Standards Watch

Data interchange standards–take note!

Cindy Hepfer, ALA’s ever vigilant voting representative to NISO has sent us a new clutch of standards information. The first one is “ISO/FDIS 8459, Classification of bibliographic data elements for use in data interchange”

Quoting from the information that comes with the ballot:

“First edition of the standard that merges and revises ISO 8459-1, ISO 8459-2, ISO 8459-3, ISO 8459-4 and ISO 8459-5. It specifies and describes data elements required in the interchange of data between bibliographic systems (i.e. terminal or browser to computer or computer to computer).”

Cindy adds: “This is the last ballot prior to publication. A Yes vote cannot contain any substantive comments (editorial comments are acceptable). If you have substantive comments, you should vote No.“

There’s a relatively short window for input to Cindy to provide advice for voting on this—she needs to have something in hand by Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. Those ALA members interested in reviewing the standard should apply directly to Cindy ( –please confirm to her that you are an ALA member (and copy me at if you would).

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator