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Island of Sans Sariffe

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Collecting maps is one of my hobbies.  I’ve always loved how people view the world in years gone by and how they tried to represent their views on paper.  There’s a very intersting site, Strangemaps.com, which highlights the various miscellany of maps and geographical display.  Earlier this month, the site highlighted the great semi-colonial state San Serriffe, one of the great April Fool’s Day pranks by the Guardian newspaper in the UK.  Those of you in the publishing world might find this amusing for the references to typography.  Others in our community focused on the issue of country codes might also find a place for this island nation in ISO 3166.

 Island of San Seriffe 

More about the history of San Serriffe can be found here on the Museum of Hoaxes website.

ISO names Robert Steele as new Secretary General

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

ISO has announced the appointment of a new Secretary General.  Below is the press release we received. 


New ISO Secretary-General as of 1 January 2009

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) will have a new Secretary-General from 1 January 2009. He is Mr. Robert Steele who was appointed by the ISO Council at its meeting in Dubai on 17 October 2008, following the 31st ISO General Assembly.

Last March, the ISO Council initiated the process to select a new Secretary-General for the organization after the current Secretary-General, Mr. Alan Bryden, indicated that he was at the Council’s disposal to enable a smooth transition to a successor so that the latter would be in office from the launching next year of the consultations relating to the new ISO Strategic Plan.

MORE: http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1168