>Just in case anyone wants to know, "ASIS" is >an ambiguous term: > >The Ada Semantic Interface Specification >(http://www.acm.org/sigada/WG/asiswg/asiswg.html) >is an ISO standard (now version 2.0) for an API >used to build tools. > >The American Society for Information Science >(http://www.asis.org) is obviously a society > >The Application Software Installation Server >(http://wwwinfo.cern.ch/pdp/ose/asis/) is >apparently a tool. >Which ASIS is "standard" ? :-) :-) Australian Security Intelligence Service. Not to be confused with ASIO - Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. The former is sorta kinda like the CIA (spying and external counter-intelligence), the latter sorta kinda like parts of the FBI (domestic counter-intelligence). Everyone knows of ASIO, few know of ASIS, DSD or DIO, just like many know of the FBI and CIA but few know of the NSA or DIA. (And a big hello to the guys at Echelon - my guess is there's enough meaningful alphabet soup in this posting to warrant a human review).