Each May, the international information community gets together for the Plenary meeting week of ISO's Technical Committee on Information and Documentation (TC46). One of NISO's key responsibilities is to represent US interests to this ISO committee that focuses on development of international standards in the space of libraries, publishing, and media. This year, the meeting was held in the Republic of Korea at the kind invitation of their national standards body, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), roughly equivalent to ANSI in the US. The meeting was quite productive and a lot was accomplished; as is generally the case when disperse groups gather for face-to-face meetings.
There are a lot of projects nearing completion within ISO that are sure to have a tremendous impact on the information community. The International Standard Name Identifier draft standard (ISO 27729) was passed with 100% approval prior to the meeting and the working group met to discuss the final few editorial changes needed before the project can move to final publication, including establishment and ISO accreditation of an ISNI registration authority. The DOI standard (ISO 26324) will soon be balloted at its final stage and approval for the International DOI Foundation (IDF) as the registration authority is underway. The first part of the structured vocabularies standard (ISO 25964-1) also was approved by 100% of the subcommittee's members but comments will likely require one more version to be balloted. Within the subcommittee on interoperability, the project to develop a three-part standard for RFID tags within libraries is nearing a late June release of its final draft ballot. Finally, the subcommittee on records management has just issued ballots on fundamentals and vocabulary (ISO 30300) and basic requirements for a management system (ISO 30301) for records.
Many more projects are underway within ISO's TC 46 and I will be discussing the plenary meeting and these projects in more detail on June 14, during NISO's regularly scheduled Open Teleconference. All are welcome to participate in this free teleconference at 3:00 pm EDT. In conjunction with the TC 46 plenary, I had the opportunity to participate in two separate symposia held by the national libraries of Korea and Taiwan. Slides from these presentations are available here and here. These were tremendous opportunities to share our experience with the library community in the two countries. The trip highlighted for me the fact that the information world is far more inter-connected than we realize in our day-to-day lives. Information flows (nearly) seamlessly across national borders, but the issues we face regarding discovery, delivery, access, and preservation are common among publishers and libraries around the world. It is in our common interest to work on standards to facilitate this exchange, not only in our own countries, but internationally as well.
We look forward to seeing many of you in Washington, DC for the American Library Association Conference later this month. NISO will have many programs and various NISO projects are spread throughout the conference program. Check out the full list of events on the NISO @ ALA webpage.
With kindest regards,
New Specs & Standards
June Webinar: Control Your Vocabulary: Real-World Applications of Semantic Technology
Semantic technologies are slowly opening up new frontiers in discovery and interaction with content. By tying together related terms, concepts, and data in meaningful ways, we can move beyond keyword searching as the primary means of content discovery in our community.
NISO's June9 webinar on Control Your Vocabulary: Real-World Applications of Semantic Technology (from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern), will provide suppliers of information-both publishers and libraries-will discuss this changing landscape and the work that is propelling it forward. Speakers and topics for the webinar are:
Registration is per site (defined as access for one computer). NISO and NASIG members may register at a discounted rate. A student discount is also available. Can't make it on the scheduled date or time? Registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year, which can be viewed at your convenience. For more information or to register, visit the event webpage.
The June webinar is generously sponsored by CrossRef.
NISO @ ALA Annual 2010 and Pre-Conference NISO/BISG Forum
NISO and BISG will co-host the fourth annual Changing Standards Landscape on June 25, 2010 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m., directly prior to the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Washington, DC. This year's free, half-day program will focus on how the information supply chain is reacting-and needs to react-to the demands of content consumers from the changing forms of digital distribution and communication.
Scott Lubeck (Executive Director, BISG) and Mark Bide (Executive Director, EDItEUR) will explore the standards issues related to identification and description. Discovery and retrieval tools will be discussed by Jane Burke (Senior Vice President, ProQuest and Serials Solutions) and Jabin White (Director of Strategic Content, Wolters Kluwer Health - Professional & Education). Closing out the forum, Jeremy York (Assistant Librarian, University of Michigan Library, and Project Librarian, HathiTrust) and Johan Bollen (Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Center for Complex Networks and System Research, Indiana University) will review the latest developments related to purchase and use. Visit the event webpage for more information and to view the full agenda. No registration is necessary but we ask that you RSVP to assist us in our preparations.
On Sunday, June 27, 2010, be sure to attend the NISO Update: Simplifying Digital Content: Standards from Creation to Distribution and Access from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Topics and speakers for the update are:
There are several other sessions where NISO projects will be presented at ALA, including the LITA Standards Interest Group meeting. Visit the NISO @ ALA webpage for a complete list of sessions, dates, and times.
NISO Requests Input for Journal Article Versions Survey
Online publishing allows for the release of multiple versions of journal articles-and these growing practices are redefining our concept of "publishing" and the "version of record." How do we determine when a manuscript is considered final? Which version should be cited? How do we best indicate online article versions?
In 2008, NISO published the Recommended Practice, "Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group" (NISO RP-8-2008). The recommended version classifications could be incorporated into article metadata for database or repository management, archiving and cataloging, online display, and more.
Now, NISO would like to hear what you think. How do you manage version control of journal articles? Are you amenable to industry standards for online versions? Who is responsible for managing such version metadata? Please take a moment to contribute your perspectives by answering a short survey by July 16, 2010. It should take no more than five minutes to complete. Following the survey, a report of the results will be made available on the NISO website.
The survey can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PBJSPKR
UKSG and NISO Announce First Endorsers of KBART Recommended Practice and Initiation of Phase II
The American Institute of Physics, Ex Libris, Serials Solutions, and OCLC are the first organizations to publicly endorse the Phase I recommendations of the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) Working Group, a joint initiative of NISO and UKSG that is exploring data problems within the OpenURL supply chain. KBART's Phase I Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2010), published in January 2010, contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers. A number of other major organizations in the scholarly information supply chain are also working towards KBART endorsement.
All content providers, from major databases to small publishers, are encouraged to publicly endorse the KBART Recommended Practice by submitting a sample file to the KBART working group. Once the file's format and content has been reviewed and approved, and the provider has made it publicly available (in line with the recommendations), the provider will be added to a public list of endorsing providers. Knowledge base developers can endorse the KBART Recommended Practice by confirming that their systems can process KBART formatted files. In addition, a contacts registry is now available on the KBART Information Hub where content providers and knowledge base developers can register their organization's information for downloading holdings metadata.
The KBART working group is now progressing to Phase II, with a largely new set of volunteers. Sarah Pearson (University of Birmingham) the UKSG co-chair will be joined by Andreas Biedenbach (Springer Science+Business Media) as the NISO co-chair.
For more information on the endorsements and the Phase II working group members, to review the KBART Recommended Practice, or to find out how to get involved in future phases of KBART's work, visit the KBART workroom.
New Specs & Standards
DAISY Consortium, Revision of the DAISY Standard: ZedAI Public Draft Available for Review
The DAISY (ANSI/NISO Z39.86) Authoring and Interchange Framework, called ZedAI for short, is a specification that defines the next generation of DAISY XML. The ZedAI Framework, now available for review and comment until the end of the third quarter of 2010, is one of the two parts in the ongoing major revision of the DAISY Standard. The specification is intended to be submitted to NISO for formal standardization in the fourth quarter of 2010, with final approval expected in the spring of 2011. Please use the ZedAI forum and/or the issue tracker to provide feedback. A list of items that reviewers are asked to focus on is available from the ZedAI User Portal.
IFLA ISBD Review Group, International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Revision Draft Issued for Worldwide Review
After more than two years since the publication of the ISBD preliminary consolidated edition, 2007, an updated draft revision has been issued for comment. The revision incorporates suggestions from the previous review and reflects efforts to bring description of all materials to the same state of conformity with FRBR. Comments should be sent by July 11 2010 to Elena Escolano Rodríguez and John Hostage.
ISO/IEC 14496-1:2010, Information technology – Coding of audio-visual objects – Part 1: Systems
Fourth edition of the standard that specifies system level functionalities for the communication of interactive audio-visual scenes, i.e. the coded representation of information related to the management of data streams (synchronization, identification, description, and association of stream content).
W3C has announced the creation of the Library Linked Data Incubator Group, whose mission is to help increase global interoperability of library data on the Web, by bringing together people involved in Semantic Web activities-focusing on Linked Data-in the library community and beyond, building on existing initiatives, and identifying collaboration tracks for the future. The following W3C Members have sponsored the charter for this group: Helsinki University of Technology, DERI Galway, Competence Centre for Interoperable Metadata (KIM), Library of Congress, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MIMOS, OCLC, Talis, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
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