Procedures for an Internationally Registered Profile (IRP) --
Development/Submission, Review, Approval, and Revision
An Internationally Registered Profile , or IRP, is a
profile that has been reviewed for technical conformance by the standards
group responsible for the application protocol(s) to which the profile
pertains. The profile identifies a standard or group of standards,
together with options and parameters necessary to accomplish a function or
set of functions. The protocols to which this procedure may be applied
are ISO 23950 (Z39.50 Information Retrieval Protocol) and ISO 10160/10161-
1 (Interlibrary Loan).
To be considered for registration, the profile must have been developed by
a recognized group of users and have potentially wide use and
Submission, Review, and Approval
The procedure for development/submission, review, and registration of an
Internationally Registered Profile (IRP) is detailed below. All reviews
and approval processes will be carried out electronically and the final
registered IRP will be available electronically.
The following guidelines regarding the development process, preceding the
submission of the Draft IRP (DIRP) to TC 46/SC4, shall be followed:
- The proposing group(s) will prepare the DIRP in a consultative manner
as widely as practical within the community in which the IRP will be
- The DIRP will include the following information:
- Area of use for the DIRP.
- Identification of the group(s) responsible for the
development and those consulted during the development.
- Brief description and overview, including a brief
description of the development process with time frames.
- Status as designated by group(s) adopting or approving the
- Content of DIRP.
The DIRP will be reviewed and registered in TC46/SC4 according to the
- Technical review (2 months) by ISO TC 46/SC4/WG4 to assure
conformance to the application protocols, ISO 10160 and 10161-1, and
ISO 23950, and any underlying protocols and standards referenced. As
part of this review, TC46/SC4/WG4 will make the DIRP electronically
available on the Maintenance Agency's Web Page and will publicize its
availability and encourage widespread review by the community of
- Consideration of comments, if any, by the proposing group and
revision of the DIRP, if necessary. If the profile requires technical
changes it is reviewed by WG4 or a representative of WG4 to see that
corrections have been made and, if they have, it is registered.
- Registration of the IRP by the Maintenance Agency, with free
electronic access to IRP provided through links on the Maintenance
Agency Web page.
The steps for revision of an IRP are the same as those for the preparation
of a new IRP. Periodically the Maintenance Agency will check with the
originating group concerning the use and need for the IRP. If the
originating group no longer exists as such, a group of users will be
designated to assume editorial maintenance. If there are no users to
assume maintenance, the IRP will be deleted from the register after a
reasonable length of time.