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ISO Approval Ballots

This last “standards flood” posting includes two ISO approval ballots, sequentially numbered but (it seems) to be used in tandem. 1. ISO/DIS 30300, Information and documentation–Management system for records–Fundamentals and vocabulary. “This International Standard establishes the objectives for using a Management System for Records (MSR), provides principles for an MSR, describes a process approach and specifies roles for top management. It also defines terms and definitions applicable to the ISO 30300 series of International Standards.” 2. ISO/DIS 30301, Information and documentation — Management system for records — Requirements “This Standard specifies requirements for a Management Systems for Records (MSR) to support an organization in the achievement of its mandate, mission, strategy and goals through the development and implementation of a records policy and objectives and the measurement and monitoring of performance.” If these standards receive 100% approval from the international voting members of the ISO committee TC46/SC11, they can go…

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New ISO Work Items

More catch up on standards announcements follow. Please note the separate deadlines for comments to Cindy Hepfer, the ALA Voting Representative to NISO. 1. TC46/SC9 New Work Item Proposal Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies – Part 2: Interoperability with other vocabularies. “This ballot is to approve a new work item for Part 2 of ISO 25964, which will deal with thesauri and other types of vocabulary that are commonly used for information retrieval. Part 1 of ISO 25964 is a merger and revision of two existing ISO standards — ISO 2788, Documentation — Guidelines for the establishment and development of monolingual thesauri, and ISO 5964, Documentation — Guidelines for the establishment and development of multilingual thesauri. The whole of Part 2 will cover new ground not previously covered in any international standard. A working draft of Part 2 is included with the proposal. It is proposed that the same…

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ISCI and Language Resources Management

I’m a bit behind on these announcements, so expect a small flood while I catch up prior to Annual. As usual in these times I’ll group what I can. 1. ISO/DIS 27730, Information and documentation — International standard collection identifier (ISCI) “This International Standard establishes the specifications for the International Standard Collection Identifier (ISCI) as a unique international identification system for each collection, fond and (archival) series, and part(s) of collections, fonds and series. This International Standard establishes the specifications for the structure of an identifier and promotes the use of the identifier with regard to identifying systems that already exist. It also gives a list of recommended metadata elements that describe a collection. If this standard receives 100% approval from the international voting members of the ISO committee TC46/SC9, it can go directly to publication. This level of a draft standard is usually the last stage at which substantive…

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ISO Systematic Reviews

Our vigilant ALA representative to NISO, Cindy Hepfer, has forwarded to us a number of announcements of systematic reviews from ISO: 1. Systematic Review: ISO 9230:2007, Determination of price indexes for print and electronic media purchased by libraries. “This International Standard specifies a method for the determination of price indexes relating to the prices of print and electronic media acquired by libraries. It is not meant for calculating a price index of the national media production. The media included are restricted to books, serials and databases. This second edition has been expanded to cover electronic as well as printed books and serials, and electronic databases.” 2. Systematic Review: ISO 15706-2:2007, International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN)–Part 2: Version identifier “This part of ISO 15706 establishes a voluntary system for the identification of versions of audiovisual works and other content derived from or closely related to an audiovisual work. It is based…

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New Liaison Ballots, comments needed quickly!

Cindy Hepfer, ALA Voting Representative to NISO, has passed on to us information about two upcoming ballots. Both of these have deadlines coming up very quickly. 1. Liaison ballot for ISO/FDIS 29383, Terminology policies — Development and implementation. “This International Standard provides policy makers in governments, administration, non-profit and commercial organizations with guidelines and a methodology for the development and implementation of a comprehensive policy or strategy concerning the planning and management of terminology. This International Standard is designed for policy makers working in different environments, from language planning to for-profit companies.” Deadline for comments to Cindy is May 18, 2010 . 2. ISO/NP 14641-1 , Electronic archiving – Specifications concerning the design and the operation of an information system for electronic information preservation. This is a short turn-around ballot to provide comments for a liaison new work item proposal. Deadline for comments to Cindy is May 11, 2010. “This…

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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…

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Quick Responses Needed on Two Issues

Cindy Hepfer, our ALA Voting Representative to NISO, has forward to us two requests with a quick turnaround needed—this Friday, Mar. 19, to be specific. The first issue concerns a proposed change in scope for ISO TC46/SC11/WG11 – Risk identification and management for records. The committee resolved to make this change at its meeting in October 2009 in Orlando, Florida because the project, ISO 13069 (N874) did not address the specific needs of the recordkeeping industry. The new scope, and the new standards proposed, fit better with the Management Systems for Records series of standards. The earlier draft for this project was using the DRAMBORA repository audit method as the basis for the standard. ISO received a number of comments that the working draft was too repository-oriented and not records-oriented. This is one of the issues that the committee is trying to address in re-working the scope and starting fresh….

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Recordkeeping Standards

Cindy Hepfer, hardworking ALA Voting Representative to NISO has forwarded to us a group of announcements related to ISO/DIS 16175, Information and documentation–Principles and functional requirements for records in electronic office environments. This is a Fast track ballot, used to create an ISO standard from an existing standard, in this case the International Council on Archives and the Australasian Digital Recordkeeping Initiative standard of the same title. Fast track standards are submitted for their first ballot at the enquiry (DIS) stage; if there are no negative votes, the standard can proceed directly to publication. This ballot is in three parts: Part 1: Overview and statement of principles Part 2: Guidelines and functional requirements for records in electronic office environments Part 3: Guidelines and functional requirements for records in business systems As a reminder of the process: ALA is a voting member of NISO, while NISO is the official US voting…

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Last Standards Announcements of 2009?

Some end-of-year announcements by Cindy Hepfer, ALA Voting Representative to NISO, give us some potential ideas for what to do over the long holidays, should all that free time make us antsy. 1. ISO/FDIS 690, Information and documentation — Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources, ballot for final draft standard. “This International Standard gives guidelines for the preparation of bibliographic references. It is applicable to bibliographic references and citations to all kinds of information resources, including but not limited to monographs, serials, contributions, patents, cartographic materials, electronic information resources (including computer software and databases), music, recorded sound, prints, photographs, graphic and audiovisual works, and moving images. It is not applicable to machine-parsable citations. It is also not applicable to legal citations, which have their own standards. This will be the third edition of the standard merging and revising ISO 690:1987 and ISO 690-2:1997.” Also noted: “There were…

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Standards Wave

NISO has released a number of announcements about standards of particular interest to librarians, which have been forwarded to us by Cindy Hepfer, the ALA Voting Representative to NISO. In order to avoid a lot of repetition of instructions, I will include them all in this post, with enough information to pique your interest (I hope) in looking closer at them and perhaps commenting. Because these are NISO standards, you will be able to view and download them directly, rather than having to request them through Cindy. In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. The first four standards are recommended for reaffirmation by NISO’s Content and Collection Management Topic Committee (Disclosure: I’m a member of that Committee). The last standard is recommended for reaffirmation by NISO’s Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee. When either committee has included some contextual information…