Each year, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) joins the international community in celebrating the importance of standards-related activities and pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of individuals that give their time and expertise to this important work.
A variety of unique activities are organized by national standardization bodies and participants in the international community to commemorate World Standards Day. SCC celebrations, alternate between in-person events and online promotion, and SCC uses the opportunity to communicate the value of standardization to a wider audience.
On October 14th, 1946, delegates from 25 countries gathered in London, England to create a new international organization dedicated to the coordination and unification of standards work. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was officially formed one year later.
To commemorate this occasion, World Standards Day was first held on October 14th, 1970, and the spirit of celebration has since expanded to include members of ISO, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
World Standards Day 2019
The theme for this year’s celebration of World Standards Day is “Video standards create a global stage”. Advances in video technology have changed our world, revolutionizing entertainment, connecting friends and families across the globe, enriching our communications experiences and enabling major improvements in medical care and education.
The innovation of recent decades has driven a huge leap forward in video quality. And video has also become more accessible, helping people worldwide to share their stories in vivid, moving pictures. These gains in both the sophistication and accessibility of video are built on International Standards.
The video compression algorithms standardized in collaboration by IEC, ISO and ITU have been honoured with two Primetime Emmy Awards, recognizing that these standards are central to industry’s ability to meet rising demand for video, one of the most bandwidth-intensive applications running over global networks.
International Standards meet industry demand for powerful compression capabilities. They also enable smooth transitions to the next generation of video compression technology, helping industry to maximize return on each wave of investment.
Having standards recognized and respected all over the world means that video encoded on one device can be decoded by another, regardless of the device being used. This introduces economies of scale that help to grow the market, giving innovators the confidence to invest in new video applications and services.
Archived content from previous World Standards Day events is available below.
- World Standards Day 2018
- World Standards Day 2017
- World Standards Day 2016
- World Standards Day 2015
- World Standards Day 2014
- World Standards Day 2013
- World Standards Day 2012
- World Standards Day 2011
- World Standards Day 2010 and SCC 40th Anniversary celebration