In October 1997, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated an effort to increase the visibility of software usability. Cooperating in the IUSR project are prominent suppliers of software and representatives from large consumer organizations. The goals of the initiative are:
- Encourage software suppliers and consumer organizations to work together to understand user needs and tasks.
- Develop a common usability reporting format for sharing usability data with consumer organizations.
- Conduct a pilot trial to determine how well the usability reporting format works and to determine the value of using this format in software procurement.
This site provides an overview of the project, who is involved and white papers on progress to date. Further, there is a common industry format template and guideline for conduction and reporting on usability assessments.