The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 1) has a long tradition in the creation of still image coding standards. JPEG is a joint working group of the International Standardization Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). More specifically, the JPEG committee is Working Group 1 (WG 1), JPEG Coding of digital representations of images, of JTC 1's subcommittee 29 (SC 29), Coding of Audio, Picture, Multimedia and Hypermedia Information.

The word “Joint” in JPEG does not refer to the joint efforts of ISO and IEC, but to the fact that the JPEG activities are the result of an additional collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

JPEG meets usually four times a year to discuss and create the standards for coding of digital representations of images. This site provides extensive information of interest and relevance to the JPEG community. To participate in the work of the JPEG committee, or to have access to all the information the site contains about new initiatives, you must be a member of the committee, or of a body which has 'liaison' status with us. Initially, you should contact your national standards body, and ask them about how you can help in the work of the 'ISO SC 29/WG 1' committee. We always welcome active new participants to our standards process.

The following depicts the timeline of current JPEG standardization projects under development by the committee: