JTC 1/ SC 32
Title: Data Management and Interchange
Area of Work: Standards for data management within and among local and distributed information
systems environments. SC 32 provides enabling technologies to promote
harmonization of data management facilities across sector-specific areas. Specifically,
SC 32 standards include:
1) reference models and frameworks for the coordination of existing and emerging
2) definition of data domains, data types and data structures, and their associated
3) languages, services and protocols for persistent storage, concurrent access,
concurrent update and interchange of data;
4) methods, languages, services and protocols to structure, organize and register
metadata and other information resources associated with sharing and interoperability,
including electronic commerce.
JTC 1/ SC 32/WG 01
Area of Work: Standardization in the field of generic information technology standards for open
electronic data interchange needed to attain global interoperability among the
information technology systems used by organizations. Such interoperability is viewed
from both business and information technology perspectives.
Within this context the scope includes:
1 methodology and framework for identification and modelling of business activities
through business scenarios and their components, such as roles, information bundles,
and semantic components;
2 identification and specification of formal description techniques for describing
classes of business requirements and their contextual and semantic specifications;
3 identification and specification of formal description techniques for developing
business scenarios and their components;
4 identification and specification of information technology services and service
interfaces for accomplishing business transactions;
5 identification and specification of facilities to manage business scenarios and their
Note: Priority is on work required to support the needs of electronic commerce,
electronic administration, electronic business, etc. The basis of work is the Open-edi
Reference Model (ISO/IEC 14662).
JTC 1/ SC 32/WG 02
Area of Work: To develop and maintain standards that facilitate specification and management of
metadata. Use of these standards will enhance the understanding and sharing of data,
information and processes to support, for example, interoperability, electronic
commerce and component-based development. The scope shall include:
a) a framework for specifying and managing metadata;
b) specification and management of data elements, structures and their associated
c) specification and management of value domains, such as classification and code
d) specification and management of data about processes and behaviour;
e) facilities to manage metadata, for example: data dictionaries, repositories,
information resource dictionary systems, registries and glossaries;
f) facilities to exchange metadata, including its semantics, over the Internet, intranets
and other media.
JTC 1/ SC 32/WG 03
Title: Database Languages
Area of Work: The terms of reference of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC32/WG3 Database Languages are:
1. To develop and maintain languages for the dynamic specification, maintenance and
description of database structures and contents in multi-user environments. The
specifications may include the data type, behaviour and any integrity constraints on the
contents of the defined structures. The specifications may include mechanisms for the
creation and generation of new data types and behaviours so as to support the
specification of other international standards.
2. To provide additional support for the integrity of database systems through
transaction commitment, recovery, and security facilities.
3. To develop and maintain languages which provide for the storage, access and
manipulation of data in database structures by multiple concurrent users. These
languages may be computationally complete and may contain features for the
packaging and storage of modules and procedures in database structures.
4. To provide interfaces for the languages developed to other standard programming
5. To provide interfaces or access to other standards describing data types, behaviour
or database content to users of the languages developed.
JTC 1/ SC 32/WG 04
Title: SQL Multimedia & Application Packages
Area of Work: To specify packages of abstract data types for use in various application areas. Specify
each package of abstract data type definitions using the facilities for user-defined type
provided in the Database Language SQL/Foundation. This should include packages
such as Full-Text, Spatial, Still Image, Still Graphic, Animation, Full Motion Video, Audio,
Seismic, and Music.