Featured on the NISO Homepage in 2012

 

NISO and UKSG Announce Five More Publishers Endorse KBART (October 3, 2012)
NISO and the UKSG are pleased to announce that BioOne, JSTOR, LOCKSS, the Royal Society of Chemistry and SpringerLink (hosted by Metapress) are the most recent organizations to publicly endorse the Phase I recommendations of the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) Working Group, a joint NISO/UKSG initiative that is exploring data problems within the OpenURL supply chain. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile as a Recommended Practice (September 17, 2012)
NISO announces the publication of the COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile (NISO RP-14-2012). The new Recommended Practice provides a practical implementation structure to be used in the creation of reports and services related to harvesting of COUNTER Release 4 reports using the NISO SUSHI Protocol. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Themed Issue of Information Standards Quarterly on Linked Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (September 10, 2012)
NISO announces the publication of a special themed issue of the Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) magazine on Linked Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. ISQ Guest Content Editor, Corey Harper, Metadata Services Librarian, New York University has pulled together a broad range of perspectives on what is happening today with linked data in cultural institutions. [Read the full press release].

An Interview with Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) (August 28 2012)
David Nicholson, Journals Publishing Director, Life Sciences and Alice Meadows, Director, Society Relations interviews Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO about the organization and standards development for Wiley-Blackwell's Publishing News blog. More

NISO Publishes Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) Standard (August 22, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new American National Standard, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012. JATS provides a common XML format in which publishers and archives can exchange journal content by preserving the intellectual content of journals independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered. In addition to the element and attribute descriptions, three journal article tag sets (the Archiving and Interchange Tag Set, the Journal Publishing Tag Set, and the Article Authoring Tag Set) are part of the standard. While designed to describe the textual and graphical content of journal articles, it can also be used for some other materials, such as letters, editorials, and book and product reviews. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes New Version of NCIP - NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (August 22, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of the two-part American National Standard on the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP), ANSI/NISO Z39.83. NCIP addresses the need for interoperability among disparate circulation, interlibrary loan, consortial borrowing, and self-service applications by standardizing the exchange of messages between and among computer-based applications. Part 1 of the standard defines the Protocol and Part 2: Implementation Profile provides a practical implementation structure. The NCIP protocol is widely supported in integrated library systems (ILS) and resource sharing software. [Read the full press release.]

NISO and DAISY Consortium Publish Authoring and Interchange Framework Standard (August 7, 2012)
NISO and the DAISY Consortium announce the publication of the new American National Standard Authoring and Interchange Framework (ANSI/NISO Z39.98-2012). The standard defines how to represent digital information using XML to produce documents suitable for transformation into different universally accessible formats. The standard is a revision, extension, and enhancement of Specifications for the Digital Talking Book (DTB), commonly referred to as the DAISY standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005(R2012)). [Read the full press release.]

NISO and NFAIS Issue Draft for Public Comment of Second Part of Recommended Practice on Supplemental Materials for Journal Articles (July 30, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) have issued a new Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials, Part B: Technical Recommendations (NISO RP-15-201x) for public comment until September 15, 2012. The draft currently available for comment includes the recommendations from the Technical Working Group; the Business Group draft recommendations were issued earlier this year. Following the current public comment period, the two parts will be finalized and combined into the final Recommended Practice. [Read the full press release.]
 

We've Moved! Update Your Records (July 29, 2012)
The NISO Offices have moved to 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302, Baltimore, MD 21211. Our telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other contact information will remain the same.

NISO Voting Members Elect New Vice Chair and Directors to Lead the Organization in 2012-2013 (June 27, 2012)
The membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2012-2013 term that begins on July 1, 2012. Barbara Preece, Dean of the Library California State University, San Marcos, who previously served as Vice Chair, will become Chair of NISO for the 2012-13 term. Heather Reid has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors and will transition into the chairmanship in the 2013-14 term. Reid is Director of Data Systems at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and currently serves as a member of NISO's Board of Directors. She has more than 25 years experience in libraries and publishing including past positions at the Harvard University Library and EBSCO Publishing. In her current position, she leads the team responsible for maintaining CCC's extensive database of bibliographic and rights data. She also sits on the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Rights Committee, which is engaged in the development of a standard format for the expression of rights information, and BISG's Content Structure Committee, which develops best practices for representing book content for print and digital output. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs (June 20, 2012)
Interested participants from all library types, publishers, and service agencies are encouraged to contact NISO
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to develop recommended practices for the Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs. Many libraries have embraced DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) to present many more titles to their patrons for potential use and purchase than would ever be feasible under the traditional purchase model. If implemented correctly, DDA can make it possible to purchase only what is needed, allowing libraries to spend the same amount of money as they previously spent on monographs, but with a higher rate of use. However, this model requires libraries to develop and implement new procedures for adding titles to a “consideration pool”, for keeping unowned titles available for purchase for some future period, often years after publication, for providing discovery methods of titles in the pool, establishing rules on when a title gets purchased or only temporarily leased, and how potential titles are discovered, and for handling of multiple formats of a title.  [Read the full press release]

NISO Begins Process of National Standardization of the 3M Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP) (June 7, 2012)
Interested parties invited to join the standard's working group
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to formalize the 3M Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP) as an American National Standard. Introduced in 1993, the SIP protocol provides a mechanism for Integrated Library Systems (ILS) applications and self-service devices to communicate seamlessly to perform self-service transactions. This protocol quickly became a de facto standard around the world, and remains the primary protocol to integrate ILS and self-service devices. Since the protocol's inception, 3M has continued to produce updated versions of it-most recently version 3.0 in late 2011. A NISO Working Group will now shepherd SIP 3.0 through the standardization process of becoming an American National Standard. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Updated Recommended Practice on SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (June 4, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new edition of the recommended practice SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (NISO RP-7-2012). The SERU Recommended Practice offers a mechanism that can be used as an alternative to a license agreement by expressing commonly shared understandings between content providers and libraries. These understandings include such things as the definition of authorized users, expectations for privacy and confidentiality, and online performance and service provisions. The 2012 updated version of SERU recognizes both the importance of making SERU more flexible for those who want to expand its use beyond e-journals, while acknowledging the fact that consensus for other types of e-resource transactions are not as well-established as they are for e-journals. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Releases Draft Recommended Practice on Presentation and Identification of E-Journals for Public Comment (May 30, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the release of the draft Recommended Practice PIE-J: Presentation & Identification of E-Journals (NISO RP-16-201x) for public review and comment through July 5, 2012. 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 librarians. In addition to the recommendations, the document includes extensive examples of good practices using screenshots from various publishers' online journals platforms; a discussion of helpful resources for obtaining title history and ISSN information; an overview of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and key points for using it correctly; an explanation of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®), the registration agency CrossRef, and tips on using DOIs for journal title management; and a review of related standards and recommended practices. [Read the full press release.]

NISO E-book Annotation Sharing Workshops Identify Need for Cross-Platform Interoperability and Standardization (April 16, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization has published the final report on the Standards Development Workshops on E-Book Annotation Sharing and Social Reading, a project funded by a $48,500 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of this project was to organize two meetings to discuss the current state of annotation of digital books and sharing those annotations on a variety of platforms. The first of the two meetings was held in Frankfurt, Germany, prior to the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the second was held in San Francisco, California, prior to the start of the Books In Browsers Meeting hosted by the Internet Archive. Both meetings were held in October 2011 on the 10th and 26th respectively. Among the outcomes for the meetings was an increased awareness of the need for a standard for locating reference points in digital texts as well as a structure for sharing those annotations across reading systems. The most significant outcome of this initiative is the launch of a new standards working group within NISO to formulate the syntax for locating an annotation reference point and a structure for sharing annotations between diverse reading systems. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Revised Recommended Practice for RFID in U.S. Libraries (April 3, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization announces the availability of RFID in U.S. Libraries (NISO RP-6-2012), a revision of the 2008 Recommended Practice that provides a set of practices and procedures to ensure interoperability among U.S. RFID implementations in libraries. By following these recommendations, libraries can ensure that an RFID tag in one library can be used seamlessly by another, assuming both comply, even if they have different suppliers for tags, hardware, and software. [Read the full press release.]

NISO 2012 Educational Programs Run the Gamut from Metadata to Embracing the Clouds (March 21, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) continues its robust offering of educational programs in 2012 with 14 webinars, three forums, 10 teleconferences, and a series of four joint webinars with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). Webinar program topics cover a wide variety of standards and technology areas of interest to the library, publishing, and scholarly information communities including: metadata, e-books, linked data, usage statistics, discovery innovations, metrics for scholarship, e-resource platforms, and library cloud implementations. For the third year, NISO and the DCMI will hold a series of joint webinars, with 2012's focus on various aspects of linked data including library cataloging metadata, webpage microdata, scientific research data, and RDFa. NISO's in-person forums will address managing and citing research data and the e-book renaissance, in addition to the 6th annual joint forum with the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) on The Changing Standards Landscape, held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Rounding out the 2012 program are free open teleconferences providing updates on NISO standards development and offering the community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. [Read the full press release]

NISO Publishes White Paper on the Future Standardization Needs for Electronic Resource Management Systems (February 1, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of Making Good on the Promise of ERM: A Standards and Best Practices Discussion Paper. This publication is the outcome of the NISO Electronic Resource Management (ERM) Data Standards and Best Practices Project, a successor to the Digital Library Federation's Electronic Resources Management Initiative (ERMI). The project's primary goals were to perform a "gap analysis" of standards and best practices and make recommendations on the future of the ERMI Data Dictionary. [Read the full press release]

NISO and NFAIS Issue Draft for Public Comment of Recommended Practice on Supplemental Materials for Journal Articles (January 31, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) have issued a new Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials, Part A: Business Policies and Practices (NISO RP-15-201x) for public comment ending on February 29, 2012. Although supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, there is no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, or preservation of these materials. To address this gap, NISO and NFAIS jointly sponsored a working group to establish best practices that would provide guidance to publishers and authors for management of supplemental materials and would solve related problems for librarians, abstracting and indexing services, and repository administrators. The Supplemental Materials project has two groups working in tandem: one to address business practices and one to focus on technical issues. The draft currently available for comment includes the recommendations from the Business Working Group. [Read the full press release]

NISO Publishes New Recommended Practice on Physical Delivery of Library Resources (January 19, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of the new recommended practice: Physical Delivery of Library Resources (NISO RP-12-2012). The physical delivery of library materials is an integral component of the library resource sharing process. Despite the ever-increasing availability of electronic journals, e-books, and other digital resources, the movement of physical items remains a major concern and a major cost for many libraries. In one state, borrowing of returnable items increased by 107.4% in six years. A recent study showed that the average academic library spends more than $6,800/year for delivery services, with some libraries paying as high as $60,000. Given such volumes, libraries are struggling to deal with the labor and equipment costs, material wear and tear, and transit and sorting needs. [Read the full press release]

NISO Releases Updated Draft of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding for Public Comment (January 5, 2012)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the availability of a draft update of SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding for public comment (NISO RP-7-201X) through February 19, 2012. SERU offers publishers and libraries the opportunity to save both the time and the costs associated with a negotiated and signed license agreement for e-resources by both content provider and customer agreeing to operate within a framework of shared understanding and good faith. The SERU framework provides a set of common understandings for parties to reference as an alternative to a formal license when conducting business. [Read the full press release]