For release: 08 Sep 2008

Media Alert: Webinar on SUSHI

Host: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Date: October 2, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Subject: SUSHI: Beyond Trial into Real Use

Description:
After a very successful trial use period, The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol was officially published as a standard in 2007 (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007). SUSHI defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data, using a Web services framework. It is intended to replace the time-consuming user-mediated collection of usage data reports. This webinar will provide the latest information on using and adopting this extensible, lightweight standard.

Intended Audience:
This webinar is for librarians, publishers, and content providers who are interested in implementing SUSHI.

Speakers:

  • Adam Chandler
    Coordinator, Service Design Group, Cornell University Library, and
    Co-Chair, SUSHI Maintenance Advisory Group
    Chandler will bring a technical perspective and discuss the relationship between SUSHI and COUNTER and possible next steps for this standard.

  • Hana Levay
    Information Resources Librarian, Collection Management Services, University of Washington Libraries
    Levay will give a real-library perspective, sharing with the audience one example of how SUSHI was not only implemented at the University of Washington, but how it is being applied in a real way, including:
  • Setting up SUSHI (in this case, using III)
  • The kinds of reports being supplied via SUSHI
  • Common issues
  • Integrating usage statistics into collection development assessment tool via an ERM
  • Cost per use
  • Examples of how usage reports are being used in decision making

Background:
The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol was officially published as a standard in 2007 (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007). SUSHI defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework. It is intended to replace the time-consuming user-mediated collection of usage data reports. The protocol was designed to be both generalized and extensible, meaning it could be used to retrieve a variety of usage reports. An extension designed specifically to work with COUNTER reports is provided with the standard, as these are expected to be the most frequently retrieved usage reports.

Information and Registration:
Please visit the event website (http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/webinars/sushi) for more information and to register.

This is the fourth webinar in the series on Demystifying Standards. The slides and Q&A from the introductory webinar are available online (http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/webinars/alcts08/) for those who wish to review them.

The slides and Q&A from the second webinar, OpenURL: Link Resolution That Users Will Love, are available online at .

The third webinar,
ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL): Simplifying License Expression will be held September 10, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time); registration is open until noon on September 10.

For More Information, Contact:

Maryann Karinch
NISO Consultant
Phone: 970-577-8500
Email Maryann Karinch
Karen A. Wetzel
NISO
Email Karen A. Wetzel