|Reference||/Sloane, 2000/ The standards process: Tools and methods for standards tracking and implementation
The figure underneath shows how the standardisation process can allow different routes between need and obsolescence. The different types of standards as outlined by /Moreton, 1995/ are included in the diagram and the different routes and conditions (shown in italic) that lead to the formation of a standard are shown along the transitions from one standard or state to another. |
The different types of standard generally start their development in similar ways but after formulation and specification the paths diverge depending on a number of factors such as: whether the standard is published, whether there is a significant user base for it and other non-technical factors such as its promotion on an international standards committee.
The other major affect on the development of standards is the technology lifecycle which interacts with the standards process throughout the lifecycle of the standard. Indeed, the two cyclic processes are intertwined to the extend that as an standardised technological development reaches a high user base it could trigger the definition of the standard into the de facto are. Similarly, the decline of a technology at the end of its useful life will trigger other developments and push the standards towards obsolescence.
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