International interoperability Standards New Zealand Secretariat of ISO TC 46 SC 4

Issue 24 – February 2011

Standards New Zealand holds the secretariat for and co-funds the ISO subcommittee ISO/TC 46/SC 4 'Information and documentation – Technical interoperability' with the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ). The subcommittee develops international Standards that facilitate interoperability of, and ease of access to, library and related systems, services, and databases, such as information centres, indexing and abstracting services, archives, museums, and publishers.

For example, ISO/TC 46/SC 4 is developing three Standards for configuration settings for radio frequency identification (RFID) in libraries – ISO 28560 Part 1, 2, and 3. RFID tags can be inserted into books, CDs, and DVDs. RFID tags help libraries to manage the circulation of composite materials, such as a multivolume book, a box set of three CDs, or an audio tape with 15 tapes. RFID can provide functionality beyond circulation, such as stock control by scanning shelves and comparing the results with the library's database to find lost items or items shelved incorrectly.

Standards New Zealand organises and facilitates annual meetings of the subcommittee, which are chaired by Alison Elliott from the NLNZ.

ISO/TC 46/SC 4's next meeting will be held in May 2011 at Standards Australia in Sydney. Key topics to be discussed at the meeting will include:

  • Open ePublishing formats (publishing formats for eReader devices)
  • completing the Standards for RFID in libraries
  • minor revisions to the Standard used to define the unique coded identifier of libraries, ISO 15511:2009 Information and documentation – International standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL)
  • revision of the Standard that defines concepts relevant to cultural heritage information, ISO 21127:2006 Information and documentation – A reference ontology for the interchange of cultural heritage information
  • strategic planning for the subcommittee.

For more information please contact Stuart Ng, Secretary for ISO/TC 46/SC 4 'Information and documentation – Technical interoperability', email isoadmin@standards.co.nz, telephone 0800 782 632.

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