[Asis-l] NISO Technical Metadata For DIgital Images Document

Mark Needleman - DRA mneedlem at dra.com
Fri Jun 14 12:54:32 EDT 2002


NISO has just released a draft standard for trial use that I thought would
be of interest to ASIST folks - the note from Pat Harris the Executive
Director of NISO describes this new standard

Mark Needleman
Chair, ASIST Standards Committee

The Data Dictionary for Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images 
(NISO Z39.87/AIIM 20) has been released as a Draft Standard for Trial 
Use.   The Standard is on the NISO website at this url: 

 From June 1, 2002 through December 31, 2003 this standard is 
available for review and implementation. Comments should be sent to 
NISO headquarters: nisohq at niso.org

Supporting the draft standard is an XML schema, called MIX,  that 
defines the format for the interchange and/or storage of the data 
specified in the Standard. The schema is at this url: 
http://www.loc.gov/standards/mix/  (You will find a link from the 
NISO site to the schema.)

Why This Standard is Important
This standard defines the important details that are essential to 
managing digital information.  Much attention has been paid to 
defining descriptive metadata.  Technical metadata is equally 
important to manage the large-scale digital repositories and digital 
asset management systems being built today.  Z39.87 is an important 
building block to support the development of applications to 
validate, manage, migrate, and otherwise process images so they 
maintain their value over time. And, as we all know, a picture is 
worth a thousand words!

Congratulations (and thanks) go to Standards Committee AU co-chaired 
by Oya Rieger (Cornell University) and Robin Dale (RLG).     Jointly 
developed with AIIM International, the leading standards developer 
serving the imaging industry, this standard took only three years 
from beginning to end -- a very short timeline in the standards 
world. Members of the committee speak to the strong international 
interest in this topic: Meg Bellinger (OCLC), Dr. Marianne Doerr 
(Leitung VD17 und Muenchener Digitalisierungszentrum), Betsy Fanning 
(AIIM International), Dr. Franziska Frey (Image Permanence Institute, 
Rochester Institute of Technology), Erich Kesse (University of 
Florida), Matt Kirschenbaum (University of Kentucky), Kelly Russell 
(University of Leeds), Linda Tadic (HBO), Colin Webb (National 
Library of Australia) and Herbert J. White (LDS Church-Family History 

Please share this news with your colleagues and networks. Be a part 
of the standards solution!

Pat Harris
Executive Director
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
T: 301-654-2512
Mobile: 202-258-3296
Fax: 301-654-1721
Email: pharris at niso.org
url: http://www.niso.org

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