Online standards development: working collaboratively to shape the world of tomorrow

This page contains information on the project vision and its advancement. It will be updated regularly with the latest news, key features as they are implemented and feedback from our pilot working groups. 

Pilot working groups can find all available support materials  such as training videos, Q&A sessions and link to the Online Standards Authoring knowledge base on the Resources for pilot working group page.


Latest News

Step 1: Online Standard authoring Pilot launch!

On October 12 2020, pilot working groups representing work carried out for IEC and ISO started using the new online standards authoring editor to draft their standards. Close to 140 experts will now be using the editor to efficiently create and revise standards collaboratively.

A list of working groups taking part in the pilot can be found here.

Project information

Vision and implementation roadmap

The online standards authoring project aims at creating an online environment for standards developers in which they can work efficiently and collaboratively, and lay the foundation for new value-added products and services for the world of tomorrow.

This video gives you an overview of the project vision and implementation roadmap (6 mins)


Why change?

The tools we use today to draft standards have remained unchanged from those used many decades ago. To continue to publish standards in time for the needs of tomorrow we need:

  • More organized and efficient collaborative work from the start of the standards authoring process
  • Improved/streamlined content quality at the early stages of standard development 
  • Enhanced overall quality of content 
  • Facilitated commenting and final compilation of resolutions
  • A content development system based on Standards (i.e. NISO STS) 
  • Harmonized IEC/ISO standards development and processes 


Why take part in the pilot step 1: Online Standards authoring?

Watch the new Online Standards Authoring editor as it is being built under your very eyes! By taking part in the pilot, you can help us shape and define a forward-looking, state of the art Standards Development environment which will be used by standards authors around the world.

In your role as Online Standards Authoring pilot group, your focus will be on authoring and collaboration features of the editor. We will be asking you for regular feedback on the authoring environment and suggestions for enhancements and improvements. Results from this feedback will allow us to assess the new editor in a quantitative and qualitative way.  In addition, monthly Q&A and feedback zoom sessions will be available. The Q&A sessions will allow you to freely ask your questions regarding Online Standards Authoring and provide feedback to the project team.

Resources for pilot working groups

Pilot working groups should refer to the "Resources for pilot working groups webpage"


For close to 2 years, IEC and ISO project teams worked hand in hand with their respective reference groups of authors to get to this first version of the online standards authoring editor. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many members of the reference groups for their time and dedication in making the editor what it is today.

In their last review of the editor in September 2020, here are some of their comments:

"Super tool to use even for a non-editor, super friendly to play with the document, interactive. It will help a lot all experts writing our standards. Well done!"

"Everything updates quickly and efficiently, I didn't have to use the knowledge base, because after a while I found the functionality"

"Everything worked well, adding references and cross-references is a very nice feature."

"Very simple to write in the document in compliance with the structure. What time-saver!"

"I loved it; I was like a child in a sweetshop as I tried out a lot of things and the majority of those functionalities worked well for me."


Video - Key features


Q: Where can I find a full list of Pilot Working Groups taking part in the pilot?
A: The ISO pilot working group and project can be found here. The IEC, CENCENLEC list will be available shortly.

Q: On October 12 2020, will I be able to use the Online Standards Authoring environment for the Committee, Enquiry and Approval stages of a standard?
A: The first version of the editor (step 1) supports the preparatory (WD) stage only.

Q: Can I use the Online Standards Authoring editor to collect and resolve Members comments?
A: Member commenting will be implemented in the next pilot (step 2), however, in the meantime,  it will be possible to have experts comment directly in the working draft.

Q: How can I join the pilot?
A: Please contact the organisation under which your work is being, or is going to be, carried out.

Q: Is the Online Standards Authoring environment the same for IEC, ISO and CEN/CENELEC?
A: Yes, the authoring environment is now the same. All 4 organizations have worked to harmonize their implementation of NISO STS.

Q: I want to know more about the project, who should I contact?
A: IEC: Anja Bielfeld; ISO: Patrice Canonne ; CEN/CENELEC: Claire Dalier

Help and support >

Online Authoring knowledge base

The Online Standards Authoring Knowledge Base provides supporting material for Online Standards Authoring environment. We suggest you bookmark this page in order to keep up to date on the content.

Knowledge base for ISO DocumentsNOTE: the information found here can also be found directly from Online Standards Authoring by clicking on the help beacon.

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