Resources Information Standards Committee (RISC)

The Resources Information Standards Committee (RISC) is responsible for establishing standards for natural and cultural resources inventories, including collection, storage, analysis, interpretation and reporting of inventory data. A number of Government initiatives, including Forest Investment Account and Forest Practices Code, require participants in those initiatives to adhere to RISC standards. These initiatives have come to expect RISC to be the approving body for a range of standards beyond the initial focus of RISC.

Focus to date has been dominantly in the area of standards for field inventory. The range of standards required to deliver an inventory program goes beyond just field inventory and includes discipline standards, field inventory standards, digital data standards, use or interpretation standards, product standards and change management standards. Also important are a group of common standards to be used across all inventory programs to ensure that data can be described, accessed, shared and integrated.

See also Frequently Asked Questions about the Resources Inventory Standards for Archaeology Sites and Culturally Modified Trees: