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X3 Changes its identity to NCITS

NCITS (National Committee for Information Technology Standards)


Doc. No.: PR/97-001
Reply to: Kate McMillan at

X3 Changes its identity to NCITS

January 24, 1997 -

There is a new name in information technology standardization in the U.S. -

National Committee for Information Technology Standards (NCITS). NCITS (pronounced "Insights") is the new name for Accredited Standards Committee X3 - Information Technology.

While the scope of standardization activities remains the same, the emphasis is different.

      NCITS's mission is to produce market-driven, voluntary consensus standards in the areas of:

  • multimedia (MPEG/JPEG),
  • intercommunication among computing devices and information systems (including the Information Infrastructure, SCSI-2 interfaces, Geographic Information Systems),
  • storage media (hard drives, removable cartridges),
  • database (including SQL3),
  • security, and
  • programming languages (such as C++).

NCITS develops national standards and its technical experts participate on behalf of the United States in the international standards activities of ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information Technology. Through participation in NCITS, industry leaders and users alike have the opportunity to open new markets, dismantle non-tariff trade barriers, and build the basic structure of the Global Information Infrastructure.

This name change reflects the renewed vigor of the information technology standards process and allows for more name-uniqueness in electronic searches such as on the world wide web. An additional sign of this renewed vigor is evident is NCITS's proposal for U.S. adoption of 230 ISO/IEC JTC 1 standards in the Information Technology field.

NCITS welcomes new members in the development of critical new standards and the review of the standards that built the infrastructure. We welcome everyone who wants to start standards projects in the information technology area. Contact us at More information is available at the web site .