Recommendations, guidelines, rules and standards

Rules, standards, regulations and guidelines are documents that collate the methodological and technical specifications resulting from experience with or the development of a technology or activity.

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There are international agencies that collate and publish standards that various professionals sectors voluntary adopt as a rule.

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It is responsible for drafting Spanish technical standards (UNE). Multidisciplinary scope.
ISO - International Standards Organization
It is responsible for drafting the ISO standards. Multidisciplinary scope.
CEN - European Committee for Standardization
Organization whose mission is to promote the European economy.
Global Standards Information - NIST
Website of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
OASIS - Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
It fosters the development and adoption of open standards for the information society.

Computing and engineering

Standards Dictionary - IEEE Explore
It offers full-text access standards published by the IEEE/IEE since 1988.
IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission
Standards organization in the electrical and electronics fields.
International Telecommunication Union - ITU
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
Leading standards organization of the World Wide Web (WWW).
Ecma International
Association working in information and communication systems standards.
List of computer standards - Wikipedia
List of computer and software standards.

Information, documentation and communication

IFLA Standards
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Standards.
Col·legi Oficial de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de Catalunya. Normativa
Standards and regulations of the Official College of Librarians and Documentalists of Catalonia (COBDC).
ALA Standards & Guidelines
Standards and guidelines of the American Library Association (ALA).
The International ISBN Agency
It is responsible for managing the International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
ISAN - International Standard Audiovisual Number
Website of the International ISAN Agency.
IPTC - International Press Telecommunications Council
Consortium that brings together the leading news agencies and communication businesses.


ICOM - International Council of Museums
It sets the professional rules and the standards of excellence of the international museum community.

Documentation (reports, regulations, studies, etc.) related to design as a profession.


Psychological tests
Collection of psychology tests and manuals, and also access a selection of electronic journals on the subject.


AQU - Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya
Agency devoted to the promotion and assessment of quality in the Catalan university system.
ENQA - European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
It promotes European cooperation in the field of quality assessment and assurance in higher education.


IPA - International Phonetic Association
Its principal contribution has been to create the international phonetic alphabet (IPA).

Business and economics

IFRS Foundation
Its principal objective is the promotion of the International Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards.
IAS IFRS Standards and Interpretations - European Commission
Website about International Financial Reporting Standards and International Accounting Standards.
CE marking: product requirements
Requirements of products and goods so that they can be sold in the European Union.
Standards Portal - ANSI
Information about the standards of various countries relating to international trade.
EFQM - European Foundation for Quality Management
It created the EFQM Excellence Model, which is the most widely used in Europe.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Resources about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).