I wonder how many representatives there'll be from the global South...
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>[This will be an important conference. I really wish I could attend.]
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>Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 16:33:33 -0400
>From: Peter Lefkin <[log in to unmask]>
>To: iisp-gen <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Global Standards Conference - 1st Announcement
>INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE STANDARDS PANEL (IISP)
>Below you will find the full text of the first announcement for the
>Global Standards Conference on October 1-3, 1997 in Brussels. Please
>feel free to forward this announcement to others who may be interested.
>Since its inception, in early 1996, representatives of the Information
>Infrastructure Standards Panel (IISP), the U.S. Government (Department
>of Commerce), and private industry, have been representing the United
>States on the international Conference Steering Group for the Global
>Standards Conference. The Conference Steering Group has the overall
>responsibility for the organization and planning of the Conference.
>Other participant regions on the international Steering Group include:
>Europe, Japan, and Canada. The three sponsoring international
>organizations, International Organization for Standardization (ISO),
>International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International
>Telecommunication Union (ITU) are also participating on the Conference
>The full conference information, including the program schedule,
>speakers for the plenaries and theme groups, registration information,
>etc., is scheduled to be distributed and posted to the web in early June
>1997. Updates during the lead-up to the conference will be linked from
>IISP's web site at, http://www.ansi.org/iisp/gisconf.html, and posted on
>the official conference web site. The Official Conference information
>can be found on the European Commission's Information Society Project
>Office (ISPO) web site at, http://www.ispo.cec.be/standards/conf97/.
>Questions regarding the conference can be directed to the Conference
>Secretariat at [log in to unmask] Questions regarding U.S.
>participation in the conference may be directed to Peter Lefkin
>([log in to unmask]) or Chick Hayden ([log in to unmask]).
>Peter B. Lefkin
>Program Manager, Information Infrastructure Programs
>American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
>11 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036, USA
>212.642.4979 - (fax) 212.398.0023
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>GLOBAL STANDARDS CONFERENCE - first announcement
>Building the Global Information Society for the 21st Century
>New Applications and Business Opportunities: Coherent Standards and
>Sponsored by ISO/IEC/ITU
>Hosted by the European Commission
>Brussels, 1-3 October 1997
>Palace and Sheraton Hotels
>WHY THIS CONFERENCE?
>The aim of the Conference is to facilitate the timely and coherent
>development of the Global Information Society/Global Information
>Infrastructure (GIS/GII) by identifying and promoting the resolution of
>outstanding standardization issues. The first steps towards a GIS/GII
>have already been taken and an opportunity now exists to assess actual
>applications and to pinpoint the factors contributing to their success.
>This major global conference is intended to follow-up on the
>identification/recognition by G7 Ministers in February, 1995 of the
>importance of promoting interoperability to futher develop the GIS/GII.
>The Conference is market focused and its objective is to offer an Open
>Forum for the essential market players (users, system suppliers, network
>service providers, information service providers, content providers,
>standards related bodies, regulators, public policy makers) to :
>- exchange views regarding actual and potential applications along with
>related practical experience;
>- identify factors leading to the successful and fast implementation of
>selected applications, and the business opportunities that these will
>- investigate the standards (voluntary and mandatory) and related
>technical regulations that are needed to shape the implementation of
>GIS/GII, so that it may realize its full potential in the global
>- share perspectives on the appropriate timing of the implementation of
>applications to meet GIS/GII needs.
>The Conference will provide an opportunity:
>- to gain a better understanding of the status of G7, national and
>transnational GIS/GII projects,
>- to share experiences about implementation successes and failures,
>- to learn how timely standards helped resolve difficulties and
>impediments in developing new markets, new products and new applications
>through the promotion of global interoperability and functionality,
>- to explore new ways to facilitate development of new
>products/markets/applications by getting, for example, the right
>standards at the right time, and to identify and promote methods for
>achieving global functionality and interoperability.
>The Conference will contribute a renewed motivation for action and a
>vision for how to successfully realize new business opportunities and
>the global implementation of GIS/GII. The conference will promote
>opportunities by referring its results, including perspectives for the
>future and key issues, to the appropriate organizations, rather than
>attempting to determine solutions per se. This approach should permit
>more time for identification of opportunities and discussion of views on
>how further progress in achieving the GIS/GII can be realized. Through
>a wide diffusion of results, the Conference will provide a clear
>awareness of issues and solutions experienced.
>HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
>The conference intends to provide a clear awareness of the issues and
>experience in standards development in order to promote progressive
>action throughout the industry.
>Four major themes will be addressed in workshops during the event:
>- Electronic commerce - topics such as banking, financial services,
>teleshopping and trade.
>- Services to the public - for example, service information, libraries,
>museums, remote provision of welfare services, education, telemedicine
>and intelligent transportation telematics systems.
>- Individual use - services including interactive entertainment,
>telelearning and the provision of information and communications.
>- Communications infrastructure interoperability (a horizontal topic).
>The programme is being developed to ensure the greatest opportunity for
>creative discussion. The sessions on the first and last days will be
>plenaries in which the status of existing Global Information Society
>projects will be reviewed, and the potential for consensus-based
>standardization and public policy initiatives for the enhancement of
>Global Information Society development processes will be discussed.
>The second day will be devoted to four workshops, run in parallel, to
>explore the four major themes. The workshops will provide the
>opportunity to discuss widely-recognized Global Information Society
>needs, such as security, encryption, privacy, multilingualism support,
>user interface, and practical interactive communications which are made
>possible by interoperability, in specific applications of relevance both
>to business and to the citizen. The results of the thematic workshops
>will be summarized and presented for discussion to all the conference
>delegates in the plenary session on the last day of the Conference.
>WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
>With its clear focus on market developments and business opportunities,
>the Conference is an essential forum for CEOs, senior managers and
>business leaders from:
>- Users: Information infrastructures and services users: small, medium
>and large enterprises, central and local governments, individual user
>groups and local communities, etc
>- Suppliers/Developers: Major standards developers, suppliers involved
>in global standardization programmes, GIS application developers,
>information content providers, service providers, Internet providers,
>business circles, trade/industry associations, financial institutions,
>researchers involved in GIS/GII pilot projects.
>- Leaders in standardization and Government representatives involved in
>public policy and/or standardization: Standards development
>organisations (including international, regional and national partners),
>Governmental agencies, public policy makers, Government officials
>involved in standardization and technical regulations affecting GIS/GII.
>The aim is to achieve a carefully-balanced audience, ensuring that all
>major players are represented, from all regions of the world, both
>developed and developing countries, from industry, public authorities,
>standardization organisations, service providers and academics.
>ABOUT THE VENUE
>The newly-renovated Palace Hotel, with its distinctive Art Nouveau
>atmosphere, is situated in central Brussels, with the Botanical Gardens
>on its doorstep. On the opposite side of the square is the Sheraton
>Hotel, where two of the one-day thematic workshops will be held.
>The world-famous Grand Place and its neighbouring streets of notable
>restaurants is just five minutes walk away. The hotels have easy access
>to the inner ring road and the main train station, and are on the metro
>A registration fee of 25,000 BEF will be charged for this prestigious
>event. To ensure that the conference can fully achieve its objective of
>full delegate involvement, the number of places available will be
>Full information, including the programme schedule, registration forms
>and hotel details, will be distributed in the early summer of 1997, and
>updates during the lead-up to the Conference will be available on the
>World Wide Web at http://www.ispo.cec.be/standards/conf97
>An international Conference Steering Group has the overall
>responsibility for the organisation of the Conference, whilst autonomous
>thematic planning groups are working on the preparation of the
>Conference content. Here are the contact details for the lead and
>regional coordinators of each thematic workshop:
>Theme 1 - Electronic Commerce
>US: Jay M. Tenenbaum (Commerce Net) [log in to unmask]
>US: George Spix (Microsoft) [log in to unmask]
>EU: Claude Boulle (Bull) [log in to unmask]
>CA: Jake Knoppers (Canaglobe International Inc) [log in to unmask]
>JP: Tatsuo Goto (NEC Corporation) [log in to unmask]
>Theme 2 - Services to the public
>EU: Wolfram Berger (Ministerialdirigent - German Ministry of Economics)
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>EU: George Hall (ICL) [log in to unmask]
>CA: David Clemis (interim)(Industry CA) [log in to unmask]
>JP: Shozo Tanaka (Fujitsu Ltd) [log in to unmask]
>US: Peter Waegemann (Medical Records Institute) [log in to unmask]
>Theme 3 - Individual use
>CA: Claudine Simson (Nortel Technology) [log in to unmask]
>CA: Paul Jay (Nortel Technology) [log in to unmask]
>JP: Shoei Kataoka (Sharp Corporation) [log in to unmask]
>US: Mary Anne Lawler (IBM Corp) [log in to unmask]
>EU: Georg Luetteke (Philips-DE) [log in to unmask]
>Theme 4 - Interoperability
>JP: Sadahiko Kano (NTT Corp.) [log in to unmask]
>JP: Hajime Yamada (NTT Corp.) [log in to unmask]
>US: Thomas Spacek (Bellcore) [log in to unmask]
>EU: Heinz Wichards (Deutsche Telekom)
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>CA: George Arnold (TSACC/Lucent) [log in to unmask]
>MAKE A NOTE OF THIS GLOBAL EVENT IN YOUR DIARY NOW
>1-3 October 1997 in Brussels!
>European Commission, Directorate General III - Industry
>with the support of CEN/EWOS
>Rue de Stassart 36, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
>Tel +32 2 511 7455
>Fax +32 2 511 8723
>email [log in to unmask]