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Special Session: Machine-readable Digital Calibration Certificates (DCC)

One of the first and highest priority step for the metrology community is recognized in the replacement of paper-based calibration certificates with their digital counterparts, Digital Calibration Certificates (DCCs). A DCC is not a simple digitalization of the paper-based certificate in the sense of an exact copy in electronic format like PDF or Word. DCCs provide the calibration data in fully machine-readable data structures in a way that a software can automatically read the data from a DCC without error-prone human transcription. DCCs potentially allowing automated and machine-aided approaches to be used throughout all parts of calibration and measurement processes are essential for many organisations on the road to full digital transformation. The adoption of DCCs will thus lead to increased efficiency within those processes.

Session topics

The organizers of the session are encouraging participants to submitt papers on their recent findings in the domain of DCCs, new innovations and challenges. For all accepted contributions there will be time for a presentation in the session followed by a short Q&A. 

  • Digital Transformation in the Quality Infrastructure related to DCCs
  • Hands-on example for issuing DCCs
  • Representations of measurement data in DCCs
  • Establishing links of metrological traceability with DCCs
  • DCCs for end-users and laboratories in the calibration chain
  • Usage of DCCs in automated processes like Indsutry 4.0
  • Tools and services for the creation, use and interoperation of DCCs
  • Harmonization and good practise examples for DCCs in different areas
  • Examples of new measurement capabilities enabled by DCCs
  • Digital infrastructure for the secure exchange and storage of DCCs

Session organizers

Shanna Schönhals, PhD

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Shanna Schönhals has joined the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Germany in 2020. Since then, she has been contributing to the development of the DCC data format, with a special focus on the area of solid mechanics and quantities such as force and torque. Closely connected with these research activities is Shanna's contribution to EURAMET TC-IM 1448 Development of Digital Calibration Certificates and the EURAMET TC-IM WG Metrology for Digital Transformation.

Clifford Brown, PhD

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Clifford Brown was originally trained as a physicist and subsequently worked for over 25 years in the software industry working on big data projects, and in academia on digital science projects related to renewable enegy. He has worked in the field of metrology for over 10 years again with particular focus on digital science and specifically was a team member of the EMPIR SmartCom project.

Daniel Hutzschenreuter, PhD

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)

Daniel Hutzschenreuter has been a member of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Germany since 2015. His field of work is focused on the online validation of computational extensive evaluation algorithms and the development of universal data models for the digital transformation in metrology. On the international level, Daniel is actively supporting the EURAMET TC-IM WG Metrology for Digital Transformation and the CIPM Task Group on the “Digital-SI”.