|Information Technology Research and Standardization CenteriINSTACjhas accomplished
its goal and was dissolved on March 31,2010.
We appreciate the support and cooperation from everybody since its establishment in July 1985
For continuing operations and follow-up, the "INSTAC group"has been formed as a part of Standards Development Department in Japanese Standards Association.
This group will promote the convergence of INSTAC's activities for two years.
Please note that this web site will not be updated since April 1, 2010.
And the office has been moved from May 1, 2010.
Floor 7, TorayaBuilding, 4-9-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
Tel. +81-3-5770-1572, fax +81-3-5770-1636
Overview of Business
On July 1, 1985, the INformation technology research and STAndardization Center (INSTAC) was established within the Japanese Standards Association (JSA) based on a proposal from a special committee on information technology standards set up within the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), to strengthen the structure for promoting information-technology standards.
The primary business of INSTAC is conducting research regarding the drafting of standards in the field of information technology and preparing draft standards based on the results of this research, as well as conducting business related to these activities.
The research now being conducted by INSTAC in the field of information technology basically complies with long-term plans for promoting industrial standardization formulated by the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee. (The current version is the report of the Committee for Standardization Activities in the 21st Century, formulated on May 29, 2000.) Due to the rapid pace of technological progress in information technology, however, INSTAC drafts annual plans that properly reflect standardization needs and implements these plans.
For this reason, INSTAC established the Strategic Committee for IT Standardization beginning in 2000. This committee considers, from a strategic point of view, such matters as the means of determining and defining standardization topics in the IT field, and the means for promoting standardization activities. Moreover, this committee provides ongoing opportunities to select and determine topics that should be addressed over both short-term and mid-term horizons, and makes related proposals to the national government, industry, and other parties through INSTAC independently or in cooperation with other standardization groups or other parties.
For each research theme, operations proceed based on research periods of roughly three to four years.
The annual schedule is revised as required in consideration of changing needs for standards regarding the themes of research and changes in other topics such as peripheral circumstances.
A research committee (i.e., new committee, subcommittee, working group) is established for each theme, with research being advanced by incorporating the knowledge of specialists serving as committee members. Moreover, personnel sent from major companies in the IT industry are assigned as INSTAC lead researchers to serve as coordinators of the committee's activities.
The resources with which INSTAC conducts its business fall under the special budget for IT standardization research, which consists of government expenses, grants (from the Japan Keirin Association), funding by the industry, and funding by JSA, among others.
In the information processing sector (JIS X), INSTAC is fulfilling its functions as Japan's most prolific institution in terms of the number of draft standards established.
Increasing the ability of industry to formulate standards has been demanded during the course of reviewing the industrial standardization system and revising the Industrial Standardization Law. The role of INSTAC in formulating standards in the IT field reflects these requirements.
Various specialist technical committees have been established within INSTAC to promote its operations.
The INSTAC Policy Board has been set up to supervise major matters concerning INSTAC's operations and answer questions concerning such matters from the JSA Chairman.
Policy Board Chairman: Junji Maeyama, Corporate Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Limited
As a committee under the Policy Board in the INSTAC organizational structure, the Steering Committee has been set up to handle communications and to make arrangements. This committee consists of member companies and institutions, and its meetings are held before those of the Policy Board. It primarily supervises INSTAC business plans, budgeting, and other matters.
This committee is charged with clarifying the overall direction for INSTAC activities, ensuring harmony and cooperation between the activities of each committee, and implementing efficient operations.
Technical Committees are established for each type of theme in the IT field, while maintaining close cooperation with academic institutions, industry, and other parties. These committees conduct operations to promote standardization.
INSTAC, Japanese Standards Association
Floor 8, Akasaka 81Building, 2-13-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014, Japan
Tel. +81-3-3592-1408, fax +81-3-3592-1412
2006@Tamper-resistance Standardization Research Committee, The Activity Report 2003-2006