The joint IEC and ISO committee on information technology (ISO/IEC JTC 1) has recently accepted a new organization as a ISO/IEC JTC 1 PAS submitter: the Joint Development Foundation (JDF). JDF is a part of the Linux Foundation, offering members a platform for the development of technical specifications.
As an ISO/JTC 1 PAS submitter, JDF can now propose specifications to ISO/IEC JTC 1 for consideration as ISO/IEC International Standards. JDF has already done so with the submission of its Open Chain specification.
ISO/IEC PAS submitters
To become a Publicly Available Specification submitter, an organization must fulfil an extensive set of criteria. These criteria are put in place to ensure that the process for developing specifications is neutral to all contributors and includes industry-wide participation. Once developed, the specification needs to represent an industry-wide consensus and be written in accordance with PAS editing standards.
Once approved as a PAS Submitter, an organization can put forward its specifications to ISO/IEC JTC 1 for approval by its members. The submission is balloted using the Draft International Standard and Final Draft International Standard approval procedures used for all ISO/IEC Standards. The process ensures that the PAS Submitter is fully engaged in the ISO/IEC approval process and that the final standard does not diverge from the initial submission without the PAS Submitter’s consent.
To date, over 115 ISO/IEC Standards have been approved using this streamlined process. Current approved ISO/IEC JTC 1 PAS Submitters include the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), W3C, OASIS and The Open Group. A full list is available on the ISO/IEC JTC 1 website.
Benefits of ISO/IEC standardization
ISO/IEC International Standards offer recommendations for safety features, quality measures and interoperability. By becoming an ISO/IEC standard, a technology benefits from global acceptance of products, accelerated adoption and expanded reach. It joins a globally recognized technical ecosystem.
Open Chain specification
As an ISO/IEC PAS Submitter, JDF has proposed its Open Chain specification for consideration as an ISO/IEC International Standard. The specification, available since 2016, identifies the requirements for a compliance programme throughout a software supply chain using open source. By becoming an international standard, the Open Chain specification seeks to facilitate the adoption of its compliance programme around the world.
The Linux Foundation has previously submitted the Linux Standard Base core specification which became a series of standard, the ISO/IEC 23360 series, in 2006 and which are publicly available standards.