NSR has a great new interview posted with Andy Weissberg, VP of Identifier Services and Corporate Marketing at Bowker. One of Andy’s tasks at Bowker is the ISTC, the International Standard Text Code. This interview discusses the ISTC, ISBN, and other standards which relate to the publishing industry (for ordering/selling/tracking) and for libraries. It’s a long interview, but well worth the time. Caution, lots of Acroynms During the interview Andy mentions his ALA presentation, which you can see here. For more information on the ISTC see their website.
Last Friday at the NISO/BISG forum on changing standards I heard a presentation by Andy Weissberg at Bowker on the ISTC standard. This standard was adopted in March of 2009 and according to an ISTC press release, “The ISTC system provides a means of uniquely and persistently identifying textual works in information systems, and facilitates the exchange of information about such works between publishers, authors and authors associations, collective management organizations, libraries, search engines and others on an international level. The ISTC makes it possible to group products containing the same content, or even in some cases, different content with the same origins, together, optimizing their discoverability in search engines, retail and library cataloging systems. Continue reading