Standards Watch

Terminology work: principles and methods

Cindy Hepfer, erstwhile ALA Voting representative to NISO, has forwarded to us for our attention a new ISO ballot: “ISO/FDIS, Terminology work: Principles and methods.”

The text of this ballot says in part:

“This is the third edition of the Standard that establishes the basic principles and methods for preparing and compiling terminologies both inside and outside the framework of standardization, and describes the links between objects, concepts, and their terminological representations. It also establishes general principles governing the formation of designations and the formulation of definitions. This International Standard does not stipulate procedures for the layout of international terminology standards, which are treated in ISO 10241.”

As usual, 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.

Since the document is in a restricted area of the NISO website, ALA members who wish to review the standard and provide comment must apply directly to Cindy ( for a copy of the document. I’d appreciate it if you could copy me as well ( so I can keep track of general interest in standards review for LITA.

Cindy’s deadline for comment is July 16, 2009 (right after ALA Annual).

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator