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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.
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 ONIX-PL Initiative
NISO received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the encoding of a collection of template licenses for e-resources into the ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL) format for deposit into the GOKb and KB+ knowledgebase for free distribution to the library, publishing, and library systems community. 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.
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.]