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each track coordinates early implementation efforts and provides feedback to the technical committee. The technical committee is responsible for product development, which it then delivers to the management committee for final approval. This organizational structure isolates technical issues from management issues and allows a better overall progression of product development. It also isolates the board of directors from each project track.

The IITF is positioned to help OGC succeed by encouraging key NII-building companies to participate in OGC's efforts. Clearly, the technology policy mission of the IITF is perfectly aligned with the mission of OGC. But OGC also offers the IITF a higher-level benefit: the opportunity to observe and evaluate a state-of-the-art consortium that may be the forerunner of tomorrow's technology policy planning bodies. The continuing acceleration of technological change forces a new, more anticipatory and proactive approach to technology policy planning, an approach based on community-wide discussion of objectives followed by development of standards that channel vendors' efforts in agreed-upon directions.

References

Committee on Applications and Technology, Information Infrastructure Task Force. 1994. The Information infrastructure: Reaching Society's Goals. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., September.

National Institute of Standards and Technology. 1994. Putting the Information Infrastructure to Work: A Report of the Information Infrastructure Task Force Committee on Applications and Technology. SP857. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md., May.



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