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These are organizations that are recognized as having some sort of standards-making role for the Internet. In other words, they create the technologies that allow users to interact with the Internet.
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NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology - The NIST is a federal technology agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. ISOC - Internet Society - The ISOC is a professional membership society providing leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards. ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - ICANN is a non-profit corporation that was formed to assume responsibility for the allocation or management of domain names, IP addresses, protocols, and root servers. Portable Application Standards Committee - Source for all information about the IEEE PASC Family of standards, PASC meetings, and other related materials. Includes IEEE POSIX. W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium - The W3C was founded in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. NSSN: National Resource for Global Standards - NSSN serves as a central point to search for standards information from many sources and serves as an important gateway connecting those who seek standards to those that supply them. United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitations and Electronic Business - This group works to improve the ability of business, trade and administrative organizations to exchange products and services. It encourages organizations to contribute and help develops its recommendations and standards. The Organisation for the advancement of Structured Information Standards - OASIS is a non-profit, international consortium that creates interoperable industry specifications based on public standards such as XML and SGML. OASIS members include organizations and individuals who provide, use and specialize in implementing the technologies that make these standards work in practice. IANA - Internet Assigned Numbers Authority - By tracking valid protocol values, MIME types, and other Internet numbers, IANA preserves the central coordinating functions of the Internet. - is a not-for-profit organization connecting people to open standards and the bodies that build and foster their growth. ECMA - European Computer Manufacturer's Association - ECMA, known for its ECMAScript standard, is an international association founded in 1961 and dedicated to the standardization of information and communication systems.
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