ISO is the International Organization for Standardization, based in Geneva Switzerland1. You may have heard of ISO 9000/9001 certification, which covers general quality management systems, but there are many more ISO standards – more than 10,000 total standards available at the time of this writing (September 2013), covering everything from IT systems configuration to milk production to statistical methods.2
A bummer, to me at least, is that the standards are not free, and they are not cheap. Copies of standards in electronic (PDF) or paper form can be purchased from the ISO website (store.iso.org) in Swiss Francs, or from ANSI3 or IEST4 in American Dollars. The 18 page ISO 14644-1 will cost you around $100. Note that the copy is for individual use only, not to be shared. Needless to say, to get yourself a complete set of ISO standards would cost you a pretty penny. Continue reading ISO 14644 – What it is.