Standards Watch

Records Management Processes for Metadata: part 2

Cindy Hepfer, ALA Representative to NISO has informed us that the following ISO Committee Draft of an International Standard has been issued for ballot: ISO/DIS 23081-2, Information and documentation — Records management processes for Metadata — Part 2: Conceptual and implementation issues

Cindy needs responses for this standard by Friday, May 30.

NISO Summary: This Technical Specification is part of the ISO 23081 series on metadata for records. It focuses on the framework for defining metadata elements for managing records and provides a generic statement of metadata elements, whether these are physical, analogue or digital, consistent with the principles of ISO 23081-1:2006.

[Note: Cindy points out that ISO 23081-1:2006 can be purchased from the order area of the ISO website: Part 1 can be purchased in English for CHF 96,00. ]

In the absence of other recommendations, ALA will recommend that NISO vote to approve ISO/DIS 23081-2. Those desiring to review the drafts should contact either Cindy Hepfer ( or me ( — please indicate whether you’re an ALA member! Interested reviewers from countries other than the U.S. should contact their national standards body about the procedure for submitting votes on ISO TC46 standards.