Classifications of Standards

  • Beginner 1, Course 8

Although the standardisation literature offers various classifications of standards, many of these classifications seem to be unsystematic. 1 A systematic classification might be beneficial for SDOs, as they could describe standardisation projects, develop criteria to determine if standards are within their scope, and enhance the identification of standards. 2 The same author added that a systematic classification might
be beneficial for SDOs users, as well.

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the need for the classification of standards;
  2. Understand subject-matter-related classifications;
  3. Understand classifications related to standards development;
  4. Understand classifications related to standards use;
  5. Explain the differences between de jure and de facto standards;
  6. Explain the differences between horizontal and vertical standards; and
  7. Understand that standards developed by professional and industrial associations, business associations, consortia, and fora may eventually become formal standards.

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University of Belgrade in Serbia
Ivana Mijatovic
Biljana Tosic