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NISO/BISG 11th Annual Forum:
The Changing Standards Landscape: Delivering the Integrated Information Experience


Friday, June 23, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ALA Annual Conference
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, Illinois
Location: McCormick Place West Room: W183b

The NISO-BISG Forum is free to registered attendees of the ALA Annual Meeting; however, we would like to get a sense of who will be in the audience. Please RSVP your intention to be with us on-site through this brief form.

Event Description

Metadata: How can the information community function effectively without it? High-quality metadata drives publishers’ marketing efforts and enables libraries’ support for discovery. Whether one is operating in the publisher’s supply chain or in the library’s tech services, distribution and ingestion of complete, accurate and explicit metadata is key to success. It fuels every patron’s information activity and subsequent assessment of satisfaction and usage.

But, best practices for creating and delivering metadata across the varied spectrum of those who use it are not always followed. And it’s not just about books. Metadata must be applied to the full range of content formats – research data, recordings, and more. In a variety of settings and systems, it sustains the information needs of an increasingly mobile population!

During the NISO-BISG Changing Standards Landscape Forum, attendees will hear from industry professionals working elbow-deep in identifiers, subject classification, rights and other metadata that drive an integrated user experience. What steps are content providers taking to ensure that:

• They provide high-quality metadata?
• Feeds are appropriately ingested when transferred between systems?
• Usage will be maximized and licensed rights observed?

Only through the development, adoption, and use of community standards can we be assured that the information flow to the user is all that it should be.

Make yourself part of that conversation. Attending the 11th Annual NISO-BISG Changing Standards Landscape Forum will bring you up to date about on-going efforts by librarians, publishers and system providers to deliver a fully integrated information experience.


12:00noon – 12:15p.m. Welcome

Todd Carpenter, Exec Dir, NISO, and Brian O’Leary, Exec Dir, BISG

12:15pm – 12:45pm Defining Our Terms: Understanding Metadata
Confirmed Speaker: Jenn Riley, McGill University

In the six weeks following the 2017 announcement of the publication, Understanding Metadata: A Primer, nearly 25,000 information professionals had downloaded the NISO document. The opening session of the BISG-NISO Forum will provide attendees with an overview of what’s happening in the metadata arena, allow attendees to become familiar with some of the acronyms and initiatives likely to be encountered, and lay the groundwork for the rest of the afternoon’s discussions.

12:45pm – 1:15pm Identifiers as Metadata
Confirmed Speaker: Laura Dawson, HBO

In a digital environment, a unique object must be identifiable. This segment will provide an update on existing identifiers and focus on their role in ensuring successful integration into a variety of traditional and emerging information systems.

1:15pm – 2:00pm Metadata as Applied to Books, Newly Enriched Content and Emerging Formats
Confirmed Speakers: Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan, Others TBA

As technology provides new means for the presentation and delivery of content, the information community must create and apply metadata that will adequately describe that material, whether it be an e-book, a functioning application or some innovative combination of elements. What collaborations are happening to improve the quality, adaptability, and use of such metadata ?

2:00pm – 2: 15pm Break

2:15pm – 3:00pm Ingesting Metadata By Existing & Emerging Systems
Confirmed Speaker: Pat Payton, Sr. Manager, Provider Relations for ProQuest/Bowker; others TBA

Once aggregated, metadata must be integrated appropriately into a wide variety of inventory systems, whether the inventory be of available editions, a collection of scholarly output or roster of human expertise. Producers, vendors and librarians discuss the current challenges and potential hurdles to be overcome when integrating metadata from a variety of sources into an even broader variety of systems.

3:00pm – 3:30pm Metadata and Discovery
Confirmed Speakers: Tim Spalding, LibraryThing, Ranti Junus, Michigan State University

This segment will focus on the problem of discovery for service provider, librarian, and user.  Once the metadata has been integrated into catalogs and discovery tools, what do users expect to see and/or understand about the particular item. Speakers will explore user expectations of whether the metadata adequately conveys information as to description, format, accessibility and increasingly, the parameters of permitted use?

3:30 – 4:00pm Moderated Roundtable Discussion


As noted above, this event is free of charge to registered attendees of the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago; however, we would like to get a sense of attendance. Please RSVP via this brief form .


12:00 - 12:30pm -- Networking and Light Refreshments