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Measurement is the quantification of attributes of an object or event, which can be used to compare with other objects or events. In other words, measurement is a process of determining how large or small a physical quantity is as compared to a basic reference quantity of the same kind. The scope and application of measurement are dependent on the context and discipline. In 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

The World Calendar Association - International / Ellinwood KS, USA / Est. 1947
Euro-Asian Cooperation of National Metrological Institutions / Minsk, Belarus / Est. 1991
EuroAsian Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification / Minsk, Belarus / Est. 1992
International Committee for Historical Metrology / Leipzig, Germany / Est. 1975
African Committee of Metrology / Angers, France / Est. 2005
International Commission on Stratigraphy / Cambridge, UK
European Working Group for Dendrochronology
International Institution for the History of Surveying and Measurement / Petersfield, UK / Est. 1998
Europt(r)ode / Madrid, Spain / Est. 1991
Inter-American Metrology System / Montevideo, Uruguay / Est. 1979
Greenwich Mean Time / London, UK / Est. 1884
NoBoMet / Dordrecht, Netherlands / Est. 2011
Intra-Africa Metrology System / Pretoria, South Africa / Est. 2006
Permanent International Bureau for the Perfecting of Timekeeping in Sport / Est. 1921
International Association of Chronometry
International Fixed Calendar League / Est. 1922
International Tonnage Stabilization Association / Est. 1962
European Computer Measurement Association
Euro-Mediterranean Legal Metrology Forum / Est. 1999
Standardization and Metrology Organization for Gulf Cooperation Council Countries / Est. 1982
World Calendar Association / Est. 1930
International Basimetric Society / Est. 1958
International Measurement Association / Est. 2001
Performance Management Association / Cranfield, UK / Est. 1998
Arab Federation for Metrology / Est. 2007
International 11 Metre One-Design Class Association / Est. 1978
International One Metre International Class Association / Est. 2002
International Society of Antique Scale Collectors / Est. 1976
Antiquarian Horological Society / Wadhurst, UK / Est. 1953
European Colloquium on Geo-Chronology, Cosmo-Chronology and Isotope Geology / Jerusalem, Israel
International Conference on Information Integration Theory and Functional Measurement
Metre Convention / Est. 1875
Convention for a Uniform System of Tonnage Measurement of Ships / Est. 1947
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
Convention Relative to the Monetary System, Customs, Weights and Measures, Fiscal Laws, International Trade and the Consular Service / Est. 1909
Convention on Road Traffic Concerning the Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles Permitted to Travel on Certain Roads / Est. 1950
Convention for the Unification of Weights and Measures / Est. 1910
Convention on the Measurement of Inland Navigation Vessels / Est. 1966
International Convergence of Capital Measurement and Capital Standards / Est. 1988
Convention for the Regulation of the Meshes of Fishing Nets and the Size Limits of Fish / Est. 1946
Convention Concerning the Maximum Permissible Weight to be Carried by One Worker / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1967
Convention Concerning the Marking of the Weight on Heavy Packages Transported by Vessels / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1929
Convention Regarding the Measurement of Vessels Employed in Inland Navigation / Est. 1925
Supplementary Arrangement Respecting the Measurement of the Tonnage of Vessels in Inland Navigation / Est. 1908
Samarbetsforum för Nordisk Metrologi - Mätteknik / Kjeller, Norway / Est. 1974
Benelux Group of Computer Measurement
WECC Calibration Agreement Group / Est. 1990
Global Equity Gauge Alliance / Durban, South Africa
Commonwealth-India Metrology Centre / Delhi, India

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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
Accidental military incidents
Outdated school materials
Animal stress in factory farming
Inadequacy and insensitivity of intelligence testing
Genetic defects and diseases
Errors in medical testing
Acquaintance rape
Incorrect information
Distortion of international trade by discriminatory requirements with respect to product standards and measures

Action Strategies relating to Measurement

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Monitoring urban-industrial air pollution
Improving time-keeping
Controlling weight
Researching priorities
Fostering small business
Measuring sustainability
Developing health indicators
Improving environmental health monitoring
Providing maps
Improving earnings of workers
Admitting policy errors
Providing accurate civic information
Managing biogeographic units
Establishing national government NGO departments
Weighing evidence
Monitoring progress on integrating environment and development goals
Measuring biodiversity loss
Measuring the internet economy
Adopting measurement standards
Standardizing weights, measures and numbering systems
Condemning religious errors
Reforming the calendar
Researching environmental indicators
Allowing regulated distribution rate
Developing criteria and indicators for biodiversity investment

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