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International Technology Standards Group Elects HP's Karen Higginbottom as Chair

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International Technology Standards Group Elects HP's Karen Higginbottom as Chair

Washington, D.C. March 18, 2003 - The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced today that its 26 Executive Board members from industry, government and academia have elected Karen Higginbottom of Hewlett Packard as Chair. She is the Director of Standards Initiatives in HP's Office of Strategy and Technology.

INCITS recently announced its strengthened link to the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC). As a result, its growing membership includes both industry-leading technology companies and other principal standards developing organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), and the Uniform Code Council (UCC).

"INCITS is the industry venue for developing technical standards and standardization policy," Higginbottom noted. "Our aim is to work cooperatively with other standards groups in the international community for the benefit of both technology producers and users."

Since 1994, Higginbottom has managed HP's involvement in standards and consortia, where she has been active since 1987. Prior to joining HP, she led the Standards and Consortia team at Apple Computer.

INCITS ( is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. As such, INCITS also serves as the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for International standardization in the field of information technology. INCITS is accredited by ANSI and operates under its rules, designed to ensure that voluntary standards are developed by the consensus of directly and materially affected interests.

INCITS Executive Board of supplier and customer members includes Apple Computer, Center for Global Standards Analysis, Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), DCTA Inc., DDC-I, EIA, Farance Inc., Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Hewlett-Packard, IBM, ICCP, IEEE, Intel, Microsoft, Network Appliance, NIST, Open Strategies, Oracle, Panasonic, Purdue University, Sony Electronics, Sun Microsystems, the Uniform Code Council, Unisys, US DOD/DISA and Xerox.