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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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A new wave of disruption more forceful and more pervasive than what we have seen in recent years will likely unfold in the next decade. In the ISOfocus magazine (January/February 2020) entitled “A new wave of finance”, you will learn how standards can make a difference.
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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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The global financial system is currently undergoing its most far-reaching transformation in recent history as new market infrastructure, such as instant payment platforms, is being implemented worldwide. Underpinning these developments is ISO 20022, an international messaging standard that promises to …

Tackling climate change, poverty and inequality requires an innovative financial system. In an interview with ISOfocus, Peter J. Young, Chair of the new ISO/TC 322 on sustainable finance, puts a compelling case for why International Standards are essential for mobilizing finance globally to address these …
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Welding symbols are a necessary element of engineering, providing a common language for all involved in fabrication, from designers to the shop floor. The internationally agreed standard for these symbols has been updated.
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Virtually no medical procedure is without risk, but there are many ways to minimize it. One such way is through applying sound risk management processes to medical devices. The International Standard to do just that has now been updated.