As September begins—and with it the fall—the air is always full of a buzz about return to work after holiday breaks, new projects that are about to get underway, what old things the incoming college freshmen never experienced, and the cool gadgets that they need to survive the new year in style. Obviously, some of this is light-hearted, but the new work projects are quite serious.
NISO is starting the fall with the formation of two new working groups. NISO Voting Members have just approved the proposals and initiation of new work items on physical delivery of library materials and on journal markup in XML. More information about both initiatives and how you can get involved is below. With these two projects, NISO has a total of eight development projects underway for standards or best practices, in addition to the ongoing maintenance and support activities for many of our published standards.
Among the projects outside of NISO that are picking up speed is the Google Book project and the related legal settlement. Earlier this year in Newsline, I talked briefly about the settlement notice that NISO had received as one of the parties to the settlement. Things are now coming to a head regarding this settlement. The deadline for authors and publishers to opt-out of the settlement was extended to September 4, 2009, with a "fairness hearing" to be held on October 7. Despite some support from the publishing community, the library community and others, there remains considerable opposition to the settlement. One open question is whether the settlement will move forward.
In related news, Google announced in August that it would be making all of its public domain scanned book files available in the EPUB format and available for download onto EPUB compatible readers. (See the story below.) EPUB was one of the topics discussed during the NISO/BISG Forum held this summer as well as the webinar on e-books. You can view online a video of the presentation that Michael Smith, Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum, gave during that meeting .
Finally, NISO is planning another busy fall of educational events. On the heels of our successful e-books forum, NISO will be revisiting the issues surrounding licensing with a two-part webinar this month. And early next month, a tremendous group of industry leaders will gather for a two day forum in Boston on Library Resource Management Systems. These vital components to library management are undergoing significant transformation and we will be exploring the use and application of these systems from a variety of perspectives. Despite the current budgetary pressures, I hope you can join us in Boston, as few topics will have as lasting an impact as the systems upon which your institutions rely.
New Specs & Standards
September Two-Part Webinar: E-Resources Licensing
Don't miss NISO's two-part webinar on E-Resources Licensing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly to be held on September 9 and 16, 2009, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Register for both webinars and receive a 25% discount!
Part I of the webinar will provide an introduction to the basics of a license agreement as a legal contract. Participants will learn about basic legal terminology common to most licenses and what terms should be included or excluded as part of the negotiation. Mapping of the license terms to an ERM will be reviewed along with an introduction to the ONIX for Publication Licenses (ONIX-PL) schema as the mapping standard.
Part II of the webinar will review key terms in an agreement as highlighted in a sample license. The NISO Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) recommended practice will be introduced and compared to the sample license. The terms from the sample agreement that need to be mapped to the ERM will be highlighted. Two different agreements will be compared to show the differences or overlap in license terms.
Speakers for both parts of the Licensing webinars will be:
You can register for either webinar or both. Register for both webinars and receive a 25% discount! 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. Can't make it on the webinar date? Register and gain access to the recorded archive for one year.
October Webinar: Bibliographic Control Alphabet Soup
NISO's October webinar will focus on Bibliographic Control Alphabet Soup: AACR to RDA and Evolution of MARC. The webinar will be held on October 14, 2009 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Librarians, ILS vendors, and commercial cataloging service providers—as well a wide variety of related service providers—all know that the proverbial, heavily acronym-spiced "bibliographic control alphabet soup" involves the intelligent and well informed use of many ingredients. Chief in these are constantly evolving standards, combined with more than a sprinkling of creativity and insight.
These three expert metadata chefs will analyze and discuss specific alphabetic ingredients already in use or soon to be implemented in the bib control kitchen:
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. Can't make it on the webinar date? Register and gain access to the recorded archive for one year. For more information or to register, visit the event webpage.
Library Resource Management Systems Forum in Boston, October 8-9
Join NISO for a two-day forum on October 8-9 in Boston on Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities where we will consider the issues related to library resource management systems and the consequences for customers, users, vendors, and developers.
Attendees at all levels of system involvement and expertise will find thought-provoking discussion and ample opportunity to share ideas with the library, vendor, and developer communities.
Don't miss this stellar line-up of speakers and topics!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Early bird registration discounts are available through September 23. For the complete agenda, logistics information, and to register, visit the event webpage.
This forum is sponsored by Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Services.
Call for Participation for Two New NISO Projects
NISO Voting Members have expressed sufficient interest and approval votes for two new projects:
Working groups for both projects are currently being formed. If you are interested in participating in either group or in being added to either group's email interest lists for updates on the projects, please contact NISO.
COUNTER Release 3 Compliance Now Includes Use of SUSHI
The deadline for implementation of Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases was August 31, 2009. After that date, only vendors who have implemented Release 3 can be considered compliant.
Among the requirements for compliance in this new release is support of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93). As stated in section 4.1.1 of the Code of Practice, "COUNTER usage reports must also be provided in XML format in accordance with the COUNTER XML schema that is specified in the SUSHI protocol....COUNTER reports in XML must be downloadable using the SUSHI protocol, or manually, or both." Use of SUSHI is especially beneficial for the new consortia reports in Release 3, which can be very large due to the number of libraries' data included in the report.
COUNTER has published the first listing of publishers or vendors compliant with Release 3. Over 70 vendors are currently on the compliant list and 50 additional publishers/vendors are scheduled for compliance audit by November 2009.
New Specs & Standards
ARMA International, New standard initiative: ANSI/ARMA 18-20xx, Implications of Web-Based Technologies in Records Management
As Web-based technologies present significant challenges and risks for records management, this planned standard will provide guidance to RIM professionals and foster adherence to generally accepted recordkeeping principles. Examples of Web-based technologies will be discussed and will include wikis, blogs, miniblogs, mashups, classification sites, and social networking sites. This publication will address policies, procedures, change management, training, technology, and metadata as related to RIM best practices and the use of Web-based technologies. For more information or to participate, contact Nancy Barnes.
ISO/IEC 15963:2009, Information technology – Radio frequency identification for item management – Unique identification for RF tags
This 2nd edition revises the standard that describes the numbering systems available for the identification of RF tags. "The unique ID can be used for the traceability of the integrated circuit itself for quality control in its manufacturing process, for the traceability of the RF tag during its manufacturing process and along its lifetime, for the completion of the reading in a multi-antenna configuration, by the anti-collision mechanism to inventory multiple tags in the reader's field of view, and for the traceability of the Item to which the RF tag is attached.
ISO 23185:2009, Assessment and benchmarking of terminological resources – General concepts, principles and requirements
First edition of the standard that "describes fundamental concepts related to the effective use of terminological data. It provides general principles for a model applicable to a variety of terminological resources. It clarifies the usability attributes that constitute the model and provides guidelines for the overall assessment of terminological resources by taking the user's objectives into account."
W3C Recommendation, SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference
"Defines the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), a common data model for sharing and linking knowledge organization systems via the Web. Many knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri, taxonomies, classification schemes and subject heading systems, share a similar structure, and are used in similar applications. SKOS captures much of this similarity and makes it explicit, to enable data and technology sharing across diverse applications."
Google Sides with Sony in Backing EPUB E-Book Format
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