Today is World Standards Day. Except in the USA where they decided to celebrate it on a different day to the rest of the world
Almost seven decades on and America hasn’t quite caught on to the irony that they celebrate World Standards Day 10 days later than the rest of the world. Or is it 355 days earlier?
The day marks the point at which, in the shadow of World War II, a group of 25 countries came together with the aim of defining a set of global standards designed to bring uniformity to otherwise imbalanced information, research and economic relationships.
World Standards Day is a celebration of the hundreds of engineering and scientific standards from which we all benefit - everything from the length of a meter to the two-letter country code system.
In the aftermath of war, finding common ground in a multi-polar world was a key issue, and although the ISO was formed in 1947, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first World Standards Day was celebrated.
While it has the potential to sound like a celebration of red tape, the sharing of data and the promotion of global standards encourages growth, and has the potential to significantly enhance the pace of the advancement of the human race.
So today marks something ambitious and necessary. Happy World Standards Day!