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Development process of CiA documents

Usually, it starts with a request, a so-called New Work Item Proposal (NWIP). Then, CiA administration calls for experts. When there are more than three CiA members supporting the request, a NWI is accepted and will be assigned to one of the existing CiA technical groups or a new one will be established by means of an inaugural meeting.

When the initiators of the NWI have not provided a Work Draft Proposal (WDP), the responsible CiA technical group develops a first Work Draft (WD). WDs are commented and reviewed in an iterative process until a Final Work Draft (FWD) has been agreed. This FWD moves to a Draft Standard Proposal (DSP). This DSP is released as an official CiA internal document. It is intended that interested parties implement it for evaluation purposes and to prove its practicality. Normally, after one year, the DSP will be reviewed, changed, and enhanced depending on the made experiences. The next level is the submission to the related Interest Group for approval. After approval, the document will be released as Draft Standard (DS). It is still distributed only to CiA members and will be reviewed systematically all three years.

On request of CiA technical groups or CiA members, the Technical Committee can release any document as public CiA document. This procedure is valid for CiA specifications, CiA recommendations, CiA application notes, CiA implementation and user guidelines as well as other technical documents.

To contribute is easy!

All CiA members may participate in any technical group developing documents. You go the face-to-face meetings or join the Webex/telephone conferences. All upcoming meetings are listed on CiA’s homepage. For more information you may contact CiA office (secretary(at)can-cia.org).

You are also invited to send comments on already released documents, in order to improve them. The comment form can be downloaded here.

Propose new work items

If you see a need to specify something jointly, contact Reiner Zitzmann (zitzmann(at)can-cia.org) to initiate a new work item proposal (NWIP). This will be distributed to all members. When there are in minimum three interested parties we can start to work on this new work item. Sometimes CiA office organizes a workshop before so that everyone can get a better understanding on the proposed new work item’s background.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligent.

Henry Ford (1863-1947), carmaker  

Join the community!

Established in March 1992, the CiA nonprofit association fosters the image of CAN technology. CiA members jointly develop specifications for different CAN application fields. The CAN community also finances CiA’s active participation in international standardization and organizes events in order to exchange knowledge and experiences. These opportunities for networking belong to the most important benefits of CiA membership

CiA also offers other services. These include seminars and conferences, publications, CANopen testing, and last but not least the promotion of CAN technology.

For more information please contact CiA office (headquarters(at)can-cia.org).