RFID in libraries – ISO 28560

ISO TC46/SC4/WG11 RFID in libraries



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RFID in libraries. Links to external materials



RFID in libraries. Q&A



Summary of ISO 28560. RFID in libraries



Conformance guidelines ISO 28560. RFID in libraries

Guidelines for development of ISO 28560-2 conformant devices


Guidelines for development of ISO 28560-3 conformant devices



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Historical ISO 28560 documents




Convener of ISO TC46/SC4/WG11:

Henrik Wendt, hwe.hb.uk@Taarnby.dk




23 February 2015

ISO/TS 28560-4:2014 Encoding of RFID data elements based on rules from ISO/IEC 15962 in an RFID tag with partitioned memory was published by ISO late in 2014.


This part 4 of the ISO 28560 series defines encoding rules for those libraries that choose to use UHF RFID technology operating at 860 MHz to 960 MHz. The specification uses encoding rules that are specified in ISO/IEC 15962, as does ISO 28560-2. Some of the encoding rules are different because of the nature of the different RFID technology, but a number of rules are similar if not identical. ISO 28560-1 defines a standard data model. ISO 28560-2 and ISO 28560-3 define – in contrast to TS 28560-4 - encoding rules for those libraries that use High Frequency (HF) RFID technology operating at 13.56 MHz (ie almost all libraries).


15 October 2014

The ISO/TC 46 SC4 meeting held in June 2013 decided to prepare minor revisions of ISO 28560 parts 1, 2 and 3. After ballot on the proposed changes the standards are now published by the minor revisions. The minor changes concern:

·         ISO 28560-1:2014:

Chap. 4 User data elements (4.2.19, 4.2.20).

Annex C Type of usage code values.

·         ISO 28560-2:2014:

Chap 6 Data elements (6.16, 6.17, 6.19, 6.20).

Chap 7 Data encoding (7.4.4,,

·         ISO 28560-3:2014:

Chap 6 Data elements (Table 1 row N1, N3, N5, N19, N20, N23).

Annex B (error corrected in Table B.1).


5 August 2014

Leif Andresen stepped down at the ISO TC46/SC4 meeting May 2004. New convener is Preben Aagaard Nielsen, Danish Agency for Culture.


7 April 2014

The RFID in libraries. Q&A is updated with two more Q&A’s:

·         What if the ISIL is a WorldCat Symbol – is “OCLC” needed as prefix?

·         What if an ISIL don’t fulfill the ISO 15511 ISIL requirement to characters?


31 March 2014

The FDIS ballot about the minor revision of ISO 28560-1, 28560-2 and 28560-3 is now concludes with approval all three with zero NO votes. Only a few editorial comments, so it will take short time before the three revised standards go to publication.

Links to documents relevant for the 2011 version are moved to Historical ISO 28560 documents.


3 March 2014

The ballot about ISO/TS 28560-4, Information and documentation - RFID in Libraries - Part 4: Encoding of data elements based on rules from ISO/IEC 15962 in an RFID tag with partitioned memory

Is concluded with 21 YES votes and 4 abstain. The standard will go for publication after treatment of the editorial comments.


3 March 2014

The ballot about the minor revision of ISO 28560-1, 28560-2 and 28560-3 is out for a FDIS ballot, which will conclude 27 March 2014. The minor revision takes the clarifications (see ISO 28560 Clarifications to the left) and the other preparations (see Preparations for next version of ISO 28560 to the left) into account. 









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