International Committee for Information Technology Standards

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InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards
Abbreviation INCITS
Established 1961 (54 years ago) (1961)
Purpose ICT standards
Headquarters Washington, D.C., U.S.
INCITS Participation[1]"

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards, or INCITS (pronounced "insights"),[2] is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization composed of IT developers.

INCITS coordinates technical standards activity between ANSI in the USA and joint ISO/IEC committees worldwide. This provides a mechanism to create standards that will be implemented in many nations.


INCITS was established in 1961 as the 'Accredited Standards Committee X3, Information Technology' and is sponsored by Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade association representing providers of information technology products and services then known as the Business Equipment Manufacturers' Association (BEMA) and later renamed the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers' Association (CBEMA). The first organizational meeting was in February 1961 with ITI (CBEMA then) taking Secretariat responsibility. X3 was established under American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures. The forum was renamed Accredited Standards Committee NCITS, National Committee for Information Technology Standards (NCITS) in 1997, and the current name was approved in 2001.

Technical Committees[edit]

INCITS' technical committees span a wide range of information technology areas. The full list of these committees is shown below:

  • Data Management (DM32)
  • Computer Graphics & Image Processing (H3)
  • Programming Languages (PL22)
  • Identification Cards and Related Devices (B10)
  • Cyber Security (CS1)
  • Biometrics (M1)
  • Optical Digital Data Disks (B11)
  • SCSI Storage Interfaces (T10)
  • Fibre Channel Interfaces (T11)
  • ATA Storage Interface (T13)
  • Coding of Audio, Picture, Multimedia, and Hypermedia Information (L3)
  • Open Distributed Processing (ODP) (T3)
  • Information Technology Access Interfaces (V2)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (L1)
  • Character Sets and Internationalization (L2)
  • Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface (V1)
  • Office Equipment (W1)
  • Governance of IT (GIT1)
  • Distributed Application Platforms and Services (DAPS38)
  • Sensor Networks (SN1)
  • IT Sustainability (ITS39)


  1. ^ membership
  2. ^ "About INCITS". 

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