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Descriptive metadata for the Web is essential for us to navigate our way around it, enabling resources to be found, identified and archived. Yet such metadata wouldn’t work if programmers worldwide weren’t using a common, universal metadata language. The ISO standard that defines that language has just …
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From diagnosing diseases to pharmaceutical and scientific research, the handling of biological materials in laboratories or elsewhere is essential for many industries but doesn’t come without its dangers. Effective risk management of biohazardous materials means a reduced chance of accidents, less impact …

Message from the new ISO President Eddy Njoroge.
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Everybody has heard about Bitcoin by now. It was the first cryptocurrency to go mainstream, but others are fast growing in popularity. There could be more than 1800 different types of cryptocurrencies in existence, and more are being developed every day. So how do we ensure digital currencies are safe? …
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In the world of haves and have-nots, nearly two billion people globally lack access to the mainstream financial system. Why does this matter and what can be done to tackle the issue? Experts explain how International Standards can help to establish transparency, rebuild trust and solve the identity crisis …

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ISOfocus January/February 2020

The new wave of finance

Articles on digital currencies, financial messaging systems for the banking industry and universal access to financial services.