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Below is a growing list of organizations, standards and specifications that are relevant to governance authors. Please let us know of others you’d like to suggest.

Standards Bodies

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. ISO has 163 member countries,the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Governance authors should be especially interested in the work of ISO technical Committee 37: Terminology and other language and content resources, which has published 44 standards, including:

  • ISO 704:2009 Terminology work – Principles and methods
  • ISO 860:2007 Terminology work – Harmonization of concepts and terms
  • ISO 1087-1:2000 Terminology work – Vocabulary – Part 1: Theory and application
  • ISO 22274:2013 Concept-related aspects for developing and internationalizing classification systems
  • ISO 30042:2008 Systems to manage terminology, knowledge and content — TermBase eXchange (TBX)

Note that payment is required for copies of ISO standards

Industry Specifications and Best Practices

Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC)

The Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council is a not-for-profit trade association founded by the financial industry to elevate data management as a business and operational priority. The Council is working with the Object Management Group to develop and make available the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO™) as the open industry “common language” for defining the terms, facts and relationships associated with financial contracts.

EDM Council specifications especially relevant to governance authors are:

 Object Management Group (OMG)

The Object Management Group® (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit standardization consortium. OMG members work in task forces to develop specifications which become de-facto standards when adopted by industry.
OMG has a Class-A liaison with ISO for Publicly Available Specification (PAS) submission – ISO’s fast track process for approval as official standards. OMG has more than 200 specifications, of which 10 have been adopted by ISO.
Most of OMG’s specifications are oriented to technology and/or information systems. Those of interest to governance authors include:

The Date-Time Vocabulary (DTV) is largely technical. Annex C provides a business-facing vocabulary.

Society for Technical Communication (STC)

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication and has members in almost 50 countries.

Technical communicators research and create information about technical processes or products directed to a targeted audience. For example, they communicate about technical or specialized topics, such as medical procedures,  environmental regulations, or computer applications. They communicate by using a range of technology and media.

The Society, its geographic Chapters, and its Special Interest Groups (SIGs) produce a wide array of educational events throughout the year designed to advance the knowledge of members and promote technical communication education globally.

Terminology for Large Organizations (TerminOrgs)

Terminology for Large Organizations is a consortium of terminologists who promote terminology management as an essential part of corporate identity, content development, content management, and global communications in large organizations. Its mission is to:

  • Provide guidelines and best practices for terminology management.
  • Raise awareness about the role of terminology for effective internal and external communications, knowledge transfer, education, risk mitigation, content management, translation and global market presence, particularly in large organizations.
  • Represent stakeholders of terminology standards and tools.
  • Determine and promote the economic value of managing terminology.

International Network for Terminology (TermNet)

The International Network for Terminology provides an international co-operation forum for organisations, who want to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a global network.

TermNet was founded on the initiative of UNESCO, with the aim to establish a network for co-operation in the field of terminology. In 1988, TermNet was registered as a non-profit organization being allowed commercial activities for the benefit of its members.

LinkedIn groups

LinkedIn Groups that may be of interest to governance authors include:


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page updated 10 April 2015