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ANSI-Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) holds its first meetingNew York, N.Y., October 5, 2004
Buckyballs, hybrid nanostructures, dendrimers and nanotubes. If these terms sound like the vocabulary of a foreign language, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Even the experts in the field of nanotechnology don’t always agree on what these and many other terms mean in a given context. Approaching how to find a common language within the rapidly expanding realm of nanotechnology was the task at hand during the first meeting of the American National Standards Institute Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) held at the facilities of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD.
Many of the stakeholders in the nanotechnology industry feel that nomenclature is seen as the fundamental building block for progress within this industry. Some definitions do exist now, but there is not always consensus on what they mean. Having a common, and agreed upon, language will be essential to any standardization effort. Some of the critical issues identified during the meeting for developing a nomenclature structure and defining terminology include:
The breakout sessions during the two-day meeting produced a number of recommendations on how to approach developing a nomenclature and terminology structure and the standards that will support the emerging industry. The steering committee of the Panel is refining these recommendations and will be issuing them to the greater standards setting community by early November 2004. The participants also confirmed their support for international cooperation and collaboration and will be considering various approaches to accomplish this.
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