Standards Watch

Metadata about metadata

Last in the group of recent notifications from Cindy Hepfer, long-suffering ALA Voting representative to NISO, is for “ISO 23081-1, Metadata for records– Part 1: Principles.”

From the ballot itself:

“This is a systematic review ballot of the published standard, ISO 23081-1, Information and documentation: Records management processes –Metadata for records –Part 1: Principles.”

If you’re thinking that this description isn’t very helpful, you’re not alone! I had, in fact, heard about this standard via another channel, and it sounds like one of those superficially boring but actually quite critical efforts, particularly if one thinks that “packaging” and sharing metadata in future is going to be quite different than it is in our current environment. This is essentially administrative or meta-metadata we’re talking about.

As usual, access to the proposed standard is only available by applying directly to Cindy ( –please don’t forget to confirm your ALA membership. Her deadline is no later than: Monday, May 25, 2009. Please also copy me (

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator