'...to prevent over-writing of data by another device (not just another library...'
Ah yes, someone out there with the right kit *could* maliciously start overwriting tags, not just libraries doing it to each other inadvertently. In reality?
But in the first place it would be nice if the existing kiosk and desktop software started to gave more information to the staff as to what's on the tag - or not...
What appears to be a blank tag may not actually *be* a blank tag - a bit more 'feedback' to the operators would be useful. Not just 'this belongs to Library X' but something as simple as 'this tag isn't *actually* blank - Are You Sure you want to overwrite it (as opposed to just switching the security bits on and of, even though that is actually a 'Write')?
Does any Library RFID supplier's sofware actually do this yet?
From: Mick Fortune [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 22 July 2012 19:09
To: 'Discussion List for RFID in Libraries'; Usher, John
Subject: RE: Standards migration
Another reason to use the UK data model! There are at least three ISO standards that apply to RFID tags - only one of them - 28560 - relates to the data format though. The ISIL is one of the fields mandated by the UK data model and supported by 28560-2. ILL is just one of the things that would be more easily managed by using the data model - consortia borrowing for libraries using different RFID solutions (like the LLC) would be another.
Some earlier solutions allegedly (though never confirmed) used data locking ) but this proves too restrictive for other purposes so is not recommended.
I often wonder what else we might have been able to do better if libraries had been more involved in creating RFID solutions in the first place...
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From: Discussion List for RFID in Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Usher, John
Sent: 21 July 2012 13:30
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Subject: Re: Standards migration
We're going ISO programming on all tags, which raises some questions for us.
* This has a unique 'ISIL' identifier for each UK authority - in our case GB-UK-LoBI.
* This is not currently visible on the tag reading software we have.
* I've seen an ILL reservation from another authority be picked up on a nearby tag reader. The barcode format wasn't in a valid format for us, so it looked like an unprogrammed tag.
So - we can't see from the RFID who it belongs to if encoded ISO(OK - we can see from the date label, but no data printed on tag itself), so it's
(theoretically) possible for us to slap a barcode on it and overright the owner's tag detal.
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From: Discussion List for RFID in Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mick Fortune
Sent: 20 July 2012 08:02
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Subject: Standards migration
Have been told of a UK library that is migrating its stock to the new UK RFID data standard over the summer and have of course signed them up to come and tell us all about it in November!
I had previously heard from a couple of libraries seeking to do the same but who had so far received no reply from their supplier so it's heartening to know that there is at least one project now underway that honours the pledges made by RFID suppliers to do just this. I'd love to hear of any other libraries doing the same. I have been told there are "loads of them" - but can never find out who they are.
Given that more and more new implementations are using the standard in Australia, the US (and even the UK!) the ability of early adopters to switch over is likely to be quite important if they are going to be able to take advantage of new products and services based on the standard - let alone have the freedom to source RFID hardware from a wider range of suppliers.
I'm sure there are many different ways to carry out a successful migration (I can even think of three myself) so it would be very helpful to hear from the other libraries that have already done this what strategy they followed so that we can include it in the programme for November.
Thanks very much
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