WG 9 Big Data

Revision March 2017

Establishment of WG 9 Big Data

2014-11, ISO/IEC JTC 1 27th Plenary in Abu Dhabi, UAE

JTC 1 established JTC 1/WG 9 on Big Data reporting directly to JTC 1.  JTC 1 appointed Mr. Wo Chang to serve as Convenor of the JTC 1/WG 9.


In JTC 1 Plenary 2014, JTC 1/WG 9 has been established with the following Terms of Reference:

  1. Serve as the focus of and proponent for JTC 1’s Big Data standardization program.
  2. Develop foundational standards for Big Data —including reference architecture and vocabulary standards—for guiding Big Data efforts throughout JTC 1 upon which other standards can be developed.
  3. Develop other Big Data standards that build on the foundational standards when relevant JTC 1 subgroups that could address these standards do not exist or are unable to develop them.
  4. Identify gaps in Big Data standardization.
  5. Develop and maintain liaisons with all relevant JTC 1 entities as well as with any other JTC 1 subgroup that may propose work related to Big Data in the future.
  6. Identify JTC 1 (and other organization) entities that are developing standards and related material that contribute to Big Data, and where appropriate, investigate ongoing and potential new work that contributes to Big Data.
  7. Engage with the community outside of JTC 1 to grow the awareness of and encourage engagement in JTC 1 Big Data standardization efforts within JTC 1, forming liaisons as is needed.

Establishment of Study Group on Big Data

2013-11, ISO/IEC JTC 1 26th Plenary in Palais des Congrès, Perros-Guirec, France

JTC 1 established a Study Group on Big Data for consideration of Big Data activities across all of JTC 1. JTC 1 appointed Mr. Wo Chang as the Convenor of the Study Group.


In JTC 1 Plenary 2013, JTC 1 Study Group on Big Data has been established with the following Terms of Reference:

  1. Survey the existing ICT landscape for key technologies and relevant standards /models/studies /use cases and
  2. scenarios for Big Data from JTC 1, ISO, IEC and other standards setting organizations,
  3. Identify key terms and definitions commonly used in the area of Big Data,
  4. Assess the current status of Big Data standardization market requirements, identify standards gaps, and
  5. propose standardization priorities to serve as a basis for future JTC 1 work, and
  6. Provide a report with recommendations and other potential deliverables to the 2014 JTC 1 Plenary.

The Study Group on Big Data produced the report within a year and the document is available at the ISO website http://www.iso.org/iso/big_data_report-jtc1.pdf 


Convenor Mr. Wo Chang
Secretary Ms. Sally Seitz

Ms. Jennifer Garner (Inception – July 2016)

Technical Programme Manager Mr. Henry Cuschieri


Technical Work

  • ISO/IEC 20546 Information technology – Big data – Overview and vocabulary
  • ISO/IEC 20547 Information Technology – Big data Reference architecture (5 Parts)
    • Part 1: (TR) Framework and Application Process
    • Part 2: (TR) Use Cases and Derived Requirements
    • Part 3: (IS) Reference Architecture
    • Part 4: (IS) Security and Privacy Fabric (under SC 27/WG 4/5)
    • Part 5: (TR) Standards Roadmap


JTC 1/WG 9 established liaisons with 11 ISO, IEC and JTC 1 internal entities and 2 external entities as 2016.


  • 1st F2F meeting: 7 – 9 April 2015, Bremen, Germany
  • 2nd F2F meeting: 7 – 9 July 2015, Ciudad Real, Spain
  • 3rd F2F meeting: 1 – 4 December, Brasilia, Brazil
  • 4th F2F meeting: 8 – 11 March, Dublin, Ireland
    • 1st IWBDS (full day): 16 speakers, 50+ attendees
  • 5th F2F meeting: 12 – 15 July 2015, Beijing, China
    • 2nd IWBDS (half day): 8 speakers, 80+ attendees
  • 6th F2F meeting: 29 Nov. – 2 Dec. 2016, Virginia, US
    • 3rd IWBDS (half day): 8 speakers, 20+ attendees

Note: IWBDS – International Workshop in Big Data Standards