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Introduction 

NSAI/TC 02 Information and Communication Technology Standards Consultative Committee (ICT SCC) provides a strategic and representative forum for national experts and stakeholder groups to engage in standardization activities at a National, European and International level.  

NSAI/TC 02 also serves as the Irish national mirror committee to ISO/IEC JTC 1 Information Technology and as the parent body to a suite of national subcommittees that in turn mirror European (CEN/CENELEC) and International (ISO/IEC) committees engaged in standardization in the ICT domain, see Table 1 for more information. 

Scope of NSAI/TC 02 ICT SCC 

  1. To advise NSAI on standardization matters related to information and communications technology; 
  2. To consider European and International ICT standardization programmes and national participation in such programmes; and
  3. To facilitate national stakeholder participation in European and International ICT standardization programmes. 
Committee Name Committee Title
ISO/IEC JTC 1 and Subcommittees Information Technology
ISO/TC 307 Blockchain and Distributed ledger technologies
CEN/TC 225 Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) Technologies 
CEN/TC 428 ICT Professionalism and Digital competence
CEN/TC 434 Electronic invoicing
CEN/TC 440 Electronic Public Procurement
CEN/CENELEC JTC 13 Cybersecurity and Data Protection 
CEN/CENELEC JTC 19 Blockchain and Distributed ledger technologies 
CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 Artificial Intelligence

Table 1 European and International Committees mirrored by NSAI/TC 02 - ICTSCC 

ICT SCC - Priority Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence  
  • Internet of Things 
  • IT Governance  
  • Cybersecurity and Data protection  
  • Sustainable ICT  

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International & European Standards Engagement 

As a global community of experts ISO/IEC JTC 1 develop worldwide Information and Communication Technology standards for business and consumer applications.  The JTC 1 operating structure currently comprise of twenty-two subcommittees and a number of advisory groups.  NSAI is currently active in ten JTC 1 subcommittees as a participating member and a further nine subcommittees in an observer role. 

European standardization work represents a very important activity as many of the standards projects engaged in have been supported by or are directly mandated by the European Commission to facilitate the implementation of policy and legislative instruments, examples of which include the European framework for ICT professionalism and the eInvoicing directive.  Emerging policy and legislative areas covering Cybersecurity, Data Governance and Artificial Intelligence are also similarly being considered through the establishment of the European standards committees CEN/CLC JTC 13 and CEN/CLC JTC 21.  

Through its Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) for ICT Standardization, the European Commission has established a forum comprising of  representatives of national authorities from EU Member States & EFTA countries, European and international ICT standardisation bodies, and stakeholder organisations that represent industry, small and medium-sized enterprises and consumers. 

In its multi annual Rolling Plan for ICT standardization the MSP provides a unique bridge between EU policies and standardisation activities in the field of information and communication technologies. This allows for increased convergence of standardisation makers' efforts towards achieving EU policy goals. 
 

ICT SCC Structure and Operating Mode 

Membership of ISO/IEC committees are qualified as being that of an observer or a participating member, i.e. actively engaged as a national delegation at subcommittee level or as a contributing expert(s) in a working group(s).  

Table 2 identifies the current ICTSCC structure and participation mode [Participating (P), Observing (O)], together with the European and International committees each of its subcommittee engages with.

ICT SCC

Description

Operating
Mode

Mirroring

ISO/IEC

Mirroring 

CEN/CENELEC

NSAI TC 02 Information and Communication Technologies  (P) JTC 1  
SC 02 Software Engineering (P) JTC 1 SC 07  
SC 03 Telecommunications, media encoding, and green IT (O) JTC 1 SC 06  
SC 04 Codes, character sets, and internationalization (P) JTC 1 SC 02  
SC 06 Generic cabling systems (P) JTC 1 SC 25  
SC 08 Biometrics (O) JTC 1 SC 37  
SC 09 Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) Techniques  (P) JTC 1 SC 31 TC 225
SC 10 IT Security Techniques (P) JTC 1 SC 27 JTC 13
SC 11 Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms (P) JTC 1 SC 38  
SC 12 e-Procurement (P)  

TC 434 / TC 440

SC 13 e-Competences and ICT Professionalism (P) JTC 1 SC 36 TC 428
SC 14 Document description and processing languages (O) JTC 1 SC 34  
SC 15 IT Service Management and IT Governance (P) JTC 1 SC 40  
SC 16 Blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies  (P)

TC 1 SC 307

JTC 19
SC 17 IoT and related technologies (P) JTC 1 SC 41  
SC 18 Artificial Intelligence (P) JTC 1 SC 42 JTC 21
SC 19 Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information (P) JTC 1 SC 29  

 

Further Information 

Highlighted standards from national mirror committees. [pending]

Learn more about NSAI Top Team for Standards in Artificial Intelligence

Introduction | Artificial Intelligence is developing fast. It will change our lives by improving healthcare (e.g. making diagnosis more precise, enabling better prevention of diseases), increasing the efficiency of farming, contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation, improving the efficiency of production systems and predictive maintenance, increasing the security of Europeans, and in many other ways that we can only begin to imagine. At the same time, Artificial Intelligence (AI) entails a number of potential risks, such as opaque decision-making, gender-based or other kinds of discrimination, intrusion into our private lives or being vulnerable to criminal intentions.

Scope | NSAI /TC 02/SC 18 is the Ireland national mirror committee to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 and CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 on AI.
Ireland is committed to following and inputting into the development of AI Standards. Several members of the SC18 are actively involved in Artificial Intelligence standards development at both International and European level as contributing experts, as members of Irish delegations and in leadership roles as chairs of committees and working groups and as project leaders.

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 was established as a systems integration entity with the following scope:
Standardization in the area of Artificial Intelligence to:

  • Serve as the focus and proponent for JTC 1’s standardization program on Artificial Intelligence
  • Provide guidance to JTC 1, IEC, and ISO committees developing Artificial Intelligence applications

CEN/CENELEC JTC 21 shall produce standardization deliverables in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related data, as well as provide guidance to other technical committees concerned with Artificial Intelligence. The JTC shall also consider the adoption of relevant international standards and standards from other organisations, like ISO/IEC JTC 1 and its subcommittees, such as SC 42 Artificial intelligence. The JTC shall produce standardization deliverables to address European market and societal needs, as well as underpinning EU legislation, policies, principles, and values.

European and International committees 

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42

CEN/CENELEC JTC 21

NSAI Annual Report for TC 002 ICTSCC

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