experience criteria, as well as those possessing other certifications, can opt to take the certification exam without taking the course. //