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ISO / IEC 11179

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The International Standard ISO/IEC 11179 on metadata registries addresses the semantics of data, the representation of data, and the registration of the descriptions of data. ISO/IEC 11179 specifies the kind and quality of metadata necessary to describe data, and it specifies the management and administration of that metadata in a metadata registry (MDR).

The purposes of the ISO/IEC 11179 standard are to promote the following:

- standard description of data
- common understanding of data across organizational elements and between organizations
- re-use and standardization of data over time, space, and applications
- harmonization and standardization of data within an organization and across organizations
- management of the components of data
- re-use of the components of data

ISO/IEC 11179 is six part standard:

Part 1 - Framework - Contains an overview of the standard and describes the basic concepts
Part 2 - Classification - Describes how to manage a classification scheme in a metadata registry
Part 3 - Registry metamodel and basic attributes - Provides the basic conceptual model, including the basic attributes and relationships, for a metadata registry
Part 4 - Formulation of data definitions - Rules and guidelines for forming quality definitions for data elements and their components
Part 5 - Naming and identification principles - Describes how to form conventions for naming data elements and their components
Part 6 - Registration - Specifies the roles and requirements for the registration process in an ISO/IEC 11179 metadata registry.

Source Publication:
ISO/IEC FDIS 11179-1 "Information technology - Metadata registries - Part 1: Framework", March 2004.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:

Created on Thursday, July 07, 2005

Last updated on Monday, December 19, 2005