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Guidelines for digitization of records

Cindy Hepfer, ALA Voting representative to NISO, sends us a new ballot announcement to start our week. This one is ISO/CD 13028, Implementation guidelines for digitisation of records.

The text supplied with this ballot explains:

“This is the first ballot on a new standard, ISO/CD 13028, Information and documentation — Implementation guidelines for digitisation of records. This Standard provides guidance for maintaining records in digital format only, where the original paper, or other non-digital source record, has been copied by digitising or other means. It sets out the best practice guidelines for digitisation processes to meet the requirements for trustworthiness and reliability of records.”

Cindy reminds us that this is not a NISO standard, but is being balloted by ISO. 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 the feedback that it receives prior to submitting the US vote. ALA members can acquire a copy for review purposes by applying directly to Cindy at Please confirm in your request that you are an ALA member (and if possible copy me as well, at

Comments are due to Cindy by April 24, 2009.

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator