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The ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies with representatives from over 100 countries. It is a nongovernmental organization established in 1947 with a mission to promote the development of worldwide standards that promote the international exchange of goods and services, and to develop cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological, and economic activity.

Of interest is the OSI reference model, which the ISO maintains. The OSI model is described under "OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) Model." It promotes open networking environments that let multivendor computer systems communicate with one another using protocols that have been accepted internationally by ISO members.

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