Folks, this is the first of a rash of announcements about NISO votes and the solicitation of comments prior to those votes. Some of them have very short deadlines, unfortunately. I hope that the expressions of interest received on some of the earlier calls for comments continue! Although the following standard is particularly targeted at records management, it surely could have some relevance to any of us concerned with metadata crosswalks.
These have as usual been forwarded from Cindy Hepfer, ALA Representative to NISO. This one is concerning an ISO Committee Draft of an International Standard issued for ballot: ISO NWI, Document management — Guidelines for the creation of a metadata crosswalk. Comments and vote recommendations from NISO members are due to NISO by Feb. 15, 2008, but as Cindy has three NISO voting deadlines on the 15th, she needs any responses for this standard by Feb. 11.
Information provided about this standard by NISO:
Note: This ballot is from TC171 on Document management and is for a proposed new technical report. Since TC46/SC11 is a liaison, we have the opportunity to make a recommendation on the project and submit comments. The U.S. vote will be submitted by AIIM, the TAG for TC171.
Summary: A generalized crosswalk is needed between the metadata schemas in common usage in document management applications. This document will provide document management participants with a method and a guideline on how to design, build, and implement a metadata crosswalk. The implementation of the crosswalk will not only include document management schemas but also other applications generating digital files.
ALA is not voting on the standard itself but rather is providing feedback to NISO as to whether to approve or disapprove the standard. NISO will review and consider this feedback prior to submitting the U.S. vote. ALA can only provide ISO protected documents to ALA members, so please contact either Cindy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com) and let us know that you are an ALA member.