Information Technology Research and Standardization Center (INSTAC)

In 1985, the information technology industry and the government (AIST, a part of MITI) joined forces to establish INSTAC (Information Technology Research and Standardization Center) within the Japanese Standard Association (JSA) as they perceived a growing need to strengthen the ability to draft Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) relating to information technology in a more timely manner. 

INSTAC, a non-profit organization, fulfilled the following responsibilities:

  • Conducted research activities in the field of information technology with a view to identify the needs for standardization

  • Drafted JIS in the field of information technology

  • Promoted interchange between various standardization bodies, domestic or overseas, national or regional/international, with a view to smooth exchange and disseminate information

INSTAC XML specifications

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