The SNV spoke to Urs Fischer, CEO of the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV), for the series "The complex world of standards simply explained". With his stories and wealth of experience, he proves once again that standardization work is lively and sometimes less complicated than you might think. We also provide a deeper insight into the world of standardization with impressive and surprising figures.
How do you explain the complex world of standardization simply to outsiders?
Urs Fischer: I use musical notes as an example. They are a convention and function like a standard. Sheet music is the language for all musicians and guarantees that a piece sounds identical every time. They are also interoperable: they work everywhere in the world, regardless of which musical instrument is used to play them.
Where do you come into contact with standards in everyday life?