NISO DEIA Webinars



Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee has been charged with helping us identify and prioritize concrete actions in support of DEIA in the information community. This series of three webinars — open to everyone, free of charge — represents our first step toward achieving this. Based on feedback from over 200 respondents to our recent community survey (open May 3 - June 4), the workshops will focus on metadata that supports DEIA.

Each virtual event will be held twice (9.30-11.30am ET and 8.00-10.00pm ET) to accommodate all time zones, and will follow the same format: 

  • Welcome and objectives for the workshop
  • Keynote(s)
  • Discussion/Q&A
  • Wrap up and next steps

Sign up by clicking on the time slot(s) of your choice below:

Event Sessions

Workshop #1: Metadata to Support DEIA: October 4, 2021


Brian M. Watson

University of British Columbia School of Information and Homosaurus Editorial Board

This event was moderated by NISO DEIA Committee Co-Chairs Karim Boughida, University of Rhode Island Libraries and Maria Stanton, Atla. We were privileged to hear from three expert speakers — Treshani Perera, University of Kentucky; Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research Library Partnership; and Brian M. Watson, University of British Columbia School of Information, and Homosaurus Editorial Board.

The speakers' slides are below, and a recording of their presentations is now openly available on our Cadmore repository. We’ve also created a web page of links to the resources mentioned, which we hope you’ll find helpful.


Additional Information

Everyone who registers for these workshops will receive sign-on instructions via email on the Friday prior to the virtual event. If you have not received your instructions by the day before an event, please contact NISO headquarters for assistance via email (

Links to the archived recording of the broadcast are distributed to registrants 24-48 hours following the close of the live event, and will also be shared on this page. Recordings may be downloaded from the Zoom platform for local viewing. 

We use the Zoom platform for our live events. Zoom provides apps for a variety of computing devices (tablets, laptops, etc.) To view the broadcast, you will need a device that supports the Zoom app. You may also choose to listen to audio only on your phone — sign-on credentials include dial-in numbers.