Adobe joins IT advisory group

Adobe Systems has become an executive board member of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), the U.S. technical advisory group that casts the country's vote for information technology standards.

For years Adobe has been an advocate of open standards administered through organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission, according to an INCIT official.

Now the company will work with existing INCITS members 'to promote the effective use of information and communication technology through standardization in a way that balances the interests of all stakeholders and increases the global competitiveness of the member organizations,' said Karen Higginbottom, INCITS chair and director of standards initiatives with Hewlett-Packard's office of strategy and technology.

Adobe joins the Defense and Homeland Security departments, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and industry representatives such as Apple, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle on the 16-member INCITS executive board.

As the U.S. representative to the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee, 'INCITS executive board members have direct entry into the international standards arena and may participate as voting members of U.S. delegations,' said Lynn Barra, director of INCITS' standards operations.

INCITS has been in the news recently because it cast a ballot to approve Microsoft's OpenXML as a certified ISO specification for creating and viewing electronic documents. However, ISO announced last week that the standard did not receive enough votes for approval.

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