(1) (The British Computer Society, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, www.bcs.org) The chartered body for information technology professionals in the U.K., founded in 1957. It sets standards, conducts exams, advises Parliament and disseminates awards for excellence in computing. The BCS was a founding member of the Council for European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS). The BCS is also an Engineering Institution, fully licensed by the Engineering Council to nominate Chartered and Incorporated Engineers and to accredit university courses and training schemes.
(2) (The Boston Computer Society) A personal computer users group founded in 1977 by Jonathan Rotenberg and disbanded in 1996. The BCS was one of the first sources for education and technical information about the new world of personal computers, which had just begun. At its height in the late 1980s, it had more than 30,000 members, although more than 100,000 were involved at one time or another.
(3) (Binary Compatibility Standard) See ABI.