Over the last decade, ISs have increased not only in number but also in importance. ISs are now a significant element of any information policy in so far as they are instrumental to, and the facilitator of, bibliographic control, search and retrieval, resource discovery, information management and rights management.
If the ISSN is to become fully operative in the networked environment by becoming actionable, persistent and interoperable, its overhaul must become a priority. And if the library community wishes to have the dominant role in the standardisation of identification systems and networked information processes, it needs to become more active in those realms.
Friday, January 16, 2004
Identifiers and Identification Systems: An Informational Look at Policies and Roles from a Library Perspective by Giuseppe Vitiello appears in D-Lib Magazine January 2004, v. 10, no. 1.
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