Big Wave of Standards Reviews

There’s lots going on in standards, and Cindy Hepfer, our ALA Voting representative to NISO, is working hard to keep up (with the rest of us puffing hard in her wake). The next few standards posts are going to be more compact than usual, so I can get the word out before inundation hits. These are all NISO standards up for review, so can be downloaded from the NISO site.

So here, in the order I got them, with deadlines in bold:

1. ANSI/NISO/ISO 12083-1995 (R2002), Electronic Manuscript Preparation and Markup.

This is a periodic review ballot for the published standard, ANSI/NISO/ISO 12083-1995 (R2002), Electronic Manuscript Preparation and Markup. This standard is a national adoption of the international standard ISO 12083:1994. It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/iso12083-1995r2002/.

Comments on this standard are due to Cindy by May 13, 2009.

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2. Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.2-1994 (R2001), Information Interchange Format. This is a periodic review ballot for the published standard, ANSI/NISO Z39.2-1994 (R2001), Information Interchange Format. It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-2-1994R2001/.

The international version of this standard ISO 2709, Information and documentation — Format for information exchange, was revised in 2008 to clarify the use of Unicode with UTF-8 encoding for records employing this standard. In appropriate places the term “octet” was used in place of “character”.

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO’s Content and Collection Topic Committee recommends a vote of “Withdrawal” for ANSI/NISO Z39.2-1994 (R2001), in favor of the use of ISO 2709. The NISO version (Z39.2) would continue to be available on the NISO website as a withdrawn standard.

Cindy’s deadline for comments on this review is May 12, 2009.

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3. Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.14-1997 (R2002), Guidelines for Abstracts. This is a periodic review ballot for the published standard, ANSI/NISO Z39.14-1997 (R2002), Guidelines for Abstracts. It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-14-1997R2002/.

NISO’s Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM for ANSI/NISO Z39.14-1997 (R2002). If reaffirmed, the Topic Committee will then study the standard more closely to determine if and why a revision might be needed for Z39.14. A reaffirmation now will provide additional time to do a more thorough study of this standard. You are encouraged to provide comments with your vote that might provide the Topic Committee with additional information regarding the possible need for a future revision. Please note that a revision can begin at any time after the reaffirmation of the current standard (with NISO voting member approval); it is not necessary to wait until the next 5-year periodic review.

Cindy’s deadline for comments on this review is May 11, 2009.

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4. Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.23-1997 (R2002), Standard Technical Report Number Format and Creation. This is a periodic review ballot for the published standard, and is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-23-1997r2002/.

If reaffirmed, the Topic Committee will then study the standard more closely to determine if and why a revision might be needed. A reaffirmation now will provide additional time to do a more thorough study of this standard. You are encouraged to provide comments with your vote that might provide the Topic Committee with additional information regarding the possible need for a future revision. Please note that a revision can begin at any time after the reaffirmation of the current standard (with NISO voting member approval); it is not necessary to wait until the next 5-year periodic review.

The deadline for comments to Cindy on this review is May 21, 2009.

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5. Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.26-1997 (R2002), Micropublishing Product Information. This is a periodic review ballot for the published standard, which is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-26-1997r2002/.

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO’s Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM.

The deadline for comments to Cindy on this ballot is May 19, 2009.

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All comments to Cindy can be sent to her at HSLcindy@buffalo.edu. Expect another wave of announcements shortly …

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator