IST/37 - Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information

MPEG & JPEG are ISO/IEC standardization groups that have enabled huge markets to flourish through their standards. MP3 revolutionised the way music is distributed and enjoyed. MPEG-2 enabled the digital television industry to replace analogue TV, and has facilitated the expansion of satellite and Cable TV. MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) and High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) have also enabled large scale interactive media distribution.

The ISO file format family (“mp4”) has enabled interoperable exchange of media files, while MPEG DASH powers the adaptive and optimised distribution of interactive media. Whilst, JPEG is the most common image format used by digital cameras.

MPEG & JPEG serve not only B2C markets but also B2B content exchange (e.g., between TV studios and surveillance agencies) and consumer-to-consumer communication in all modern smart phones. MPEG & JPEG standards have enabled and continue to enable the creation and development of markets by providing interoperability while giving technology buyers options to choose from.

In its almost 30 years of existence, MPEG & JPEG has gathered an increasing number of the world’s best experts in media technologies and accessed the best and most recent R&D results. Through an extremely thorough and competitive process, MPEG & JPEG have created widely deployed, cross-industry standards that have enabled industries to converge.

Input from the UK into MPEG & JPEG nature and content is provided by the BSI Committee IST/37 with responsibility for mirroring the international work of the ISO/IEC JTC1/ SC29 Sub-Committee on 'Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information' (aka MPEG & JPEG) and representing UK interests in all such work. 

IST/37 has the following Terms of Reference:

  • To act as the UK mirror for ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29 sub-committee on  'Coding of audio, picture, multimedia & hypermedia information', coordinating UK input and disseminating output. 
  • To ensure that UK interests are fully represented and are influential within the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29 work.
  • To formulate a UK strategy for standardization related to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29 through a broad consultation with relevant stakeholders. 
  • To develop and support formal standards and other standardization documents (such as technical reports and guideline documents) in the area of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29 and to promote their use by enabling broadcasters, content and service providers, media equipment manufacturers and telecommunication industries, and anyone in professional and B2B industries dealing with media to offer interoperable products and services.

The committee, chaired by Dr Panos Kudumakis (qMedia, Queen Mary University of London) currently has members from approximately 40 organizations representing industry, academia and government agencies. Additional members from stakeholder groups are always welcomed, and liaisons are maintained with a wide range of interested organizations. IST/37 is always keen to increase its membership in order to have broad representation from all stakeholder groups.

Further enquiries regarding the activities of IST/37 should be addressed to either:

- the Programme Manager, Ms Sophie Erskine or

- the Chair, Dr Panos Kudumakis

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