Data Webinar Q&A

Below are listed questions that were submitted during the NISO Data Movement & Management Webinar. Answers from the presenters will be added shortly.

Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions about this webinar or about library, publishing, and technical services standards, standards development. We also welcome suggestions for new standards, recommended practices, or areas where NISO should be engaged.

Data Movement & Management

Webinar Questions & Answers
March 18, 2009

  1. Question: I am trying to understand how resource maps can be implemented in a search engine tool, for example.

  2. Question: Although these standards are ILS independent, are the ILS vendors participating and including these standards in their ILS development? To what extent?

    Answer (Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester): While the XC Project is not actively involved in developing standards, we have been working closely with the DLF ILS Discovery Interface task force https://project.library.upenn.edu/confluence/display/ilsapi/Home, which is analyzing the issues involved in integrating "integrated library systems" and discovery systems, and has created a draft technical proposal for how such integration should be accomplished. The DLF group has been actively seeking the involvement of ILS (and other) vendors. Some vendors have been very receptive to this effort and have agreed to implement a basic level of recommended functionality, while other vendors have not. Itís important to let our vendors know that we want them to participate in this kind of activity!

  3. Question: For Jennifer Bowen - will XC tools do any encoding transformations? e.g. MARC8 to/from Unicode to/from Latin1? Or, does ILS metadata have to meet a certain standard to use?

    Answer (Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester):  XC requires that the data from an ILS be standard MARC that can be transformed to valid MARCXML, but it doesnít matter if it is MARC-8 or Unicode. We are not currently building transformations for MARC character sets but the XC Metadata Services Toolkit (MST) could be used as a platform for incorporating transformations that others have developed. Itís theoretically possible that by incorporating a tool such as the one that Jackie Shieh mentions below into XC that a library could use the XC MST to convert its MARC data to Unicode Ė but the data would have to be transformed from raw MARC to MARCXML first.

    Answer (Jeff Aippersbach, Serials Solutions):
    I can't answer for each system vendor specifically how far they have implemented or plan on implementing NISO standards but, in general, what I see is that ILS vendors have implemented many of the standards in the past, most have developed their ERMS solutions based on the DLF ERMI guidelines.  For the NISO CORE Working Group, ILS vendors that are represented include:  Auto-Graphics, SirsiDynix, Ex Libris, Innovative, VTLS, Polaris, and TLC.  In conversations I have had with ILS vendor representatives, they are very interested in implementing NISO CORE, although it may not be in 2009 - primarily due to development schedules already being pretty solid for the current year.  I heartily encourage librarians and libraries to engage with their specific ILS vendor and encourage them to implement this and other standards.  Working with standards increases efficiencies throughout the lifecycle of e-resources and within the supply chain wherever the standard is applicable and can conceivably create efficiencies in related areas.

  4. Comment: Jennifer, There's a tool availabe from Index Data that can be incorporated into XC, I would think to change xml in MARC 8 to UTF-8.