Coffee cup with vocabulary words printed on it. A word cloud.Common terminology in one standard

ISO 30300 (2020) Records management: Core concepts and vocabulary is the single terminology standard for SC 11 products. It is now the authoritative source for definitions for all products of SC 11.  When other products are revised, they will align with this terminology. New products will take into account this terminology from the beginning.

A common terminology helps in the understanding of the standards and facilitate the translation to other languages. The standard also can be used beyond the standardization in the records management domain.

This standard includes 6 concept diagrams to understand the relationships between concepts and terms. 70 terms are defined, including the 21 common terms for the management system standards.

Since 2008, when drafting the first terminology standard of TC 46/SC 11 -'ISO 30300 Management systems for records - Fundamentals and terminology' was started, a group of experts led by Xiaomi An from China has worked on building a common terminology. The work is based on the guidelines of "ISO 704:2009 Terminology work - Principles and methods", and "ISO 860:2007 Terminology work - Harmonization of concepts and terms".  The work was also influenced by terminology groups for other Managements Systems Standards (MSS), which at that time were establishing the core definitions now mandatory in these types of standards.


Carlota Bustelo
Carlota Bustelo
Convenor ISO/TC 46/SC 11/WG 8, Management systems for records


Xiaomi An
Xiaomi An
Project Leader WG 8, Records management: Core concepts and vocabulary and Convenor WG22, Records management in structured data environments