The International Standardization Organization (ISO) is an independent member-based non-governmental organization with 161 national standards bodies. ISO brings together experts to develop voluntary consensus-based International Standards. These are then disseminated through the ISO national membership. In 2011, ISO embarked on their XML journey, with the following aims:
- Creation of a central repository of standards
- Improve speed to market also for national adoptions
- Broaden readership
- Reduce or avoid duplication of costs
- Streamline ISO production processes
The base DTD chosen was JATS and customizations were made to be able to capture standards-type metadata and content. This became known as the ISOSTS (standards tag set). The first acid test of the DTD was to create the central repository with content in a common form, ie, convert ISO’s legacy content from Word/cPDF/scanned PDF to ISOSTS-compliant XML. How ISO went about this task is the subject of this paper.