Featured on the NISO Homepage in 2009

IDPF Board of Directors Election Results December 2009 [December 18, 2009]
Voting closed to fill the seven open IDPF Board of Director seats, plus position of IDPF President at 2400 EST on Thursday December 17th. Congratulations to George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium who has been elected IDPF President and automatically receives one of the open Board seats.

ISQ 2010 Editorial Calendar Available -- Contributions are Welcomed! [December 18, 2009]
Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) is NISO’s print and electronic magazine for communicating standards-based technology and best practices in library, publishing, and information technology, particularly where these three areas overlap. ISQ reports both on the progress of active developments and also on implementations, case studies, and best practices that show potentially replicable efforts.The 2010 Editorial Calendar is now availble indicating issue themes, and query and manuscript deadlines. We encourage you to contribute articles, columns, or conference reports that would be of interest to the NISO community.

NISO Approves New Work Item on OpenURL Quality Metrics [December 10, 2009]
This project builds on work already underway by Adam Chandler (Database Management and Electronic Resources Research Librarian, Central Library Operations, Cornell University Library) to investigate the feasibility of creating industry-wide transparent and scalable metrics for evaluating and comparing the quality of OpenURL implementations across content providers. This is envisioned as a two-year project. At the end of two years an evaluation process will be conducted and decision made on whether or not to continue the initiative, to be provided in a published NISO Technical Report. The proposal was reviewed and approved by the Business Information Topic Committee on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. More information can be found at www.niso.org/workrooms/openurlquality.

NISO Welcomes Microsoft Research as its Newest Voting Member [December 9, 2009]
NISO is pleased to announce that Microsoft Research has joined NISO as a Voting Member organization. You may not be aware that Microsoft Research has a group that focuses on education and scholarly communication projects. One of their completed projects was the Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Word that was developed with the DAISY Consortium and uses the NISO standard for Digital Talking Books. Of interest to NISO members: Article Authoring Add-in for Word 2007 using the NLM DTD (the basis of NISO's newest work item on standardized journal mark-up); Ontology Add-in for Word 2007; Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office; Electronic Journals Service; and Zentity, a repository platform for research output. In the information retrieval area, Microsoft Research has developed the Libra Academic Search. Other projects are addressing digitized book searching, multimedia searching, and a researcher's desktop. For more information on Microsoft Research., visit http://research.microsoft.com/. Microsoft's primary voting representative is Alex Wade, Director for Scholarly Communication in Microsoft External Research. Lee Dirks, Director of Education & Scholarly Communications in Microsoft External Research, is the alternate representative.

NISO Welcomes Emerald Publishing Group as its Newest Voting Member [December 1, 2009]
NISO is pleased to announce that the Emerald Publishing Group has joined NISO as a Voting Member organization. Emerald, headquartered in Bingley, UK, is an international publisher of business and management research. More than 3,000 university libraries worldwide subscribe to Emerald journal collections; Emerald also has published some 2,000 book titles and provides online access to over 100 book series titles. In the standards area, Emerald offers MARC records for both its print and electronic content free of charge. They provide COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, are a CrossRef member for reference linking, and support both Athens and Shibboleth authentication for institutional access. For more information on the Emerald Publishing Group, visit http://www.emeraldinsight.com/. Emerald's primary voting representative is Bill Russell, Marketing Director. Anna Drabble, Head of Marketing, is the alternate voting representative.

NISO to Develop Recommended Practice for Physical Delivery of Library Materials [November 11, 2009]
NISO is pleased to announce that the Working Group roster for this project is now finalized, and work will be commencing with a kick-off call of the group on November 18, 2009.

NISO November Teleconference Recording Now Available [November 10, 2009]
For the November 2009 NISO Open Teleconference call, George Kerscher, Chair of the DAISY Working Group that is undertaking a revision of the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 standard (Specifications for the Digital Talking Book -- see www.niso.org/workrooms/daisy) will provide an update on the status of the revision and share about next steps.

NISO Announces 2010 Educational Program Schedule, Discount Program [November 3, 2009]
Visit the 2010 Events Homepage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2010/
Continuing on the success of its 2009 educational programs, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces its 2010 education schedule. NISO will be hosting 16 events throughout the coming year: 13 webinars and three in-person events focusing on a range of technology- and standards-related topics affecting the library and publishing communities. Among the important topics that will be addressed are: assessment, interoperability, preservation, identification, RFID, metadata, and accessibility.

NISO Welcomes AIP as its Newest Voting Member
[November 3, 2009]
NISO is pleased to announce that the American Institute of Physics (AIP) has joined NISO as a Voting Member organization. Formed in 1931, AIP is a federation of ten member societies serving professionals in the physics disciplines. One of the major services they provide is publishing of both their own and other societies’ publications. With a publications portfolio from over 25 scientific and engineering societies, they are one of the world’s largest publishers of physics journals. AIP has been in the forefront of digital publishing, and AIP’s technology is built on standards. For more information on AIP, visit their website: www.aip.org. AIP’s primary member representative for NISO is Terry Hulbert, Director of Business Development. James Wonder, Director, Emerging Technology, is the alternative representative.

NISO Welcomes ACS as its Newest Voting Member [October 29, 2009]
NISO is pleased to announce that the American Chemical Society (ACS) joined NISO as a Voting Member organization, effective September 2009. ACS is a membership organization founded in 1876 for professionals working in chemistry and related disciplines involving chemistry. Today, there are more than 150,000 members from over 100 different countries. ACS is also a significant publisher of scholarly chemical literature. Their flagship journal, the Journal of the American Chemical Society was first published in April, 1879. Currently they publish some 50 journals and newsletters, as well as books, symposia, and other reference materials. The renowned Chemical Abstracts Service was begun in 1907 and now operates as a separate division of ACS, providing print, online, and CD products containing substance information and abstracts and indexes to scientific journals and patent literature around the world. For more information, visit their website at www.acs.org. The NISO voting representatives for ACS are: John P. Ochs, VP, Strategic Planning & Analysis (primary) and Anne O'Melia, VP, Journal Production & Mfg Operations (alternate).

NISO October Teleconference Recording Now Available [October 16, 2009]
For the October 2009 NISO Open Teleconference call, Gail Wanner, Chair of the NCIP Standing Committee and Resource Sharing Specialist, SirsiDynix, and Rob Walsh, President of EnvisionWare (Maintenance Agency for NCIP) will be sharing about the work that the NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol) Standing Committee has been doing, including a report of the September 22-24, 2009 in-person meeting.

SSO Authentication Roster Finalized [September 28, 2009]
This working group will be kicking off with their first call October 7, 2009. Join the SSOinfo list to keep track of this initiative as it progresses.

NISO September Teleconference Recording Now Available [September 16, 2009]
For the September 15, 2009 NISO Open Teleconference call, Peter McCracken, co-chair of the NISO/UKSG KBART Working Group (www.niso.org/workrooms/kbart), provided listeners with an update and review of the group's progress.

New NISO Proposal on Standardized Markup for Journal Articles [August 4, 2009]
A ballot has been opened to NISO Voting Members to approve a new work item on the "Standardized Markup for Journal Articles Based on the NLM's Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite."

New NISO Proposal on the Physical Delivery of Library Resources [August 3, 2009]
A ballot has been opened to NISO Voting Members to approve a new work item on the Physical Delivery of Library Resources.

EBSCO Releases SUSHI Software Development Kit (SDK) [August 20, 2009]
This SDK includes .Net classes that will facilitate working with COUNTER 3.0 data and SUSHI 1.6 services. More information and a link to the SDK is available at: www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi/tools

SERU Developers Receive Coutts Award [July 2009; March 3, 2009]
The Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has announced that Judy Luther, President of Informed Strategies, and Seiden Lamoureux, Electronic Resources Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries, are the winners of the Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management. The award, which recognizes contributions to electronic collections management and development practice, was given to Luther and Lamoureux for their development of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding.

Streamlining Book Metadata Workflow Report Published [July 7, 2009]
NISO and OCLC publish white paper that reveals opportunities in the book supply chain.

NISO to Undertake Gap Analysis of ERM-related Data and Standards [July 1, 2009]
Working Group now being formed. The deliverable will be a report for the Business Information Topic Committee highlighting current work that provides solutions for specific areas of ERM use, identifies gaps where work has not been done, and recommends appropriate further work.