Comments and suggestions about this project are welcomed!

Please email:
Alaina-Marie Bassett or
Simon Edwards

Migrating to ISO28560-2:  The Exeter Experience

A paper by Stephen Mossop (2013)

This paper by Stephen Mossop at Exeter University is a case study on migrating from one RFID standard to the ISO28560-2 as recommended by BIC.

Read it here.



Library RFID: Implementing ISO 28560

A paper by Mick Fortune and Simon Edwards (September 2011)

This paper is aimed primarily at libraries which have already implemented RFID systems and need to know whether, when and how to gain the maximum benefit from becoming compliant with the new ISO standard.

Read it here.


Tendering for RFID Systems: A Core Specification for Libraries

June 2011

This important paper by Mick Fortune of Library RFID and Mark Hughes of Swansea University, jointly published by BIC and the National Acquisitions Group, provides libraries intending to issue tender documents for radio frequency ID systems with a comprehensive checklist of questions they should ask themselves and their suppliers in order to ensure that they will get the functionality and levels of interoperability they require.

Read it here.


UK Profile for ISO 28560-2

The ISO 28560 standard for tag structure and content for library applications of RFID has now been published and is available through the International Standards Organization. During the standardisation process, BIC has overseen the taking of two important steps towards establishing a more homogeneous and interoperable library RFID market in the UK. The first was the agreement, in January 2009, to adopt ISO 28560-2 as the UK National standard for an RFID data model. The second is a recommended UK National Profile, defining the use of this standard in library operations.

Whilst the full ISO standard makes available a total of 26 data ‘elements' for use in the library market, many of these are more relevant to the supply chain than to the everyday operational requirements of libraries. After detailed discussions - mediated by the BIC/CILIP RFID in Libraries Group - the major RFID suppliers agreed to promote a UK National Profile that contains only three mandatory fields, but which allows for the needs of individual libraries - and their suppliers - to be met through a larger number of optional elements.

Now that the standard has been published, a final version of the UK profile, originally issued in March 2010, has now been produced which includes explanatory notes on how the recommended elements should be used.

Use of the profile is entirely voluntary but it is anticipated that the demand from libraries for suppliers to adopt a common approach to data standards in RFID will ensure that it is widely adopted in the UK.

See the UK profile here.


Complying with ISO 28560 and the UK data model

by Mick Fortune and Simon Edwards (December 2010)

This report discusses the importance of full compliance with the Standard and the way in which it can be achieved.

Click here to see it.

A Guide to RFID in Libraries

by Simon Edwards and Mick Fortune (November 2008)

Click here

RFID at the University of Central Lancashire

A case study by Stephen Mossop (August 2008)

Click here


BIC/CILIP RFID Implementation Checklist

This RFID Implementation Checklist was prepared by the BIC/CILIP RFID in Libraries Group for
distribution to delegates at the RFID in Libraries Conference 2005 organised by CILIP Enterprises.

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RFID in Libraries standardisation

A progress report from January 2007: click here

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