World Standards Day, held on October 14th each year, honors the collaborative efforts of the global network of experts working to develop voluntary technical agreements published as international standards. These experts belong to Open Stand Partner organizations such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and  International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The theme of this year’s World Standards Day was “Standards Build Trust,” a reflection of the trust and assurance given to users by ensuring interoperability of devices. Users and providers, because of this assurance, have an expectation for certain technology created by a level playing field.

According to Mary Lynne Nielsen global operations and outreach program director for IEEE Standards Association (an OpenStand Affirming Partner) “Standards connect us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and trusted frameworks for cooperation. Introducing common interpretations on reciprocal sides of a communication or transaction, standards are essential to mutually beneficial trade and resource efficient international commerce.”

This may sound familiar to those who understand and embrace the OpenStand Principles.

International standards arrange the fundamental set of norms, concepts or meanings, meaning access to all interested and informed parties. This year’s World Standards Day highlighted the quality and safety international standards bring, while celebrating the diversity of the “interconnected world, introducing uniformity at the interfaces where we need to be certain that we are speaking on the same terms.”

World Standards Day was launched in 1970 with an aim to “raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.” The U.S. celebration consisted of a reception and gala dinner at the Fairmont Washington in Washington, D.C.

If you agree with the principles of openness, transparency, accessibility, and market-driven standards adoption, celebrated at World Standards Day, we hope you’ll consider becoming an OpenStand Advocate.