Standards Watch

Classification systems

Cindy Hepfer, ALA’s Voting Representative to forwarded to us a new ballot: ISO/CD 22274, Systems to manage terminology, knowledge and content: Internationalization and concept-related aspects of classification systems.

“This standard provides generic advice on how to create content of classification systems and how to express that content in multilingual environments. It primarily specifies the factors that need to be considered when creating and populating a classification system that will be used in diverse linguistic environments. These factors include the specification of principles for incorporating internationalization aspects into classification systems, and maintaining and using those aspects for the structuring of activities, products, services, agents, and other entities of a company or organization.”

Cindy is looking for feedback from ALA members on the topic of whether ALA believes that NISO should approve or disapprove the standard. Any ALA member who wishes to see a copy of the draft standard for the purpose of offering comments prior to the deadline should contact Cindy directly ( To save time (yours and Cindy’s), please include a statement in your message to her that you ARE a current ALA member, and please copy me on the message as well (

Comments are due to Cindy by June 10, 2010.

Diane Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator