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ISO TC46/SC11: International Standards and the GC Directive on Recordkeeping
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The International Standards Organization (ISO) has over 200 technical committees (TC) developing standards in a range of subjects including:
ISO TC46 (Information and documentation) has four Sub-committees that develop international standards in librarianship, archives and recordkeeping:
- - SC04 Technical Interoperability
- - SC08 Quality: Statistics and Performance Evaluation
- - SC09 Identification and Description
- - SC11 Archives and Records Management
The work of these groups is reflected in the development of GC policy instruments, guidelines, and tools for librarianship and recordkeeping. For example:
- ISO TC46/SC11 – Scope: "Standardization of principles for the creation and management of documents, records, and archives as evidence of transactions and covering all media including digital multimedia and paper".
- ISO TC46/SC11 Membership: 40 + countries including public, private, academic sector archives and RK/RM organizations (e.g. LAC, NARA, BNF, NA (AUS), NA (NZ), ARMA), private consultants, national Standards Council bodies, etc.
- ISO TC46/SC11 Working Groups:
- - Revision of ISO 15489 as a management system standard for records;
- - Metadata for records
- - Work process analysis for records;
- - Long-term preservation of e-records;
- - Digitization of records;
- - Digital records conversion and migration;
- - Risk assessment for records;
- - Business continuity/vital records.
Benefits of ISO TC46 standards
- Provides a baseline for internationally recognized best practices in librarianship and recordkeeping;
- Ensures consistent levels of quality, performance, reliability;
- Enables better communication nationally and internationally;
- Influences key Canadian objectives in librarianship and recordkeeping;
- Enhances business procedures and methodologies to support innovation, research, and greater Canadian economic prosperity.
Influence of international standards on the GC Directive on Recordkeeping
ISO 15489 – Records Management
Provides guidance on creating, capturing and managing records in public, private, and academic organizations.
ISO 26122 – Work Process Analysis for Records
Provides a method for identifying the critical points of a business process when records should be made and retained.
ISO 23081 – Metadata for Records
Provides concepts and principles for creating, implementing, and managing metadata for records.
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