2020 saw JTC 1 holding both 36th and 37th plenaries, June and November remotely, using virtual technology and has shown that this is a workable practice. During the November plenary over 180 delegates, representing 28 national standards bodies participated. It was shown that a virtual plenary offers the possibility of national body participation from countries that would not normally attend face to face meetings.


New standards development on Quantum Computing

In June the advisory group (AG) on Quantum Computing shared their final report, listing recommendations, one being to develop a standard on Quantum computing –Terminology and vocabulary, in a new working group. The new working group will serve as a systems integration entity to focus on JTC 1’s standardization program on quantum computing and maintain relationships with other related ISO/IEC technical committees and other organisations. It will identify gaps and opportunities and develop deliverables in the area of quantum computing. 

The current key work is to develop NP 4879 Quantum computing–terminology and vocabulary, maintain the study report of quantum computing, and collect the use cases of quantum computing.

Technology expansion to cover Digital Twin

Following the final report and recommendations from JTC 1/AG 11 Digital Twin, two new work items have been approved, covering Terminology and definitions and Use cases. These work items have been allocated to JTC 1 subcommittee (SC) 41 Internet of Things, to be developed into international standards.

A digital twin is the virtual representation of a physical object or system that enables understanding, decision making and optimisation. The use of digital twins is growing and currently being used in many industry sectors, including aerospace, automotive, smart manufacturing and agriculture.

Data usage

JTC 1/SC 32 Data Management and interchange, reported on its new program of work in data usage, which is developing guidance for sharing and use of data, with a special focus on people centred data. JTC 1 has approved two new projects on Terminology and Use cases and Guidance for data usage, which have been identified as a result of a detailed study on personal information (PI) and personally identifiable information (PII).


In its first report, the new JTC 1 working group on Trustworthiness, described progress in understanding, describing and evaluating trustworthiness as it applies across information technology. The group has now established 4 streams of work focusing on specific areas of ontology for ICT trustworthiness assessment, landscape of trustworthiness, trustworthiness vocabulary and trustworthiness reference architecture.


Following long and complicated discussions within SC 29 Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, a revised structure has been agreed and established with the goal of making the large subcommittee more streamlined and manageable.

Recognising achievement

Recognising the exceptional current achievements of experts, P. Wennblom acknowledged the recipients of the latest IEC 1906 Awards

Mike Edwards (UK), Yvan Engels (Germany), Larry Jones (United States), Yongjin Kim (Korea), Henry Wong (United States)

Management and Development

AG 1 Communications continues to develop JTC 1 communication releases, publicly accessible web content (e.g., jtc1info.org, JTC1.org, wiki pages, LinkedIn, ISO and IEC promotional channels) and other external documents (e.g. JTC 1 brochure). The group also collects newsworthy and useful information from the JTC 1 subcommittees, working groups and advisory groups, to make available for wider dissemination.

AG 1 is encouraging all JTC 1 participants to follow JTC 1 on social media (twitter) and to share its news on the website by sending items to Antoinette Price at apr@iec.ch, who will post them on revamped website jtc1info.org.

At the request of AG 14 Systems integration and facilitation (SIF), AG 1 agreed to work to create a short presentation and/or YouTube video overview for new JTC 1 experts. The presentation/video will highlight Systems Integration entities in JTC 1 and will incorporate established information already available from IEC Academy, ISO and IEC MARCOM teams.

AG 2, the Emerging technology and innovation group (JETI) has completed an internal report on digital manufacturing which has resulted in a number of recommendations, that will lead to further work. The advisory group will further explore and elaborate on the recommendations in readiness for the April 2021 plenary where the group will report on the relevant standardization issues and priorities that warrant immediate action by JTC 1. The group will also continue its valuable work in investigating the emerging technology areas and the affects for JTC 1.

AG 6 on Automated, autonomous and data rich vehicles will be reconstituted to perform a gap analysis of current work in ISO, IEC and other standards development organisations (SDOs), by developing an inventory of relevant work, consult SDOs such as: ISO/TC 22, TC 204, TC 20 SC 16, TC 8, TC 23, TC 127 and IEC/TC 9 as well as the Society of automotive engineers (SAE), ITU and ETSI, and finally provide a report to JTC 1.

AG 18 for Vocabulary has been established to ensure a standardized use of vocabulary across all groups developing publications and to avoid misunderstandings, the group will work on JTC 1 vocabulary and address concepts and terminology across subcommittees and advisory groups.

It will make recommendations concerning maintenance of ISO/IEC 2382 series vocabulary standards and JTC1 related terms contained in the ISO Online Browsing Platform (OBP). The group will provide an introductory route map and best practice guide for JTC 1 standards and standing documents relating to concepts, language, vocabulary and definitions.

The group will also identify inconsistencies and conflicts between terms and definitions in JTC 1 projects, and provide advice, help and guidance to JTC 1 management, editors and convenors on concepts, terminology and definitions and report to plenaries.

Other JTC 1 advisory groups also continue to study and develop strategies in specific technical areas such as Meta reference architecture, Brain computing interface and Use cases relating to VR and AR based ICT integration.

JTC 1 is also delighted to reappointment Phil Wennblom as the JTC 1 Chair for another 3-year term.