NIST/Metric Program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), was established by Congress in 1901 to support industry, commerce, scientific institutions, and all branches of Government. It is part of the Department of Commerce.

A NIST article (no longer available), Toward a Metric America, contained the following concluding paragraph:

The current effort toward national metrication is based on the conclusion that industrial and commercial productivity, mathematics and science education, and the competitiveness of American products and services in world markets will be enhanced by completing the change to the metric system of units. Failure to complete the change will increasingly handicap the Nation's industry and economy.


NIST Web Site

Click on the logo, below, to visit the NIST web site. It will open in a new browser window.

Download Interpretation of SI from NIST Web Site


NIST/Metric Program Conference Exhibits

NIST/Metric Program used to have information booths at various conferences and events. Because of funding limitations, this practice was discontinued.


Other NIST/Metric Program links may be added to this page. In the meantime, some of the other sections contain links to NIST pages. Three of NIST's documents are available in the Downloadable SI Documents section.

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