New and Emerging Specs and Standards (July 2019)

ISO/IEC TS 24751-4:2019 Information technology for learning, education and training -- AccessForAll framework for individualized accessibility -- Part 4: Registry server API

Technical Committee: ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 36  Information technology for learning, education and training

“This document specifies an API in support of ISO/IEC DIS 24751-1. In particular, this document specifies: a data format (in JSON) for the exchange of registry entries (AfA concept records) between registry servers; and a set of RESTful operations for AfA registry servers to allow for the manipulation of AfA concept registry entries by external clients other than server-internal web interfaces.

ISO 15511:2019 Information and documentation -- International standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL)

Technical Committee: ISO/TC 46/SC 4  Technical interoperability

“This document specifies the International Standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL), which comprises a set of standard identifiers used for the unique identification of libraries and related organizations such as museums and archives with a minimum impact on already existing systems. An ISIL identifies an organization, i.e. a library or a related organization, or one of its subordinate units, which is responsible for an action or service in an informational environment (e.g. creation of machine-readable information). It can be used to identify the originator or holder of a resource (e.g. library material or a collection in an archive). The ISIL is intended for use by libraries and related organizations such as museums and archives and agencies doing business or interacting with these organizations (e.g. suppliers, publishers, and government institutions).”

W3C Invites Feedback on First Public Working Draft: Audiobook Profile for Web Publications

“The Publishing Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Audiobook Profile for Web Publications. This profile, derived from the structure laid out in the Web Publications specification, has been developed to address a major gap in the publishing ecosystem. Unlike the ebooks industry which predominantly uses the EPUB standard, Audiobooks never developed a common specification. This has created a distribution model where content creators create many different files for their distributors or retailers, leaving users behind. Our profile is focused on bringing a common, single manifest format to the industry. The manifest centers on providing a simple way for content creators to include identifying metadata, a reading order, and additional resources. Identifying metadata includes information like title, author, narrator, identifier, and duration. […] We hope that this specification will bring common ground to the industry, as well as pave the way for a standard way of including supplemental content, tables of contents, and accessibility in the format. We look forward to the publication of the first draft, and any feedback it will bring.”