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NISO is where content publishers, libraries, and software developers turn for information industry standards that allow them to work together. Through NISO, all of these communities are able to collaborate on mutually accepted standards — solutions that enhance their operations today and form a foundation for the future. View a timeline of NISO's milestones since its inception in 1939.

Just announced! NISO Forum: The Future of Library Resource Discovery
NISO will host an in-person meeting in Baltimore, MD on October 5 & 6, 2015, which will be an extension of the white paper commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee. A series of presenters and panels will offer an overview of the current resource discovery environment, as well as assess the challenges and opportunities the future holds. Register early for the best rates! Information about the event is here.

Information on the NISO Altmetrics Initiative
NISO was awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to undertake a two-phase initiative to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to a new suite of potential metrics in the community. Information about the project is here

Information on the NISO Patron Privacy Initiative
NISO received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems. The grant will support a series of community discussions on how libraries, publishers and information systems providers can build better privacy protection into their operations and the subsequent formulation of a framework document on the privacy of patron data in these systems. Information about the project is here.

Information on the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Initiative
NISO received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to engage community conversations on the future of on bibliographic information exchange.  The goal of the initiative is to advance the conversation and identify community needs related to transforming forms of bibliographic exchange.  Information about the project is here.

NISO News

NISO Launches New Primer Series with the Publication of Primer on Research Data Management (August 31, 2015)
NISO has launched a new Primer Series on information management technology issues with the publication of the first primer on the topic of Research Data Management, which provides an overview of how data management has changed in recent years, and outlines best practices for the collection, documentation, and preservation of research data.   (Read the full press release.)

NISO Announces its Fall Forum on the Future of Discovery to Engage Community and Set Priorities (August 27, 2015)
NISO will host an in-person meeting in Baltimore, MD on October 5 & 6, 2015, which will be an extension of the white paper commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Launches New Project to Develop XML Standard for Producing Standards Documents (August 5, 2015)
The NISO voting members have approved a new project to standardize the ISO Standard Tag Set (ISOSTS) in line with JATS (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012 JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite) for application by standards development organizations (SDOs) and use in the standards ecosystem. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Releases Draft Technical Report on SUSHI Lite for Public Trial and Comment (July 16, 2015)
NISO is seeking trial users and comments on the draft technical report, SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a lightweight protocol for exchanging usage via web services, NISO TR-06-201X. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Exchanging Serial Content (June 26, 2015)
NISO announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) (NISO RP-23-2015), which provides guidance on the best way to manage the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in understanding what has been delivered and received.  (Read the full press release.)

NISO Elects New Vice Chair and Directors to Serve Community (June 26, 2015)
The membership of NISO has elected new leadership for the 2015-2016 term that begins on July 1, 2015.  Mike Teets, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance & Architecture at OCLC, who was elected last year and has served as Vice Chair during the current term, will become Chair of NISO for the 2015-16 term.  B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors.  Three new Board members were also elected.  (Read the full press release.)

NISO Leadership Edit New Book on Standards in Information Exchange (June 25, 2015)
The Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division of the American Library Association has published a new book edited by Todd A. Carpenter, the Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment explores the process of developing information standards, the value of standards for libraries, publishing and the intermediaries that serve both communities. The book is published by ALCTS Publishing and is available in both print and electronic-book format. Carpenter, Nettie Lagace, NISO's Associate Director for Programs, and Cynthia Hodgson, recently retired NISO Editor, all contributed chapters to this publication. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Launches New Projects to Develop Standards for Bibliographic Vocabulary Exchange (March 18, 2015)
The voting members of NISO have approved three new projects to develop standards to better support exchange and interoperability of bibliographic data. These projects were identified as high priorities in NISO’s Bibliographic Roadmap pre-standards initiative, which was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Following the issuance of the Bibliographic Roadmap final report in April 2014, NISO’s Content and Collection Management (CCM) Topic Committee evaluated the recommendations and prepared a new work item proposal focusing on three of the top prioritized areas: Vocabulary policies on use and reuse, Vocabulary documentation, and Vocabulary preservation requirements. Interested participants from libraries, library system vendors, A&I services, and developers or users of standardized vocabularies and metadata for describing resources are encouraged to contact NISO. [Read the full press release.]

Call for Nominations for NISO Board of Directors (March 13, 2015)
Pursuant to NISO’s Bylaws, the Nominating Committee of the Organization is submitting a call for nominations for the positions for: Vice-Chair (succeeding to Chair) and three Directors. Complete information about these positions and how to nominate is available here.

Call for Participation to Revise ANSI/NISO Paper Permanence Standard (March 9, 2015)
NISO is seeking participants for a working group to revise the standard Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives (ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (R2009)). This standard establishes criteria for coated and uncoated paper that will last several hundred years without significant deterioration under normal use and storage conditions in libraries and archives. It identifies the specific properties of such paper and specifies the tests required to demonstrate these properties. (Read the full press release.)

NISO White Paper Explores the Future of Library Resource Discovery (February 23, 2015)
NISO has published a white paper, The Future of Library Resource Discovery, written by independent consultant, speaker, and author Marshall Breeding. The white paper was commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery landscape that the information community could potentially standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data. (Read the full press release.)

UKSG Transfer Code of Practice to be Maintained by NISO (February 9, 2015)
NISO and UKSG announce that the Transfer Code of Practice will now be supported and maintained by NISO. The Code provides voluntary guidelines for publishers to follow when transferring journal titles between parties to ensure that the journal content remains easily accessible by librarians and readers. NISO has republished Transfer version 3.0 as a NISO Recommended Practice (NISO RP-24-2015) and will move all supporting documentation to the NISO website. A NISO Standing Committee has been established to manage the ongoing support of the Transfer Code of Practice. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Publishes Themed Issue of Information Standards Quarterly on Licensing of Digital Content (February 6, 2015)

NISO announces the publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on the topic of Licensing of Digital Content. Digital content licensing has been a complex—and contentious—issue since the advent of the first e-journal. While much understanding and experience have been gained since then, greater diversity in types of e-content and technology advances continuously add new challenges to licensing. This issue of ISQ discusses the current state of e-content licensing, standards and tools to aid in the licensing process, and two projects aimed at improving rights management and providing an alternative to standard licenses. (Read the full press release. Access the ISQ issue.)

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Metadata Indicators for Accessibility and Licensing of E-Content (January 15, 2015)
NISO has published a new Recommended Practice on Access License and Indicators (NISO RP-22-2015) that defines metadata to be used to indicate free-to-read content and a link to license terms for the use/re-use of that content. Developed by the NISO Working Group on Access License and Indicators (formerly Open Access Metadata and Indicators), the recommended practice proposes the adoption of two core pieces of metadata and associated tags: <free_to_read> and <license_ref>. The first tag would indicate that the work is freely accessible during the specified timeframe (if applicable). The second tag would contain a reference to a URI that carries the license terms specifying how a work may be used. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Identifies Emerging Trends and Strategic Directions for Future Standards Work (January 12, 2015)
The Architecture Committee of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has issued a NISO Strategic Directions document that identifies the trends and emerging themes that will direct the future development portfolios of standards and recommended practices. The 2015 Strategic Directions document reflects a review by the Topic Committees of their current and recent portfolios, and a discussion of potential future activities where NISO should be involved in the development of new standards and recommended practices. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Publishes Revised SUSHI Standard and Supporting Documentation (January 8, 2015)
NISO has published a revision to the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2014). This new version of the SUSHI standard extends the filter support to allow multiple filters and/or report attributes to be included in the SUSHI Request. Use of these filters and attributes is optional, making the new version backwards compatible with the previous one. Additional documentation supporting SUSHI implementation has been updated including SUSHI schemas, COUNTER schemas, sample reports, selected SUSHI Harvesters tools, and the Server Registry. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Launches New Standards Development Projects in New Forms of Assessing Impact & Altmetrics (December 15, 2014)
The voting members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved four new projects to develop standards for alternative assessment metrics (altmetrics). The NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics Initiative was begun in July 2013 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with a goal of building trust and adoption in new methods of assessing impact. Phase 1 of the project, which was completed this summer, gathered a large array of relevant stakeholder groups to identify what areas of alternative metrics would benefit most from standards-related developments. This input was distilled into a white paper published in June 2014, which was then presented to the NISO community to prioritize the action items as possible NISO work items. Phase 2 of the project will be to develop standards or recommended practices in the prioritized areas of definitions, calculation methodologies, improvement of data quality, and use of persistent identifiers in alternative metrics. As part of each project, relevant use cases and how they apply to different stakeholder groups will be developed. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Releases Draft Recommended Practice on Exchanging Serial Content for Public Comment (November 4, 2014)
NISO is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC), NISO RP-23-201x. This Recommended Practice was developed to provide guidance on the best way to manage all of the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in understanding what has been delivered and received. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Launches Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee (October 27, 2014)
NISO is pleased to announce the next phase for the Open Discovery Initiative, a project that explores community interactions in the realm of indexed discovery services. Following the working group's recommendation to create an ongoing standing committee as outlined in the published recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), NISO has formed a new standing committee reflecting a balance of stakeholders, with member representation from content providers, discovery providers, and libraries. The Standing Committee invites suggestions from the community on how we can best promote and enable adoption of the NISO ODI Recommended Practice. (Read the full press release.)

Themed Information Standards Quarterly Issue on Open Access Infrastructure Published by NISO (September 17, 2014)
NISO announces the publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on the topic of Open Access Infrastructure. As Guest Content Editor, Liam Earney, Head of Library Support Services, Jisc, notes, "2013 seems to have been a watershed for open access (OA). Driven by a number of policy announcements from funding bodies and governments worldwide, the question is no longer whether open access will or should happen, but rather how will it be implemented in a sustainable way." Earney has gathered in this issue of ISQ a wealth of insights from a wide variety of viewpoints—publishers, funders, universities, intermediaries, standards bodies, and open access experts on where we are and where we are going with a sustainable OA infrastructure. (Read the full press release.)

Call for Candidates for the Registration Authority for ISO 17316 International Standard Link Identifier (ISLI) (July 2, 2014)
ISO TC46/SC9 is developing a new standard ISO 17316, Information and documentation – International Standard Link Identifier (ISLI), as an international identifier system for links between entities in the field of information and documentation. The ISLI standard, which is in its final stages of approval, will require a Registration Authority for its implementation and ongoing operation. ISO TC46/SC9 has issued a Call for Candidates inviting proposals from qualified organizations interested in serving as Registration Authority for ISO 17316. The deadline for responses is September 1, 2014. [Download the Call for Candidates.]

NISO Members Elect New Vice Chair and Directors to Lead the Organization in 2014-2015 (July 2, 2014)
The voting membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2014-2015 term that began on July 1, 2014. Gerry Grenier, Senior Director, Publishing Technologies at IEEE, Inc. will become Chair of NISO for the 2014-15 term. Mike Teets, Vice President, Innovation, OCLC, Inc. has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors and will transition into the chairmanship in the 2015-16 term.Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, E-resource Access and Management Services, EBSCO Information Services; Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library; and Jabin White, Vice President, Content Management, ITHAKA, were elected to three-year terms as Directors. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Promoting Transparency in Library Discovery Services (June 26, 2014)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), which provides specific guidelines on participation in the new generation of library discovery services. The publication includes guidelines to content providers on disclosure of level of participation, the minimum set of metadata elements provided for indexing, linking practices, and technical formats. Recommendations for discovery service providers address content listings, linking practices, file formats and methods of transfer to be supported, and usage statistics. The document also provides background information on the evolution of discovery and delivery technology and a standard set of terminology and definitions for this technology area. [Read full press release.]

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Demand Driven Acquisition of Monographs (June 25, 2014)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Demand Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP 20 2014). Demand driven acquisition (DDA), also referred to as patron-driven acquisition, is a method used by libraries for collection development where monographs are purchased at their point of need when selected by users from a pool of potential titles. (Read the full press release.)

NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comment (June 9, 2014)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has released a draft white paper summarizing Phase I of its Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project for public comment. The Initiative was launched in July 2013, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to study, propose, and develop community-based standards or recommended practices for alternative metrics. In Phase 1 of the project, three in-person meetings were held and 30 in-person interviews conducted to collect input from all relevant stakeholders, including researchers, librarians, university administrators, scientific research funders, and publishers. The draft white paper is the summary of the findings from those meetings and interviews, along with the identification of potential action items for further work in Phase II of the project. [Read the full press release.]

NISO and OAI Publish American National Standard on ResourceSync Framework Specification (May 7, 2014)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) announce the publication of the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2014)—a new American National Standard for the Web detailing various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with its evolving resources. The ResourceSync joint project, funded with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Jisc, was initiated to develop a new open standard on the real-time synchronization of web resources. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Publishes Revised Recommendations for Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) (April 7, 2014)
NISO) announces the publication of a revision to the Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2014). The original recommended practice, issued in 2010, provided all parties in the information supply chain with straightforward guidance about metadata formatting—focused mainly on journal resources—to ensure the exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers. Building on the initial recommendations, the revision includes the more granular, complex issues that cause problems in metadata supply, including consortia-specific metadata and metadata transfer for open access publications, e-books, and conference proceedings. [Read full press release.]

NISO Publishes Annual Year in Review Issue of Information Standards Quarterly (March 27, 2014)
The Spring 2014 issue of the National Information Standard Organization's Information Standards Quarterly magazine—providing a summary of the 2013 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 full press release.]

NISO Releases Recommended Practice on Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs for Public Comment (March 24, 2014)
NISO is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP 20 201x). The draft Recommended Practice discusses and makes recommendations about key aspects of DDA, goals and objectives of a DDA program, choosing parameters of the program, profiling options, managing MARC records for DDA, removing materials from the consideration pool, assessment of the program, providing long-term access to un-owned content, consortial considerations for DDA, and public library DDA. [Read the full press release.]

Call for Participation: NISO U.S. Profile Standard of ISO 3166 Country Codes (February 13, 2014)
NISO Voting Members have approved a new work item to develop a U.S. profile of ISO 3166, Codes for the Representation of Names of Countries and their Subdivisions. A working group is being formed for the project and interested participants are asked to contact NISO. This proposed standard will transition the Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes (GENC) Standard, developed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 2012, from a government standard to a U.S. National Standard. [Read the full press release.]

Oliver Pesch Appointed to NISO Board of Directors (January 22, 2014)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Oliver Pesch to the Board of Directors. Oliver was appointed to replace Patricia Steele, who stepped down as a Director. He will fill her remaining term, ending on June 30, 2014. Mr. Pesch is Chief Strategist, E-resource Access and Management Services with EBSCO Information Services. [Read the full press release.]

NISO Releases Draft Open Access and Metadata Indicators Recommended Practice for Comments (January 6, 2014)
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Open Access Metadata and Indicators (NISO RP-22-201x). This draft recommended practice proposes the adoption of two core pieces of metadata and associated tags: <free_to_read> and <license_ref>. The draft is open for public comment through February 4, 2014. [Read the full press release.]

 

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