The news has been full of election coverage recently, culminating in yesterday's presidential election. The turmoil of the recent weeks suggests that we all will likely face some significant challenges in the coming year. Hopefully, we can work together to address common issues, not only nationally, but within our own community as well.
The balloting phase is only one in a long process of consensus. While balloting is the tipping point that symbolizes the end of one period and the beginning of another, it is really part of an ongoing continuum. The process continues and, indeed, the most important aspects of the process are yet to come. Voting for something is not nearly as difficult as the next step: implementing the changes that were voted on and then approved by the community.
I'm sure you must realize that these issues pertain as much to the consensus balloting process at NISO as they do to national elections. I'm pleased to say that our most recently approved ballot was not nearly as tumultuous as what we've witnessed nationally! In September, the revision of the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP), Z39.83, was balloted to NISO's voting members. After the resolution of comments, NCIP is now formally a NISO published standard, and the revision has been sent to ANSI for their review and certification. Like the rest of the country, we need to turn our efforts to encouraging adoption. I hope that you will feel free to contact us with questions or ideas so that we might together work towards that goal.
The NISO Standards Bearer blog was released with little fanfare earlier this year. In the past month, we've hit a stride with postings. We expect to use the blog to communicate short announcements and comments on new technology developments, updates of ongoing projects, and snippets from meetings and seminars in the community. I wrote about the Google Book project settlement last week between the authors, publishers, and the search engine company. (See this issue of Newsline for one of the media stories on the settlement.)
The new blog is but one of the many initiatives that NISO has launched over the year to expand our outreach and communication to the community. We hope that it is well received and we encourage all of you to join in the conversation, contributing your comments and thoughts to the NISO Standards Bearer blog.
This past month hasn't been all about voting. In October, NISO held its Collaborative Resource Sharing forum in Atlanta, exploring areas where collaborative effort and standards can help improve library efficiency through resource sharing. And we've continued our Demystifying Standards webinar series with a session on three Identifiers projects.
And now we move on to a busy November, and the promise of a very happy Thanksgiving for us all.
NISO Specs & Standards
NISO Media Stories
Performance Measures Webinar to be Held on November 14
The sixth webinar in NISO's Demystifying Standards series will focus on Performance Measures for Libraries, in particular how to translate data into service improvements.
What are concrete steps we can take to measure our library's progress, help researchers assess their impact, and improve outcomes? If you've ever asked yourself—or been asked—this question, this webinar can help. This event will cover specific performance measures and real-world application of these measures to assess performance and enhance your programs or services. The webinar will review both the current state of performance measures and where improvements are needed as well as include specific case studies of ongoing performance assessment programs.
The webinar will be held on November 14, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Speakers will include:
Additional speaker(s) to be added shortly; check the event website. The webinar will provide attendees with ample opportunity for questions during the event; NISO will post the questions asked during the event and their answers on the event website following the webinar.
The cost for NISO and ALCTS Members is $59 and $79 for non-members. Register online now.
Identifiers Webinar Highlighted Three Projects
On October 29th, NISO held its latest in the 2008 series of education webinars, What's in a Name?: Identifiers for Institutions, Public Identities, and Researchers. The information community has long relied on identifiers to ensure the smooth exchange and discovery of content. Never an easy task, identification has taken on new levels of complexity as we attempt to reconcile print and digital versions; track products between producer and institution and, more granularly, individual departments; follow a researcher's work through various publications; and identify parties in their role within the information supply chain.
Helen Henderson started the webinar off with an introduction to the question of why we need identifiers, as well as a glimpse at the large number of identifiers in use or being currently developed in this space.
Grace Agnew then introduced the work of NISO's I2 (Institutional Identifier) working group. Recognizing the need for a consistent institutional identifier that can be used across the supply chain, in libraries, publishing houses, book sellers, and more, this group has begun its work by looking at how identifiers are used in the information workspace by the various stakeholders.
To look more closely at the I2 approach, Tina Feick shared with the audience the work as it has occurred in the first of their case studies, the e-resource supply chain/acquisition process. The goal is to have a draft standard in fall 2009.
The webinar then moved to take a look at identification on a human scale with Thomson's ResearcherID, which was launched publicly in early 2008. Ellen Rotenberg emphasized that clear and accurate identification is needed for research accuracy, grant funding, and tenure, as well in discovery, including citation counts, locating co-authors, and even reviewers. ResearcherID is a free online community, with an open registry, where authors can sign up to receive a unique identifier that provides a persistent presence on the web. Renny Guida gave a live tour of ResearcherID, highlighting various uses.
The final presentation, on ISNI (ISO 27729), came from Andy Weissberg. Andy gave an update on the status of the International Standard Name Identifier, what it is, and what use cases there are. After introducing various use cases, from serving as a unique number assigned to an entity as a placeholder in citations or authority records to providing links to sources where variant names are found, Andy then reviewed the ISNI composition, structure, and associated metadata. The ISNI standard is currently at the Draft International Standard (DIS) phase, and completion is expected in early 2010.
Note: This article is an extract from a longer report on the Identifiers webinar that is available on the NISO website. Copies of the presenters' slides and additional resources are also available from the event webpage.
NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) Standard Approved by NISO Membership
NISO members have approved the two-part revision to the NCIP standard. NISO Z39.83-1-2008, NISO Circulation Interchange Part 1: Protocol (NCIP) and NISO Z39.83-2-2008, NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) Part 2: Implementation Profile have been published on the NISO website and submitted to ANSI for their approval and certification, expected in a couple weeks. New ANSI-approved versions of the standards will be posted to the website at that time.
This revision, led by the NCIP Implementers Group, streamlines and simplifies the requirements, improves usability, and addresses concerns raised by self-service and broker applications. These changes effectively remove many of the hurdles to implementation, in a true example of collaboration and revision-by-consensus.
Maintenance of the standard is managed by EnvisionWare. Maintenance efforts will be focused on development of resources to encourage adoption; feedback and suggestions are welcome.
Want to Help Lead NISO's Standards Development? Join a Topic Committee
As part of NISO's organizational structure, topic committees work with the communities they serve to develop and maintain the plans necessary to sustain an active standards program for its area of interest. In addition, Topic Committees encourage and approve new work items in NISO, provide oversight to working groups, develop Thought Leader meetings to incubate new standards activities, and manage the five-year reaffirmation process for approved standards.
We are currently seeking new members for each of the three Topic Committees: Business Information, Content & Collection Management, and Discovery to Delivery. For more information on the committees, visit www.niso.org/topics/ or contact Karen Wetzel, NISO's Standards Program Manager.
Call for Interest to Act as the ISNI Registration Authority
A call for expressions of interest and proposals to act as the Registration Authority for ISO 27729, the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) was issued by the TC46/SC9 Secretariat and the ISNI working group. The selected Registration Authority will be appointed by ISO to operate as the ISNI International Agency (ISNI-IA).
The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) is an international identifier system for the public identities of parties. ISO 27729 is anticipated to be published in early 2010. It aims to provide an efficient means to disambiguate such public identities in the digital environment so that the roles participants play in creation, production, management, and content distribution chains can be recognized accurately, and the content they are involved in creating can be managed effectively.
Organizations interested in participating in a consortium to act as ISNI-IA are encouraged to make their interest known so that such organizations can be brought together to create one or more proposals. Responding to the call for expressions of interest does not obligate one to participate in a consortium or to submit a proposal, however responding to this call authorizes the SC9 Secretariat to disclose the contact information of the respondent to all other respondents. Respondents may subsequently submit proposals alone or in partnership with others at their own discretion.
The deadline to respond to the call for expressions of interest is November 30, 2008. Proposal submissions are due by April 1, 2009. For a copy of the full Call for Interest and Proposals, contact the NISO office.
SUSHI Schemas Updated to Support Release 3 of COUNTER
The NISO SUSHI Standing Advisory Committee has announced the approval and final release of the schemas (and related files) providing full support of Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases. Notable in this latest release of the COUNTER Code of Practice is the requirement that content providers implement SUSHI as a means of delivering their reports. With the schemas now finalized, content providers can be confident about setting their development agendas for implementing SUSHI.
The SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93 - 2007) defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data, utilizing a Web services framework. Designed as a generalized protocol extensible to a variety of usage reports, it also contains an extension designed specifically to work with COUNTER usage reports. COUNTER reports have become a mainstay of collection analysis for many libraries; SUSHI serves to automate the time consuming and error prone process of manually running, retrieving, and loading these reports.
NISO's SUSHI Standard Advisory Committee, formed last summer to maintain the standard, has used community feedback to identify additional needs for implementation and to examine the standard for areas that may need updating or improving. In addition to addressing the needs of the schemas, the Committee's charge also includes the goal of making SUSHI easier for implementers to understand and work with. As part of that effort, the schemas have been annotated with descriptions and examples for key elements, and the website now includes clear graphical representations of the schemas. In addition, the FAQs on the site are being updated and include sections specifically for librarians and for developers.
Just added is the draft document, How to Start Building A SUSHI Service, by Tommy Barker, Software Engineer, IT & Digital Development, at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Though a work in progress, it is a valuable tool for those interested in getting started with building a client. Further documentation on the site includes material covered in NISO's SUSHI webinar on October 2, a list of clients (ERM and Usage Consolidation services) supporting SUSHI, and a list of SUSHI compliant content providers, and other supporting information.
Read the full announcement here.
KBART Update Available
The Knowledge Base And Related Tools (KBART) working group's most recent update issued on October 27th unveiled the new KBART logo (contributed by designers at SAGE Publications). Also included was a listing of upcoming presentations, and information about recent group roster changes. The full report is available in the KBART information list archives. You can also sign up to receive future updates directly by e-mail.
Reminder: Sign up for Reaffirmation Ballot Voting Pools
NISO Voting Members: if you haven't yet marked your interest in the two reaffirmation ballot voting pools lists that are now open, please do so now! Joining the voting pools will allow you to vote on the standard and provide comments. Once the voting pools have been formed, separate ballots for each standard will be issued only to those who have joined the pool. If you do not join the voting pool for a particular standard, you are in essence "abstaining" from any decision made regarding this standard's reaffirmation ballot. Voting pools are currently being formed for 10 ANSI/NISO standards up for their five-year reaffirmation.
Be aware that NISO needs at least 15% of the voting membership to join the pool for each standard. If less than 15% express interest in a standard, it may be considered by the Board for administrative withdrawal. Login to the NISO site and visit the NISO Voting Members' ballot area for more information.
New Specs & Standards
ARMA International, Call for Participation for Vital Records Programs: Identifying, Managing, and Recovering Business-Critical Records
Interested participants are invited to help develop a revision to ANSI/ARMA 5-2003 to ensure the most current practices and requirements are documented for use in vital records programs. A new section on vital records and business continuity planning will be added. Participants who are engaged in the teaching of records and information management techniques are specifically needed. Contact Kevin Joerling, ARMA's Sr. Manager, RIM Content and Standards.
Odt2dtbook version 1.0.1 is an OpenOffice.org extension that supports export to DTBook (also known as DAISY XML, as defined in ANSI/NISO Z39.86. The extension works with OpenOffice.org version 3.0.
DCMI Working Draft, Guidelines for Dublin Core Application Profiles
Addressed primarily to a non-technical audience, the guidelines describe the key components of an application profile and walk the reader through the process of designing a profile.
DCMI Working Draft, Interoperability Levels for Dublin Core Metadata
Discusses the modeling choices involved in designing metadata applications for different types of interoperability. Interested members of the public are invited to post comments by December 1, 2008 to the DC-ARCHITECTURE mailing list.
Open Archives Initiative, Object Reuse and Exchange Specifications Production Release
Documents in the release describe a data model to introduce aggregations as resources with URIs on the web. They also detail the machine-readable descriptions of aggregations expressed in the popular Atom syndication format, in RDF/XML, and RDFa.
IDEAlliance, PRISM version 2.1
An update to the Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata (PRISM) specification that defines a set of XML metadata vocabularies for syndicating, aggregating, post-processing, and multi-purposing magazine, news, newsletter, marketing collateral, catalog, mainstream journal content, online and feeds. Available for public comment through December 3, 2008.
WC3 Working Drafts, Seven OWL 2 Specifications
The OWL 2 Web Ontology Language, OWL 2, extends OWL, a core standard of the Semantic Web. Included in the release are three documents that form the technical core of OWL 2 (Structural Specification and Functional-Style Syntax, Direct Semantics, and RDF-Based Semantics), two different serializations for OWL ontologies (Mapping to RDF Graphs and XML Serialization), OWL Profiles, and Conformance and Test Cases.
Google Strikes Deal to Allow Book Scans
About NISO Newsline
NISO's free monthly e-newsletter reports on the latest NISO news, highlights new specifications and standards of interest including calls for public review and comment, abstracts significant media stories on topics of interest to the NISO community, and links to news releases of NISO member organizations
Links at the end of each media story abstract are to the article when full-text is available online. In some cases, links may require registration or subscription. Where full-text is not available online, links are to the publisher or publication or to information about obtaining full-text.
Newsline is distributed via e-mail to subscribers on the first Wednesday of the month and is posted to the NISO website.
November 14, 1:00 pm (eastern time)
December 11, 1:00 pm (eastern time)
ONIX for Serials: Case Studies of Use
Other Events of Interest
November 24 - 27, 2008
21st ISO TC46/SC11 Meeting
Wellington, New Zealand
News from NISO Members:
Federal Agencies Collaborate on Guidelines for Digitization
OECD becomes KnowledgeWorks Certified
Hale School Becomes First RFID Library in Western Australia
EAD@10 Symposium Proceedings Now Available
NDIIPP Helps Data Archive Technology Alliance
Copyright © 2008 National Information Standards Organization One North Charles Street, Suite 1905, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 866.957.1593 Fax: 410.685.5278 Email: email@example.com
Media stories copyright © 2008 Information, Inc.
Newsline editor: Cynthia Hodgson
To subscribe to NISO Newsline:
Send an e-mail to this link and put “Subscribe Newsline” in the subject line.
To unsubscribe from NISO Newsline:
Send an e-mail this link with “Unsubscribe Newsline” in the subject line.
For permission to photocopy or use material electronically from Newsline, ISSN 1559-2774, please access www.copyright.com or contact Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, 978.750.8400. CCC is a not-for-profit organization that provides licenses and registration for a variety of users.