AC/135 Sponsorship Program recently joined by Albania, Indonesia,
Kuwait, Oman and Ukraine
Picture (click to enlarge) : Chairman of AC/135, Mr Richard Maison of USA and Lt.Col.
Dhimiter KERRI representing National Codification Bureau of Albania,
at the signing ceremony at the 85th meeting of AC/135 Main Group at
NAMSA in Capellen, Luxembourg on 25-27 May 2004.
NATO Codification System continues its expansion through Sponsorship
Programme. More and more countries outside NATO, including
Partnership for Peace (PfP), and Pacific Area nations are using NCS,
whereas others e.g. Mediterranean Dialogue nations are expressing
strong interest in it. Over a period of recent two meetings of NATO
Group of National Directors on Codification, a sponsorship agreement
in the use of NATO Codification System was signed with Albania,
Indonesia, the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, and the Republic of
Ukraine. As for November 2004, there are 25 nations approved for
sponsorship by AC/135, 21 nations at Tier 1 level and 4 at Tier 2.
Two nations including the Republic of Korea and Austria have applied
for Tier 2 status and are in the testing process. A Sponsorship
Programme has notably enhanced NCS’s role in becoming the worldwide
Memorandum of Agreement between AC/135 and ECCMA
Picture (click to enlarge) : Chairman of AC/135, Mr Richard Maison of USA and Mr Peter
Benson of ECCMA, at the signing ceremony during 5 annual Eccma
conference in Battle Creek, USA, on 27 Oct 2004.
AC/135 has been involved in the development of Eccma Open Technical
Dictionaries (eOTD) managed by the Electronic Commerce Code
Management Association (ECCMA) for a few last years. The eOTD is used
by commercial sector to create standardized language independent
descriptions of individuals, organizations, locations, goods and
services using simple attribute-value pairs. Mutual cooperation and
exchange of experience was recently strengthened by signing of
Memorandum of Agreement between AC/135 and ECCMA on 27th October 2004
in Battle Creek, MI, USA, during the 5 ECCMA Annual Conference.
86th meeting of AC/135 Main Group in Brasov, Romania
Picture (click to enlarge) :
Commandant of Joint Logistic Command of Romania Armed Forces,
Maj. Gen. Marin Maciuca with Directors of AC/135, in Brasov Romania,
on 10 Nov 2004.
The Directors of National Codification Bureaux of NATO countries met
recently in Brasov, Romania at their 86th meeting from 9 to 10 Nov
2004. Enjoying the Romanian hospitality and insomnia due to
inescapable Dracula’s apparition, AC/135 Directors had made number of
significant decisions determining future of NATO Codification System.
Based on positive outcome from the feasibility study conducted by
codification specialists, AC/135 endorsed the idea to develop NATO
Total Item Record, which will gather all characteristics data of
items of supply into a single product. The product shall be based on
the Internet technology to benefit of all AC/135 members. The
prototype of NATO TIR combined with implementation costing strategy
will be developed by NAMSA. This will be a significant enhancement in
screening and identification process daily performed by cataloguers.
Furthermore, AC/135 decided to develop a “Smart Codification”
function in a form of a software tool, which will allow the use of
electronic data embodied in ISO10303/STEP files towards fully
described items of supply in NATO Codification System. This project
will also build on the work that AC/135, US and UK NCBs have done
with ECCMA and the eOTD, including the efforts undertaken to gain
recognition as an ISO Standard. The introduction of Smart
Codification function within NCS, will benefit in reducing costs and
increasing efficiency of the codification process. The outcome of
both projects will be presented at 10th Symposium on Codification.
10th International Symposium on Codification
Please mark your calendar and check out forthcoming news at http://www.codification2005.org
Every few years, logisticians, businesses leaders and other
interested individuals from around the world gather to review the
current state of the NCS and discuss its future. The next 10th
International Symposium on Codification will be held in Edinburgh,
UK, from 10 to 13 October 2005. With the theme ‘Codification - the
DNA of Modern Logistics’, symposium will become an unique forum to
describe and explore the key role of Codification in supporting an
effective Supply Chain at every stage from ‘factory to front-line’.
In concert with the developments in International Standards for
Product Data and increasing synergy between Defence and Industry, the
2005 Symposium will be the furthest reaching technical programme to
be held in the series with expected participation of all the NATO
members and key suppliers. Satellite meetings will also be held by
AC/135 and other organisations before and after the Symposium takes
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