ISO Metadata Working Group

From Wed Jul 15 09:50:45 1998
Date:    Wed, 15 Jul 1998 15:36:39 +0100
Subject: ISO Metadata Working Group
From:    Brian Kelly <>

Following my message on who looks after RDF schemas, I'm forwarding this
message about an ISO Metadata group.


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Date:      Wed, 15 Jul 1998 08:23:08 -0400
From:      Eliot Christian <>
To:        Multiple recipients of list <>
Subject:   ISO Metadata Working Group

The Information Standards Organization and International Electrotechnical
Commission (ISO/IEC) has a Joint Technical Committee on Information
Technology (JTC1). ISO/IEC JTC1 Subcommittee 32, Data Management and
Interchange, met last week in Brisbane and approved a Metadata Working
Group (WG2). I will be Convenor of SC32 WG2 for the next 3 years.

The Scope of the ISO/IEC Metadata Working Group is as follows:


SC 32 WG2 Metadata is responsible for standards that facilitate
specification and management of metadata.  Use of these standards
will enhance the understanding and sharing of data, information,
and processes to support, for example, interoperability,
electronic commerce, and component-based development.

The scope shall include:

a)    a framework for specifying and managing metadata;
b)    specification and management of metadata elements,
      structures, and their associated semantics;
c)    specification and management of value domains, such
      as classification and code schemes;
d)    specification and management of data about processes
      and behaviour;
e)    facilities to manage metadata, for example: data
      dictionaries, repositories, information resource
      dictionary systems, registries, and glossaries;
f)    facilities to exchange metadata, including its semantics,
      over the Internet, intranets and other media.


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