Information Technology Standards

Information Technology Standards

Quest for the Common Byte

1st Edition - September 21, 1995

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  • Author: Martin Libicki
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483292489

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This book examines information technology standards and discusses what they are, what they do, how they originate, and how they evolve.While standards are important in improving system interoperability and thereby increasing economic productivity, they are unlikely to achieve their full potential due to a variety of factors, chief of which is the politics of the standard process itself.Libicki points out that the government is not likely the best source for designing and promoting standards. He does an excellent job of breaking down many complex technical issues and presenting them in a fashion that technical people can enjoy and policy makers can understand.


Engineers, computer scientists, and people in communication technolgy with an interest in standards.

Table of Contents

  • Preface; What standards do: The open road; Unix; Open systems interconnection; Front-line manufacturing; Computer-aided acquisition and logistic support; The ada programming language; To the gigabaud station; ISDN: narrow and broad; A congress of libraries; So many standards, so little time; Appendix.

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  • No. of pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Digital Press 1995
  • Published: September 21, 1995
  • Imprint: Digital Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483292489

About the Author

Martin Libicki

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

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