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There seems to be a number of different so-called "standards" bodies interacting and/or competing with each other. For example, RFC 3629 references ISO/IEC 10646 and appears to be governed by the IETF, but no mention is made of IEEE, which has also documented programming terminology and standards.

I'm looking for something like:

The Internet Ecosystem http://www.isoc.org/pubpolpillar/docs/factsheet_ecosystem_20090310.pdf

but less specific to the Internet, and more so to computing.

Questions a good resource(s) might answer are:

Which orgs are at odds with one another or have come about to fill a need not provided by the other?

Which book(s), blog post (or series of blog posts), or some other document that defines the relations ship between the organizations and acronyms?

I'm looking for a source or list of sources that might help me understand the history, authority, and importance of these organizations and standards in relation to one another. A good answer might include a link to get me going in the right direction or even just a list of sources that help me put the pieces together.

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This is huge area (I think). Would it not be better to sharpen the focus of the question to a specific topic or area? –  Loki Astari Oct 31 '11 at 4:00
@LokiAstari I'm on sure what part to sharpen, but I'm open to suggestions! So far in my research there does seem to be a need for an org chart to help explain standards orgs and there relationships somewhat at isoc.org/pubpolpillar/docs/factsheet_ecosystem_20090310.pdf I'm looking for something like that but more in the vein of a historical document or book that documents any crossover between orgs. –  mkelley33 Oct 31 '11 at 23:03

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Wikipedia is a great reference for technical topics. Unlike politics etc., the technical topics are generally well-written and reliable. Start with Standards organizations, then check out International Organization for Standardization, International Telecommunication Union, Internet Engineering Task Force, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and American National Standards Institute

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Thank you! I use wikipedia quite often, and I agree that its a great reference and usually very thorough and accurate, but I'm attempting to find maybe good history book or some such document that might help tie together (or divide) the various standards bodies. I've read bits and pieces of documents by all of the organizations you've mentioned except for the ITU. Thank you for taking the time to list the links with a starting point. Sometimes its hard to know where to start! –  mkelley33 Nov 1 '11 at 0:12
For an extremely opinionated (and less historical) view by an Internet pioneer, consider Carl Malamud's "Exploring the Internet; A Technical Travelogue". –  Ross Patterson Nov 1 '11 at 10:56

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) has a document titled "Guidance for ISO liaison organizations" that explains how joint work with external organisations (from the perspective of ISO) is supposed to be managed, in terms of consensus building and decision making. You can download the document here.

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Thanks for the response, but I'm trying to find something in the way of a text book or historical document that mostly broadly covers the relationships, politics, founding, and, most importantly, interaction between organizations writing and defining standards over say the past 30-40 years or so. This may be asking a bit much, but I think it would be an interesting read to see analysis, contrast, and comparison between similar and differing approaches to standardization. –  mkelley33 Nov 1 '11 at 0:18

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