Standards Committee: 2012 Activities (Last Updated 12/21/2012)

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  1. Voted REAFFIRM on Periodic Review ANSI/NISO Z39.32 - 1996, Information on Microfiche Headers
  2. Voted YES on NISO Ballot: Proposed New Work Item: Standardized Specification for Resource Synchronization
  3. Voted APPROVE to make the Finnish Standards Association the new Secratrariat of ISO TC46/SC4
  4. Voted YES on request by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to be a Liaison to ISO TC46
  5. Voted REAFFIRM on Systematic Review ISO 25577:2008, Information and documentation: MarcXchange
  6. Voted CONFIRM on Systematic Review ISO 832:1994, Information and documentation -- Bibliographic description and references -- Rules for the abbreviation of bibliographic terms
  7. Voted CONFIRM on Systematic Review ISO 15707:2001, Information and documentation -- International Standard Musical Work Code (ISWC)
  8. Voted REVISE on Systematic Review ISO/TR 15489-2, Information and documentation - Records management - Part 2: Guidelines with the comments:

    The issues raised by the Ad Hoc group are particularly obvious in ISO/TR 15489-2:2001, and it requires substantial revision to remain relevant to modern information management practices.

  9. Voted REVISE on Systematic Review ISO 15489-1, Information and documentation - Records management - Part 1: General with the Comments:

    Depending on interpretation of the level of description of both records, processes and systems, it is possible to interpret ISO 15489-1:2001 as not requiring any revision or updates as a result of the issues raised by either the Ad Hoc group or Carslile's commentary. However given that ISO/TR 15489-2:2001 is more likely to be revised, NISO votes REVISE for the core standard as it makes sense to consider changes across the two documents in the same revision process.

    Comments on ISO 15489-1 and ISO 15489-2 provided by Baden Hughes

  10. Voted REAFFIRM on Periodic Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.86 - 2005 Specifications for the Digital Talking Book
  11. Voted YES on Publishing ISO/FDIS (2nd) 27730, Information and documentation - International standard collection identifier (ISCI) as an International Standard
  12. Voted NO on Approval of Proposed New Work Item: Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP) with the following comments:

    1) I (Mark Needleman) was on the NISO committee that developed NCIP - the committee specifically decided not to make SIP a NISO standard because we thought the standard used outdated technology and was limited in its capabilities - admittedly some of this may have changed in Version 3)

    2) ASIST does not believe NISO should be standardizing proprietary protocols

    3) We are also concerned about the negative impression standardizing SIP will have on the community's perception of NISO's support for NCIP

    Comments supplied by Mark Needleman

  13. Voted REAFFIRM on Periodic Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.86 - 2005 Specifications for the Digital Talking Book
  14. Voted YES on ISO/CD 2789, Information and documentation -- International library statistics to move to Draft International Standard status - with the following comment:

    Other standards for library statistics exist - eg LibQual+, and we feel its important to consider the mapping between this ISO standard and those standards (or an understanding of the differences). That other widely accepted standards for library statistics and performance measurement exist isn't acknowledged in this document.

    Comment provided by Baden Hughes

  15. Voted YES on ISO/DTR 17068, Information and documentation - Records management - Trusted third party repository for digital records - for publication as a Technical Report
  16. Voted YES on New Work Item Proposal for Revision of ISO 7098 - Documentation -- Romanization of Chinese
  17. Voted YES on New Work Item Proposal for Revision of ISO 3602:1989, Documentation -- Romanization of Japanese (kana script)
  18. Voted YES on ISO/DTR 18128, Information and documentation - Risk identification and assessment for records systems to be published as an ISO Technical Report with the following comments:

    section 5.3.1 - despite the clarifications as to the types of internal risk, it does not appear to cover the significant change of the businesses activties (eg introducing a new product or service in a non traditional area that introduces new external or internal factors re the requirements for management of records). this is not the same as the uncertainty introduced through merger, acquisition etc as itemised in the first subpoint in 5.3.1.

    section 5.4.1 - We think it would be advisable to strengthen the wording of the "reliability of systems suppliers" to explicitly cover commercial and technical viability. This dovetails into 5.4.2 as well; its about whether or not commercial systems suppliers remain in the market offering records management systems.

    section 5.5.3 - We think this should be expanded to include maintenance of metadata transformation and cross walk schema which is often performed externally and unfortunately often through a non persistent agency.

    section 7.2 - ISO 31000 should also be referenced here.

    Comments provided by Baden Hughes

  19. Voted NO on ISO/FDIS 13008, Information and documentation - Digital records conversion and migration process - with the following comments:

    While the preface does suggest the document is trying to standardize a process (and in that that there would be some value) the rest of the document doesn't do that, it talks about principles and practices for a bunch of different steps that you may (or may not) go through in the conversion and migration process.

    The document is undoubtedly useful and informative in terms of raising awareness of issue. However (in our opinion) the document does not meet the requirements for an ISO standard in that it doesn't really standardize anything. It would however make an informative ISO Technical Report.

    The only condition we could see for this becoming an ISO standard is if it is referenced by other ISO standards and thus needs to be a standard in order to meet ISO requirements.

    Comments provided by Baden Hughes and Mark Needleman

  20. Voted YES on ISO/DIS 25964-2, Information and documentation - Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies - Part 2: Interoperability with other vocabularies - to be published as an ISO Standard - with the following comment:

    We believe that this is another example of an ISO standard that doesn't really standardize anything and thus does not rise to the level of something that should be made an ISO standard. However, Since it lists ISO 25964-1 (which is an ISO standard) in the Normative References, it needs to be an ISO standard due to ISO requirements. But we believe it would make more sense if this was published as something like a technical report or guidelines document.

    Comment provided by Mark Needleman

  21. Provided the following Comments on ISO/IEC FDIS 17024, Conformity assessment X General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons (Note: On this voting cycle there was no opportunity to cast a vote - only to submit comments or not):

    Although we doubt that this will have any effect on the status of ISO/IEC FDIS 17024 in ISO , ASIST has decided to submit the following comments on this document:

    While we believe the document contains some valuable and useful guidelines and recommendations, we don't feel the document contains the necessary rigorous requirements that would justify it becoming an ISO standard.

    Most if not all of the requirements specified in FDIS 17024 are general in their specification and contain no definitions of what they mean and no definition of what compliance with them would mean. Also, because of this, the document does not define any mechanism for enforcing compliance or even discussing what compliance with it would mean, and, in fact, no mechanism for judging wether a certification body is or is not compliant with the requirements specified in the document.

    In our opinion, this is another of what seems to becoming a trend of ISO attempting to produce standards, that while they may contain useful information and guidelines, do not contain anything that meets the level of being a standard that organizations could comply with, and thus does a disservice to the community by attempting to make them standards.

    Comments provided by Mark Needleman

  22. Voted REVISE on Systematic Review ISO/TR 21449:2004, Content Delivery and Rights Management - Functional requirements for identifiers and descriptors for use in the music, film, video, sound recording and publishing industries - with the following comments:

    We believe this is an important document and should not be withdrawn under any circumstances. Our inclination is that the standard needs to be revised. Our major concerns have to do with 2 of the initial justifications for the justifications for the standard: assisting in the tracking of intellectual property, and in dealing with "multiple levels of aggregation and decomposition". Since 2004, both of these issues have become more complex at a staggering rate.

    We understand that the standard has to cover the general scope of 4 international treaties as its basis rather than any individual legislation in any country or territory. However, the tracking of digital versions of intellectual content may not be as well served as the current set of attributes defined under, for instance, "product", "release, "right", "tracking", and "use"; the current attributes seem relatively print-based in conception.

    Also, we fear that the attributes defined under "content" and "product" may soon (or already) be inadequate to deal with the continual segmentation of this kind of digital content in the current marketplace.

    Finally, although the largest need for the standard are on the commercial side, we believe that the library and museum community which is deliberately left out of consideration may deserve further consideration in a revision of this standard.

    Comments provided by Tomothy Dickey

  23. Voted YES on on Approval of DDEX Category A Liaison with TC46/SC9
  24. Voted for the following People in the NISO Board of Directors Directors Election (2012-2015):

      Janice L. Fleming (American Psychological Association)
      Mairead Martin (Pennsylvania State University)
      Patricia A. Steele (University of Maryland Libraries)
      Tyler Walters (Virginia Tech University Libraries)
      Keith Webster (John Wiley and Sons)
  25. Voted for the Following Person in the 2012 NISO Board of Directors Vice Chair Election:

    Heather Reid

  26. Voted YES on NISO Z39.98-201X, Authoring and Interchange Framework for Adaptive XML Publishing Specification
  27. Voted YES on NISO's Proposed New Work Item: Develop Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs
  28. Voted YES on NISO Z39.83-1-201x, NISO Circulation Interchange Part 1: Protocol (NCIP), version 2.02
  29. Voted YES on NISO Z39.83-2-201X, NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) Part 2: Implementation Profile 1
  30. Voted YES on NISO Z39.96-201x, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite with the following commments:

    ASIST votes YES on this standard with some reluctance. Because the standard has been a DSFTU we feel that potential implemented have gotten experience with it and have vetted it for technical issues.

    We actually don't have any problems with the technical contents of the standard itself.

    Our concern is with the sentence in Section 2 Scope:

    "The Tag Suite has been designed to be extensible. Any of the tag sets may be extended or restricted to meet the needs of a given project. Also, new tag sets can be built from the elements and attributes in the Tag Suite and should be considered conforming to the standard."

    We feel that this definition of allowed extensibility is too liberal and has the potential to lead to interoperability issues. We feel, at minimum this should be replaced with language to the effect that new tag sets and attributes may be defined for use among agreeing partners (their use is outside the scope of the current version of the standard) and may be proposed for addition to future versions of the standard.

    Comments provided by Mark Needleman

  31. Voted YES on ISO/CD 21127, Information and documentation - A reference ontology for the interchange of cultural heritage information.
  32. Voted YES on Justification Study for the Proposed New Standard ISO 30302, Management Systems for Records - Guidelines for Implementation
  33. Voted YES on TC46 New Work Item Proposal for Technical Specification: Recommendation on methods of validating the success of deacidification processes for printed and handwritten documents
  34. Voted YES on ISO New Work Item Proposal for Technical Specification for the Encoding of Data Elements Based on Rules from ISO/IEC 15962 in an RFID Tag with Partitioned Memory
  35. Voted YES on ISO New Work Item Proposal for International Standard for a Unique Item Identifier (UII) for RFID Tags in Libraries
  36. Voted WITHDRAW on Systematic Review of ISO 5122:1979, Documentation -- Abstract sheets in serial publications with the following comments:

    We have questions about the continued relevance of this standard. However if the decision is to maintain it, it should be revised to update some of the references to recently emergent and updated standards

    Comments provided by Baden Hughes

  37. Voted REVISE on Systematic Review of ISO 7144:1986, Documentation -- Presentation of theses and similar documents - with the following comments:

    There are now a predominance of electronic theses which have obvious modality an other documentation/description elements that are not represented in the current version of the standard

    Comments provide by Baden Hughes

  38. Voted REVISE on Systematic Review of ISO 7275:1985, Documentation -- Presentation of title information of series - with the following comments:

    Some portions of the document, specifically sections 3.3 and 4.1 could be reworded to make things clearer, less confusing and less ambiguous.

    Also the references should be updates to more recently emergent and updates standards

    Comments provided by Baden Hughes and Dorothy McGarry

  39. Voted WITHDRAW on Systematic Review of ISO 18:1981, Documentation -- Contents list of periodicals - with the following comments:

    We have questions about the continued relevance of this standard

    Comments provided by Baden Hughes

  40. Voted REVISE on Systematic Review of ISO 1086:1991, Information and documentation -- Title leaves of books - with the following comments:

    Section 5.5 does not mention editors but only sponsors and/or organizers of conferences. Editors are quite important for Identification and retrieval

    Also some of the references need to be updated to more recently emergent and updated standards

    Comments provided by Dorothy McGarry and Baden Hughes

  41. Voted CONFIRM on Systematic Review of ISO 15924:2004, Information and documentation -- Codes for the representation of names of scripts
  42. Voted ABSTAIN on Systematic Review of ISO 5123:1984, Documentation -- Headers for microfiche of monographs and serials
  43. Voted ABSTAIN on Systematic Review of ISO 215:1986, Documentation -- Presentation of contributions to periodicals and other serials
  44. Voted REVISE on Systematic Review of ISO 2384:1977, Documentation -- Presentation of translations - with the following comments:

    A number of related standards referred to in this standard have been updated significantly and this should be reflected in 2384.

    Also there are significant developments in the presentation of translations in the electronic publishing age that were not specifically considered in the current version of the standard

    Comments provided by Baden Hughes

  45. Voted ABSTAIN on Systematic Review of ISO 7220:1996, Information and documentation -- Presentation of catalogues of standards
  46. Voted CONFIRM on Systematic Review of ISO 6357:1985, Documentation -- Spine titles on books and other publications
  47. Voted YES on the Revision of NISO Z39.85-201x, The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
  48. Voted YES to Approve the development of an Addendum to Journal Article Versioning Recommended Terms, NISO RP-8-2008
  49. Voted YES on ISO New work Item: ISO/NP International Museum Statistics
  50. Voted REVISE on the Periodic Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007, The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol
  51. Votes YES on ISO/DIS 2789, Information and documentation - International library statistics
  52. Voted NO on ISO/IEC DTS 17021-3 Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems -- Part 3: Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems
  53. Votes YES on ISO/CD 16439, Information and documentation -- Methods and procedures for assessing the impact of libraries
  54. Voted YES to Advance ISO/CD 11620, Information and documentation -- Library performance indicators to Draft International Standard Status
  55. Voted YES on ISO/DTR 14873, Information and documentation -- Statistics and Quality Indicators for Web Archiving - for advancement to the next stage which could be another draft or publication with the following comments:

    there are several places in the document that seem to assume that a library is the primary organization in web archiving. Some examples

    Terms and Definitions

    2.1 access a successful request of a library-provided online service NOTE 1 to entry: access refers to the complete cycle of user activities that typically starts when a user connects to a library-provided online service and ends by an activity that terminates the connection, either explicitly (by logging-out or exit the service) or implicitly (timeout due to inactivity). NOTE 2 to entry: Access to the library Website is counted as virtual visits

    2.34 registered user person or organization registered with a library in order to use its collection and/or services within or away from the library

    4.4.2 b) Virtual Visitors Virtual visits are defined in ISO 2789 as users? request on the library Website from outside the library premises, regardless of the number of pages or elements viewed.

    5.3.4 Accessibility an Usage

    Indicator Number 8

    Comments:

    Cataloguing resources in Web archives enhances their accessibility and usability. It also helps integrate Web archive resources with other resources held by the library

    Indicator Number 10

    Name: Percentage of library users (onsite or online) using the Web archive

    There are many other references to libraries in this section

    While the DTR does make clear that many different type of organizations will be involved in Web Archiving, it seems that the references to library and libraries should be generalized to reflect that.

    Disclaimer - Mark Needleman of the ASIST Standards Committee is a member of this ISO Working Group - but since all of the meetings have been in Berlin and almost none of the work has been done electronically, he has really not be able to participate in he work of the group or in the drafting of the DTR

    Comments provided by Mark Needleman

  56. Voted YES on New Work Item Proposal to Revise ISO 25577:2008 Information and documentation -- MarcXchange

    with the following comment:

    Allowing included embedded metadata will add flexibility and enhanced functionality to the standard

    Comment provided by Mark Needleman

  57. Voted NO to approve ISO/CD 17316 - International standard document link (ISDL) for advancement to the next stage of Draft International Standard (DIS)

    with the following Comments:

    We support the comments of the International DOI Foundation (IDF) - and the comments provided by Auto-Graphics

    Commnents provide by Mark Needleman