I’ve been informed that another ISO Committee Draft has been issued for ballot: ISO/DIS 8459, Information and documentation – Bibliographic data element directory.
Here’s the summary:
“This International Standard specifies and describes data elements required in the interchange of data between bibliographic systems. It describes, in the form of a directory, data elements used to support the processes of acquisition, resource description and cataloguing, searching, requesting loan or copy directly to an end user or inter-library. The focus of the standard is to provide common definitions for data elements that are exchanged in protocol messages between systems and is also intended as a foundation for new standards. By inheriting element names and definitions, new standards can be achieved in an efficient way that directly relates them with existing standards in the field.”
This is a revision and consolidation of the previous version issued in 5 parts between 1988 and 2002.
Comments and vote recommendations from NISO members are due to NISO by Wednesday, March 19, 2008. Because ALA is a NISO member, we have the opportunity to take a look at this and funnel comments to our ALA representative to NISO (Cindy Hepfer, firstname.lastname@example.org). As I’ve mentioned before, I can’t send you directly to this document–ISO is very closed to this sort of thing. However, if you’re interested in reviewing it, you can send me (email@example.com) or Cindy a note and ask us to send you the document. Let us know that you’re an ALA member (we’re not supposed to distribute to non-members).
I did a small informal poll of bib-savvy colleagues and none of them had heard of this standard. Have you? Do you know of any applications that use it?