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University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences

University of Pittsburgh

NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program Awardee (2013)


Standards: People, Process, Products and Productivity – Focus on Information Technology Standards

To develop ten modules on technical standards that can be used in the undergraduate or graduate information science curriculum.  The first three modules will provide an introduction to standards, standards setting organizations, and the standards development process; the other seven modules will address select topics spanning a range of disciplines including security standards, web standards, standards for cellular telephony and wireless networks, discussions on standards, big data and data mining.



Information Technology Standards website


Under a 2013 NIST Curricula Development grant, a comprehensive website was developed by several faculty members and graduate students from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh to introduce Information Technology Standards. The site can be seen at Faculty can access the related teaching materials at:

The website provides four kinds of resources:
•    Under "Modules" you will find the primary learning materials that have been put together. This includes powerpoint slides, videos, specialized reading material and exercises to help you learn more about the topic of the module.
•    The "Articles" component provides access to a database of articles on research and scholarship on standards and standards organizations.
•    The "Standards" component provides pointers to standards that are freely available as well as pointers to places where selected standard are available for personal use.
•    The "Resources" component provides additional information on standards organizations, their processes and history. We have also provided some material on other standards you might find of interest.


Michael Spring, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, discusses the importance of standardization, The Academic Minute, August 25, 2015. 

Additionally, a paper was published about this award in the SES Journal and is available here: Standards Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Michael B. Spring, University of Pittsburgh (Nov/Dec 2014). 


The contact for this award is Michael Spring, spring [at]


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This work was performed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Institute of Standards and Technology or the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Created September 12, 2018, Updated May 12, 2023