About the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA)
OSTA was incorporated as an international trade association in 1992 to promote
the use of recordable optical technologies and products. The organization’s
membership includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three continents,
representing more than 85 percent of worldwide writable optical product shipments.
They work to shape the future of the industry through regular meetings of Commercial
Optical Storage Applications (COSA), DVD Compatibility, Marketing, MPV (MusicPhotoVideo),
UDF committees, and a new adhoc Blue Laser committee. Interested companies worldwide
are invited to join the organization and participate in its committees and programs.
Commercial Optical Storage Applications Committee
The COSA Committee is committed to being the global authority and information
repository on optical data archival systems, applications, and solutions for
regulatory markets that dictate long-term storage in a non-alterable format.
DVD Compatibility Committee
This OSTA Committee has established a joint DVD compatibility testing initiative
with the DVD Association (DVDA), and the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST). The three organizations are participating in a joint DVD compatibility
testing initiative to provide an independent, objective reference source for
compatibility information on recordable DVD technology.
The MPV Committee is dedicated to developing a standard for exchanging and playing
collections of digital music, photos, and videos among consumer electronics devices
and PCs on CDs, DVDs, memory cards, hard disks, home networks, and across the
Optical Disc Archive (ODAT) Committee
OSTA’s, Optical Disc Archive Test (ODAT) committee addresses end user needs calling for established practices in media archive life testing and classification. The committee has two working groups: WG1 will address Specification Technical Development, while WG-2 will focus on Business Development & Implementation. Committee goals are to drive product quality to higher levels; achieve recognition and implementation of the specification as a standard; support the emergence of Archival Grade Media; create a marketable value-add for optical products – product differentiation based on archival grade; and support manufacturers marketing of optical disc vs tape or hard disk drives as the archival media of choice.
Universal Disk Format (UDF) Committee
The UDF Committee is dedicated to the on-going development of the specification
Universal Disk Format, a file system defined by OSTA. This specification, fully
compliant with the ISO 13346 standard, is intended for developers who intend
to implement UDF to enable file interchange among different operating systems.