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Subject: NISO Data Dictionary for Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images

NISO Data Dictionary for Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images

From: Pat Harris <pharris>
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2002
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 at <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:
<URL:>  (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 Division).

Pat Harris
Executive Director
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA
Fax: 301-654-1721

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