As this decade nears its end, we can look back at what will be seen as a transformative time in the provision of library services and in publication distribution. A decade ago web-based electronic subscriptions were still a niche part of library collections. Back in 2002, at the same time that the Digital Library Federation's E-Resource Management Initiative was launched, the often-cited ARL Library Statistics reports didn't include the number of electronic serials that ARL libraries held (although their impact was referenced and data was collected and reported elsewhere). A decade from now, ARL will likely return to not segregating electronic journals—most likely because the presumption will be that serials are online and not in print. Much like serials, e-books are trending toward electronic distribution, although much more slowly than serials.
This year has also been NISO's 70th Anniversary and as part of this recognition, NISO has been publishing a series in Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) of NISO milestones since the organization's inception as the Z39 committee in 1939. We have posted the timelines openly on the NISO website. It's a fascinating trip through the past of library and information standards development. In addition, the Fall issue of ISQ, due out this month, completes the anniversary series with a feature article on future trends and issues impacting NISO. I encourage you all to read it and the other feature article on Library Automation in India as well as the opinion columns, NISO reports, conference reports, and noteworthy items. If your organization is not yet a subscriber to ISQ, it is something you should consider adding to your collection. (NISO Voting and Library Standards Alliance members receive ISQ as a membership benefit.)
With an eye toward the future, NISO has begun work on a review of electronic resource management (ERM) issues as a follow-up to the original DLF ERMI work. The original initiative led to standards work on usage statistics (SUSHI), cost data interoperability (CORE), and license expression (ONIX-PL) as well as many projects outside of NISO. In the coming months, we expect the ERM gap analysis to be completed and identify priorities for further work in this area into the new decade.
Finally, NISO has announced its 2010 educational program schedule. Over the course of the past year, early 3,000 people from more than 1,000 sites have participated in NISO webinars. Next year's schedule is full of great programs, including three in-person events, and there are several discount options for multiple webinar registrations. Take a look at the schedule; there's something there for just about everyone.
On behalf of the entire NISO community, we wish you a pleasant holiday season and a successful new year for your organization.
With kindest regards
New Specs & Standards
December Webinar: ONIX for Publication Licenses: Adding Structure to Legalese
Once license terms for e-resources have been negotiated, they have to be communicated to both library staff and end users. ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL), developed by EDItEUR, is an XML format that both publishers and libraries can use to add machine-readable structure to license terms. NISO and EDItEUR's joint ONIX-PL Working Group, created in 2008, is charged with the continued development of the ONIX-PL standard for license expression to ensure it is fit for use by all types of stakeholders. They are also doing outreach, such as this webinar, to educate the community about ONIX-PL.
NISO's webinar ONIX for Publication Licenses: Adding Structure to Legalese, to be held December 9 from 1:00-2:30 EST, will update participants on the ONIX-PL specification and how it can be used to simplify and communicate license information.
Speakers for the webinar are:
For more information and to register, visit the event webpage. Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. NISO and NASIG members receive a discounted member rate. A student discount is also available.
This webinar is sponsored by EBSCO and Swets.
January Webinar: From ILS to Repository and Back: Data Interoperability
NISO will hold a webinar on January 13, 2010, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on From ILS to Repository and Back: Data Interoperability.
While institutional repository (IR) systems are meant to focus on the storage of digital objects, most repositories contain not only objects, but also metadata about those items. One of the main functions of library systems is to help facilitate the discovery of items and content using metadata. Where is the line between IR systems and the discovery and management tools the libraries use to manage their collections? What are some strategies that libraries can employ to integrate these systems? Is anyone having success?
As libraries increasingly become the home to special digital collections and scanned materials, finding simple ways to exchange information and ensure discoverability of IR content will be critical to efficient management of both systems. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of recent research in this topic as well as real-world examples from organizations who are working toward interoperability.
Speakers will discuss recent catalog/repository interoperability studies and projects underway to improve interoperability.
For more information and to register, visit the event webpage. Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar for one year. NISO and NASIG members receive a discounted member rate. A student discount is also available.
New on the NISO Website
New Specs & Standards
Book Industry Study Group, BISAC Rights Committee New Initiative
Over 30 BISG members have formed a Rights Committee to "develop, maintain and advocate industrywide best practices that support the standardized electronic transmission of a defined set of rights information between trading partners, now and in the future." The committee plans to build on the ONIX for Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs) with the intent of adding to and/or adapting their Code List. Additional early goals are to identify and prioritize the rights transactions to be covered and define the relevant trading partners. The Rights Committee will hold its next meeting in January in NYC to tie in with Digital Book World (January 26-27, 2009). For more information, contact Angela Bole.
IETF Internet Draft, A Uniform Resource Name (URN) Namespace for Sources of Law (LEX)
This document describes a Uniform Resource Name (URN) Namespace Identification (NID) convention as prescribed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for identifying, naming, assigning, and managing persistent resources in the legal domain. "Sources of law" include any legal document within the domain of legislation (including bills), case law, and administrative acts or regulations.
IFLA, Full ISBD Examples
Compiled by the ISBD Examples Study Group, this supplement to the preliminary consolidated edition of the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) provides full examples of cataloging in sixteen languages to make it easy to understand the structure of the ISBD.
ISO 704:2009, Terminology work – Principles and methods
The third edition of the standard that establishes the basic principles and methods for preparing and compiling terminologies both inside and outside the framework of standardization. It also describes the links between objects, concepts, and their terminological representations.
ISO/TR 10255:2009, Document management applications – Optical disk storage technology, management and standards
This technical report gives recommendations and provides guidance for maintaining archival optical disk collections including guidance for the finite life of digital optical storage devices and a plan to ensure the migration path of digital information to future technologies and media. Addresses all forms of optical disk media including WORM, MO, CD, DVD, and newer technologies.
Opening Up Library Systems through Web Services and SOA: Hype, or Reality?
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