NISO Standard Z39.19, now titled Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies, has been revised and is available for ballot and review by all NISO Members. Balloting Period: April 11, 2005 to May 25, 2005
The revised draft standard and balloting instructions are at: www.niso.org/standards/balloting.html
The standard has been expanded considerably and grown to 172 pages. In this revision of the Z39.19 standard:
- More user-friendly language is incorporated and explanations of important concepts and principles are provided.
- The standard takes into account changes in information technology, the various ways that users search or browse, and the many types of content they find.
- The scope of the revised standard addresses the needs presented by a variety of information producing organizations and different types of content; examples throughout the document are relevant to business and industry.
This revised standard is a collaboration among a number of NISO members andleading experts in the information field. The process used demonstrates a shift in NISO's standards development approach. The parameters of the revision were first defined at a pre-standards workshop NISO held in 1999. With the support of The H.W. Wilson Foundation, The Getty Grant Program, and the National Library of Medicine resources were provided to undertake the revision.
The following persons were members of the development team that revised Z39.19:
- Emily Fayen (MuseGlobal), Project Lead
- Vivian Bliss (Microsoft Corporation)
- Carol Brent (ProQuest Information and Learning)
- David Clarke (Synapse Corporation)
- John Dickert (U.S. Department of Defense, DTIC)
- Lynn El-Hoshy (Library of Congress)
- Patricia Harpring (The Getty Foundation)
- Stephen Hearn (representing the American Library Association)
- Marjorie Hlava (Access Innovations, Inc.)
- Sabine Kuhn (Chemical Abstracts Service)
- Pat Kuhr (The H.W. Wilson Company)
- Paula McCoy (ProQuest Information and Learning)
- Diane McKerlie (DMA Consulting)
- Peter Morville (Semantic Studios)
- Stuart Nelson (National Library of Medicine)
- Allan Savage (National Library of Medicine)
- Diane Vizine-Goetz (OCLC, Inc.)
- Trish Yancey (Synapse Corporation)
Marcia Lei Zeng (representing the Special Libraries Association) Cynthia Hodgson, on NISO's editorial staff, worked closely with the revision group to see this project through to completion.
NISO's thanks goes to this outstanding group for their time, talent, expertise, and dedication.