Name and version: ISO/IEC 11179
Alternative name: Metadata registries (MDR)
Valid: From 2005 (edition 2)
Description: This is a standard for describing and managing the meaning and representation of data. The basic semantic unit is a concept. The standard is written in 6 parts, and the 2nd edition is the current version for each Their ISO number, name, and publication date are as follows::
Part 1 - ISO/IEC 11179-1 Framework 2004
Part 2 - ISO/IEC 11179-2 Classification 2005
Part 3 - ISO/IEC 11179-3 Metamodel and basic attributes 2003
Part 4 - ISO/IEC 11179-4 Formulation of data definitions 2004
Part 5 - ISO/IEC 11179-5 Naming and identification principles 2005
Part 6 - ISO/IEC 11179-6 Registration 2005
The framework of attributes for describing the meaning and representaiton is contained in Part 3. The management of these descriptions is done through a registry. The procedure for which is in Part 6, and the attributes are again in Part 3. ISO/IEC 11179 has an additional framework for attaching meaning, and that is through the use of classification. The attributes for describing the associations between a classification scheme and data descriptions are in Part2 and again in Part 3. Parts 4 and 5 give rules, guidelines, and principles for naiming, identification, and forming definitions. Finally, Part 1 is an overall description and justification of the other parts.
An edition 3 is planned. A publication date for all the parts is not yet set. Part 3 edtion 3 is expected to be published near the end of 2010. Significant additions are expected.
Intended use: ISO/IEC 11179 is intended to be used to manage the meaning and representation of data. It is not intended to be used solely to capture the structure of a database. It can be used alone or within a larger system. Other standards make use of it as well.
Maintenance organization: ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC32
(International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission / Joint Technical Committee 1 - Information technology / Sub-Committee 32 - Data managment and interchange)
ISO Standard Number: ISO/IEC 11179
References: The ISO/IEC 11179 family of standards is freely and publically available at http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/index.html
Relationships to other standards: Concept Map
Both DDI (Data Documentation Initiative <http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ddi>) and SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange <http://www.sdmx.org>) are based on ISO/IEC 11179 for their decriptions of data and their use of concepts as a basic semantic unit.
Description last updated / validated: 28 September 2009