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Mellon Grant Awarded to NISO to Encode E-Resource License Templates in ONIX-PL (April 18, 2013)
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the National Information Standards Organization a grant to support the encoding of a collection of template licenses for e-resources into the ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL) format. The encodings will be deposited into the GOKb and KB+ knowledgebase for free distribution to the library, publishing, and library systems community. The deposited encodings—made available under a Creative Commons Public Domain (CC-0) license—will allow libraries that license electronic content to import the template licenses into their own electronic resource management systems for further local customization to match their negotiated license and implementation. The project will also fund publicly available training resources that will inform community members on how to use those encodings for their own purposes. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Annual Year in Review Issue of Information Standards Quarterly (April 8, 2013)
The Spring 2013 issue of the National Information Standard Organization's Information Standards Quarterly magazine—providing a summary of the 2012 standards development work conducted by NISO and by the international ISO Information and Documentation committee (TC46)—has been published in open access on the NISO website. NISO provides this Year in Review issue on an annual basis to keep readers apprised of all the accomplishments of our community in the past year. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice for Institutional Identifier  (April 5, 2013)
NISO announces the publication of a new Recommended Practice: Institutional Identification: Identifying Organizations in the Information Supply Chain. This Recommended Practice describes the work done by the NISO Institutional Identifier (I²) Working Group to define the requirements for a standard identifier for institutional identification in the supply chain. It also provides background on the collaboration agreement between the NISO I² Working Group and the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) International Agency to use the ISNI standard (ISO 27729) and the ISNI-IA's infrastructure for institutional identification, rather than publish a separate standard for institutions. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Presentation and Identification of E-Journals (March 27, 2013)
NISO announces the publication of a new Recommended Practice: PIE-J: Presentation & Identification of E-Journals (NISO RP-16-2013). This Recommended Practice was developed to provide guidance on the presentation of e-journals—particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of ISSN, and citation practices—to publishers and platform providers, as well as to solve some long-standing concerns of serials, collections, and electronic resources librarians. (Read the full press release.)

NISO to Host an Open In-person Bibliographic Roadmap Meeting (March 14, 2013)  
NISO will be hosting an in-person meeting in Baltimore on Monday-Tuesday, April 15-16, 2013 to engage the public conversation on the development of a Bibliographic Roadmap.  This un-conference-style gathering will be used to elicit and prioritize themes for greater discussion over the coming months.  Attendence is free and open to any in the community, although space is limited.  For more information about the meeting and to RSVP.

NISO Publishes Maintenance Revisions of Dublin Core and SUSHI Standards (March 6, 2013)
NISO announces the publication of maintenance revisions of two widely used standards: The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (ANSI/NISO Z39.85-2012) and The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2013). Both standards were revised to make very minor updates. [Read the full press release.]

NISO and OAI Release Draft for Comments of ResourceSync Framework Specification (February 11, 2013)
NISO and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) announce the release of a beta draft for comments of the ResourceSync Framework Specification for the web detailing various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources. Feedback to this version of the specification is solicited and can be shared by March 15, 2013 on the ResourceSync Google Group. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Standard for Open Access Metadata and Indicators (February 7, 2013)
NISO voting members have approved a new project to develop standardized bibliographic metadata and visual indicators to describe the accessibility of journal articles as well as potentially describe how “open” the item is. Many offerings are available from publishers under the banner of Open Access (OA), Increased Access, Public Access, or other descriptions; the terms offered vary between publishers and, in some cases, based on the funding organization of the author. Adding to the potential confusion, a number of publishers also offer hybrid options in which some articles are “open” while the rest of the journal’s content are available only by subscription or license. No standardized bibliographic metadata currently provides information on whether a specific article is freely readable and what re-use rights might be available to readers. Visual indicators or icons indicating the openness of an article are inconsistent in both design and use across publishers or even across journals from the same publisher. [Read the full press release.]

NISO and NFAIS Publish Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials (February 4, 2013)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) have published a new Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials (NISO RP-15-2013). Supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, but until now there has been no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, and preservation of these materials. To address this gap, NISO and NFAIS jointly sponsored an initiative to establish best practices that would provide guidance to publishers and authors for management of supplemental materials and would address related problems for librarians, abstracting and indexing services, and repository administrators. [Read the full press release.]