Word Metrology Day commemorates the signatures of seventeen nations of the Metre Convention treaty in 1875. The Convention set the basis for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention – the worldwide uniformity of measurement – remains as important today as it was in 1875.
The theme of this year’s World Metrology Day is “Measurements in Daily Life.” How many times a day do you measure something? It can be the time, food, equipment, solutions or fuel for your car.
Not surprisingly, most people are unaware that there exists a worldwide community specializing in metrology which is the science of measurements. Everybody depends on this community to come up with and maintain measurement standards across the board.
Across the world, national metrology institutes continually advance measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at whatever level is needed. They also participate in comparisons coordinated by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) to ensure the reliability of measurement results worldwide.
Many measuring instruments are controlled by law or are subject to regulatory control, for example the scales used to weigh goods in a shop, instruments to measure environmental pollution, or meters used to bill energy. The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) develops international Recommendations, the aim of which is to align and harmonize requirements for these types of instruments worldwide.
World Metrology Day recognizes and celebrates the contribution of all the people that work in intergovernmental and national organizations throughout the year on behalf of all.
So celebrate today by looking at some of the items and methods you use to measure!
Thank you to the World Metrology Day organization for the information.