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Measurement is the assignment of a number to a characteristic of an object or event, which can be compared with other objects or events. The scope and application of measurement are dependent on the context and discipline. In the natural sciences and engineering, measurements do not apply to nominal properties of objects or events, which is consistent with the guidelines of the International vocabulary of metrology published by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. However, in other fields such as statistics as well as the social and behavioural sciences, measurements can have multiple levels, which would include nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio scales.

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Organizations relating to Measurement

International Committee on Measurements and Instrumentation / Kowloon, Hong Kong / Est. 1993
WELMEC - European Cooperation in Legal Metrology / Delft, Netherlands / Est. 1990
Metre Convention / Est. 1875
International Organization of Legal Metrology / Paris, France / Est. 1955
Creation Research / Amherst MA, Australia
International Society of Antique Scale Collectors / Est. 1976
Asia Pacific Metrology Programme / Ibaraki, Japan
International Measurement Confederation / Budapest, Hungary / Est. 1961
The World Calendar Association - International / Ellinwood KS, USA / Est. 1947
International Measurement Association / Est. 2001
International Committee for Historical Metrology / Leipzig, Germany / Est. 1975
International Society of Weighing and Measurement / Germantown MD, USA / Est. 1916
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America / Boston MA, USA / Est. 1982
International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements / Bethesda MD, USA / Est. 1925
Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level / Liverpool, UK / Est. 1933
Convention for a Uniform System of Tonnage Measurement of Ships / Est. 1947
International Symposium on Temperature and Thermal Measurements in Industry and Science
European Association of National Metrology Institutes / Braunschweig, Germany / Est. 2007
Neurootological and Equilibriometric Society / Budapest, Hungary / Est. 1974
Convention Relating to the Tonnage Measurement of Merchant Ships / Est. 1934
Convention Regarding the Measurement and Registration of Vessels Employed in Inland Navigation / Est. 1956
International Organization for Standardization / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1947
Convention Relative to the Monetary System, Customs, Weights and Measures, Fiscal Laws, International Trade and the Consular Service / Est. 1909
Euro-Asian Cooperation of National Metrological Institutions / Moscow, Russia / Est. 1991
Measuring Network of Wind Energy Institutes / Madrid, Spain / Est. 1997

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World Problems relating to Measurement

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Unequal income distribution within countries
Non-compliance of computer equipment to Year 2000 transition
Genetic defects and diseases
Instability of date trade
Distortion of international trade by discriminatory requirements with respect to product standards and measures
Accidental military incidents
Outdated school materials
Animal stress in factory farming
Inadequacy and insensitivity of intelligence testing
Errors in medical testing
Acquaintance rape
Incorrect information

Action Strategies relating to Measurement

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Measuring sustainability
Reforming the calendar
Fostering small business
Researching environmental indicators
Measuring the internet economy

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