NISO Professional Development Events, Nov. & Dec. 2021

November 2021

NISO Webinar

Working with Semantics: Technology and Tools
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Today’s sophisticated information resources are engineered in ways that emphasize relationships between related but disparate data elements. This webinar will focus on the emerging techniques and technologies that support these functionalities. A roundtable of information professionals and developers will discuss the theory and practice of building smart systems in service to the information and research communities. 

Confirmed Speakers:  Heather Hedden, Data & Knowledge Engineer, Semantic Web Company; Margie Hlava, President, Access Innovations; Leslie Johnston, Director of Digital Preservation, National Archives and Records Administration; Jeff Mixter, Lead Software Engineer, OCLC; and Simeon Warner, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University.

Free NISO Workshop

NISO DEIA Workshop 2: Metadata and Accessibility
Monday, November 15, 2021, 9:30am - 11:00am AND 8:00pm - 9:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

This hour-and-a-half long virtual event is the second in a series of three, and will focus on metadata to support accessibility. Moderated by NISO DEIA Committee members Michael Johnson (Benetech) and Gabi Rundle (Emerald Publishing), it will be held twice (9.30-11.30am ET and 8.00-10.00pm ET) to accommodate all time zones. A combination webinar/workshop, the agenda includes:

  • Welcome and objectives for the workshop
  • Keynote - George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium
  • Discussion/Q&A
  • Wrap up and next steps

NISO Open Teleconference

KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools)
Monday, November 15, 2021, 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

The NISO open teleconference session on Monday, November 15th at 3:00 PM Eastern time is open to everyone! and our topic will be will be KBART (KnowledgeBases And Related Tools)

KBART recommends best practices for the communication of electronic resource title list and coverage data from content providers to knowledge base (KB) developers. KBART specifies file format, delivery mechanisms, and fields to include, and it applies to both serials and monographs. More information on the work, including the 2014 Recommended Practice, can be found at

KBART Standing Committee co-chair Andrée Rathemacher, Head of Acquisitions at the University of Rhode Island, and member Sheri Meares, Senior Director, KnowledgeBase at EBSCO will join the call to discuss the initiative and how the Standing Committee is managing its work, including tackling a "KBART Phase III" development process.

KBART provides 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. The KBART Recommendations were first published in 2010 and updated in 2014. In the meantime, the products that use KB data have changed dramatically. KBs now, in addition to link resolution, also provide the foundation for electronic resource management systems (ERMs), are used in conjunction with COUNTER data, provide rights/holdings information to discovery systems, provide data to library catalogs, and other uses. The KBART Automation Recommended Practice was published in 2019, providing a means to transfer accurate, library-specific KBART-formatted holdings reports between content providers’ access control systems and knowledge bases, allowing knowledge base-powered systems to more accurately reflect content accessible at a particular institution and its unique holdings.

Since the first Recommended Practice was issued, scores of publishers and content providers have endorsed KBART and demonstrated their commitment to good quality metadata provision. With implementation of the KBART recommendations, users can be assured that the providers' metadata is trusted and has the required level of granularity without the burdensome task of title-by-title checking. 

NISO Virtual Conference

Open Research (rescheduled from June 2021)
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12:00pm Noon - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Open research — making the entire research process more transparent, and results more accessible, in the interest of reproducibility and verification — continues to gain momentum globally. This event will look at the current state of open research around the world, examine needs across different communities, and identify next steps that might be useful in helping to meet those needs. The agenda will cover a broad range of topics, including open peer review and data-sharing,  reproducibility, and metrics for open access outputs, as well as the current and future role of publication in preserving the scholarly record.

Confirmed speakers include (among others) Toby Green, Co-founder, Coherent Digital; Glenn Hampson, Program Director, Open Scholarship Initiative; Gabriela Mejias, Engagement Manager, Global Consortia, ORCID, Alison Mudditt, CEO, PLOS; and Jason Priem and Heather Piwowar,

December 2021

NISO Webinar

Cost Effective Product and Project Management
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

In a time of economic recovery, there is no bottomless well of resources. Managers must look closely at the budgetary requirements for delivering cost-effective projects and products. What is the best way to build your case as it goes before the decision-makers? If you’re working under the pressures of agile development, how can you plan for changes and budget appropriately? How can product and project managers get the resources they need when every expenditure is under scrutiny? How can you prepare for the unexpected? This roundtable discussion will feature experienced product and project managers, sharing the useful tips and practices they’ve learned during their own careers.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Building successful, collaborative teams requires more than just picking people with a specific set of skills. Managers must also balance the need to support their team’s  motivation and enthusiasm with planning requirements and time constraints.  What are best practices for team communications? How can you ensure collective, as well as individual, accountability? What are the best ways of handling those “awkward” conversations that inevitably arise?  When do you negotiate with your team and when are you justified in making demands of them?  This roundtable discussion will bring together a group of experienced managers from across the information community to share the lessons they’ve learned, as well as their secrets for success.