- Establish innovative standardization.
- Rethink and adapt processes that affect the technical infrastructure and the organization of standardization from a digital perspective. The aim here is to test and introduce new technical infrastructures and technologies, to make processes more efficient and digital, and to make the organization as a whole more efficient and collaborative.
- Develop new products and services in the standardization environment.
- Make standardization results available to experts and users in a user-friendly, fast and high-quality manner.
Standardization 2020 programme
Whether retailers, telecommunications providers, media or industrial companies: Institutions and companies worldwide and across all industries are undergoing a digital transformation process.
This process is also taking place in standardization. Both the information technology possibilities and the expectations of experts and users are changing.
The Standardization 2020 programme pursued the goal of making electrotechnical standardization future-proof in the digital transformation. Standardization processes have been made more digital through the introduction of new software. New product developments should make it easier to access the content of standards.
The programme was successfully completed following the development and implementation of various projects (see below). Standardization 2020 laid the foundation for a more far-reaching digital strategy.
Goals and motivation
Projects in the standardization 2020 programme
The VDE DKE Digital Twin project carries the developments of Industry 4.0 and digitalization into standardization. For example, conformity to standards can be pre-checked using the digital model of a real product – its digital twin. To this end, machine-readable standards will facilitate the early and cost-effective identification of conformity problems, reveal causes for revision at an early stage and save time during testing.
There are many process steps and media discontinuities in the current system for drafting standards. Documents are repeatedly sent, processed and forwarded by e-mail. Comment tables are created, sent, consolidated, re-sent, discussed and incorporated into other documents. The many process steps cause long processing and waiting periods. Is this the future of standardization?
Content Management System
We are changing the production of standards over to XML (Extensible Markup Language). This enables experts and standards users to use the content flexibly and with no media discontinuity. A prerequisite for the switchover is the introduction of an XML-based content management system.
We translate international and European standards from English into German for users of standards in Germany. In the translation management project, we use a database that stores translated and approved texts in both languages so that the content can be reused in similar or different contexts. This raises the efficiency of our extensive translation projects. The quality of the texts is improved through the use of consistent terminology.
On the way to digital standardization
In addition to politics, science and business, the digital transformation is also a forward-looking factor in standardization: digital norms are an essential part of its strategy for the future.
The DKE Standardization 2020 programme initiated at the IEC General Meeting in 2016 attracted worldwide attention. The results of this successful programme have been incorporated into the DKE digital strategy.
The vision: In order for norms to increasingly shape digital processes, norm contents must be machine-usable and interpretable. With the IDiS initiative - the network group for digital transformation at DKE - DKE is making a significant contribution to advancing the digitization of standardization and preparing the way for digital norms.