• We’ve changed our policy, but we can’t SHOW you the policy…

    by  • 11/29/2004 • geek, life • 0 Comments

    Ah yes, gotta love the government’s librarians. Below is the chain of emails regarding my ISSN application, with my comments in bold

    From: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    To: “rgmurray@xxx” <rgmurray@xxx>
    Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 07:13:45 -0500
    Subject: RE: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    Thank you for your application. Weblogs are no longer assigned ISSNs; there
    are millions of blogs and ISSN Centers do not have the resources to register
    them.

    From: Richard Murray <rgmurray@xxx>
    To: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 08:09:14 -0800
    Subject: Re: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    I’m not sure I understand… The only item that I can see that might
    indicate that you don’t provide numbers to web logs is the following;

    “Commercial web sites, personal web pages, web pages which contain
    only links to other URLs and short-lived or dead web sites are not
    considered as having priority for ISSN assignments.”

    I do not believe that I fall into that category, as the publication I
    applied for is neither a personal web page nor a page that simply
    links to other pages. It’s a serial publication that contains news
    and information about current events, many of which are relevant to
    the blogging community. I have neither pictures of my cat, nor do I
    talk about how much I hate my parents in my writings, so I would
    suggest that my publication is not your typical web log and would ask
    that you reconsider or that the online application form more clearly
    defines what you won’t issue an ISSN number to.

    Thank you

    From: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    To: Richard Murray <rgmurray@xxx>
    Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 11:22:10 -0500
    Subject: RE: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    Thank you for your comments. At the last ISSN Director’s Meeting it was
    decide that weblogs would no longer be assigned ISSNs. It’s too difficult to
    just assign ISSNs to certain weblogs; those who were refused would argue
    that they should be eligible.

    Gosh, you mean that people would argue that they should be eligible when they applied and were within the guidelines? The nerve of those guys

    From: Richard Murray <rgmurray@xxx>
    To: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 08:27:32 -0800
    Subject: Re: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    Where could I find this decision online or at my library?

    From: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    To: Richard Murray <rgmurray@xxx>
    Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 11:48:57 -0500
    Subject: RE: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    The sentence “ISSN are not assigned to Weblogs” will soon be added to our
    application form. Ah, government workers… not listening to the question…

    From: Richard Murray <rgmurray@xxx>
    To: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 08:56:55 -0800
    Subject: Re: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    I’m actually inquiring about the minutes for this director’s meeting,
    should they be available, and for a ISBN or ISSN for such an item so
    that I might request it at my library and read about the decision.

    From: Richard Murray <rgmurray@xxx>
    To: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2004 18:21:22 -0800 I gave them a couple days to get back, and nothing…
    Subject: Re: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    I’m still awaiting information on where I can find a record of this
    decision from the Directors’ Meeting that was referenced.

    Thanks.

    From: ISSN Canada <issn@lac-bac.gc.ca>
    To: Richard Murray <rgmurray@xxx>
    Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 07:06:42 -0500
    Subject: RE: ISSN Application Form for Canadian Serial Publications

    Minutes of the meeting are internal; they are not distributed to the public.
    This is our final correspondence on the matter. Thank you.

    I’m thinking that I’ll apply for an ISSN weekly. Maybe daily. Maybe there needs to be a print distribution of this web log, just to have an ISSN for THAT version of it. If they officially change the policy internationally, you’d think that one or more of the ISSN web pages would explicitly mention this weblog exclusion in a press release, or a note regarding this Directors’ Meeting that took place over a month ago. Most of the web sites appear to be frequently updated, but they miss something like this?


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