A Plethora of Standards News

Our ALA Voting Representative to NISO, Cindy Hepfer, has passed on a number of notices to LITA members, and in order to bring them quickly to your attention, I’m going to be briefer than usual. The first group is for upcoming ISO ballots:

1. Systematic Review ISO 21127:2006, a ballot for the published standard, ISO 21127:2006, Information and documentation — A reference ontology for the interchange of cultural heritage information. This is the first edition of the standard that is intended to facilitate the exchange of information between cultural heritage institutions by defining a domain ontology for cultural heritage information. (Cindy’s deadline for comments is Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009).

2. Systematic Review ISO 12083:1994, a ballot for the published standard, ISO 12083:1994, Information and documentation — Electronic manuscript preparation and markup. This is the first edition of the International Standard that presents four document type definitions and additional facilities conforming to ISO 8879, Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). (Cindy’s deadline for comments is Monday, Nov. 23, 2009).

3. Systematic Review ISO 2789:2006, a ballot for the published standard, ISO 2789:2006, Information and documentation — International library statistics. This is the 4th edition of the International Standard that specifies rules for the library and information services community on the collection and reporting of statistics for the purposes of international reporting. (Cindy’s deadline for comments is Friday, Nov. 20, 2009).

4. ISO/CD 13390, Records management systems — Fundamentals and vocabulary. This is a new standard developed to be the basis of the framework for the ISO 30200 family of standards: Management System for Records. It describes fundamentals of a Management System for Records, which form the subject of the ISO 30200 family, and defines related terms. All other standards in the family use the vocabulary defined in this standard. (Cindy’s deadline for comments is Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009).

5. ISO/CD 13391, Management system for records – Requirements. This is a new standard that specifies requirements for a Management System for Records where an organizations needs to demonstrate its ability to create and control records from its business activities for as long as they are required. It is part of the ISO 30200 family of standards, which is being developed within the management system standards framework to be compatible and to share elements and methodology with other Management System Standards. (Cindy’s deadline for comments is Monday, Sept. 21, 2009).

Any ALA member who wishes to see a copy of the draft standards for the purpose of offering comments prior to the deadline may contact Cindy directly at HSLcindy@buffalo.edu (I’d appreciate it if you’d copy me at metadata.maven@gmail.com so I can keep track of interest). Please be sure to let Cindy know you are a current ALA member. In the absence of other recommendations, ALA will recommend that NISO vote to confirm the ISO standards noted above.

The remaining requests for comment are for two new proposed NISO work items:

1. Physical Delivery of Library Resources.
The goal of this work item is to develop a statement of best practices related to the delivery of library materials. To achieve this objective, this proposal is to convene a NISO Working Group to explore the problem and deliver a Recommended Practice document describing possible solutions and to implement an education and adoption plan for encouraging implementation of the solution(s). The proposal was approved by the Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee on July 24, 2009, and is now being sent to the NISO voting membership for agreement to begin a new work project and to elicit expressions of interest in participating in the work.
If you are interested in reviewing the proposal, you can access it via the following link:
http://www.niso.org/news/pr/view?item_key=e8326f4b6682b07a4cca85967a6cbb0808bf7723 or from the NISO homepage.

Deadline for your comments/feedback to Cindy is Friday, Aug. 21, 2009.

2. Standardized Markup for Journal Articles
The goal of this work item is to take the currently existing National Library of Medicine (NLM) Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite version 3.0, the three journal article schemas, and the documentation and shepherd it through the NISO standardization process. The intent of this proposal is for the Tag Suite to be a NISO standard and each of the schemas to be a “sub-standard” or appendix to the Tag Suite standard. To achieve this objective, this proposal is to convene a NISO Working Group with the intention of proposing that the Tag Suite, as it currently stands, be accepted as a Draft Standard following a brief period of review within the group.
If you are interested in reviewing the proposal, you can access it via the following link:
http://www.niso.org/standards/ballots/#nlm> or from the NISO Homepage.

Deadline for your comments/feedback to Cindy is Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator