We're deep into the summer doldrums—and looking for heat-induced escapes from the steamy heat wave over much of the U.S.—but the pace of projects doesn't slow despite the heat, baseball season, or family vacations. Given the typically slow nature of standards development, one might be surprised that things at NISO seem to move so quickly we can barely catch our breath at times. In June during the NISO update at the ALA conference in New Orleans we discussed the pace of work underway at NISO.
This month represents my fifth anniversary as the Director of NISO and reflecting on our accomplishments since 2006, a lot has changed. The leadership infrastructure launched by the Board of Directors tripled NISO's capacity to get projects moving and keep them on track. Presently, there are more projects underway than at any time in NISO's history—17 active groups. We have decreased the average time from launch to publication to just under two years. Understanding that NISO's job is not only to develop and publish standards and recommended practices, but also extends post-publication to education and training, we have expanded that work as well with webinars, teleconferences, and in-person forums. Through these educational programs, a revamped and now open access Information Standards Quarterly magazine, the monthly Newsline e-newsletter, and the quarterly Working Group Connection update, we are building awareness and understanding about our work. The working groups are all taking a more active role in making presentations and writing about their projects and many projects continue after publication with a Standing Committee to promote adoption and provide implementation support. We're also well positioned to add new initiatives and new projects, with a new E-book SIG underway and four proposals under consideration at the moment.
Five years could seem a lifetime or it could fly by like a sparrow. Fortunately for me, the last five years at NISO have been much more the latter than the former. I'm looking forward to the next five years with equal excitement to the first day when I walked into the NISO office. I expect that we will continue to make progress in our five key areas: incubation, inclusion, development, consensus, and education. It will be exciting to continue to lead and participate in this pursuit. Thank you to everyone who has made this ride possible, productive, and enjoyable.
Enjoy the rest of your summer, everyone.
New Specs & Standards
August Webinar: Tangible Assets – Management of Physical Library Resources
Although access to digital information is ubiquitous today, there is still a very solid demand for material in physical form. Libraries spend significant time and resources in the storage, preservation, and delivery of physical items, which remain critical to the core library values of user access and resource sharing. Yet in today's financial environment, libraries must find ways to be more cost-effective, ideally without reducing service levels. NISO's August webinar on Tangible Assets – Management of Physical Library Resources, to be held August 10, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time), will cover recent efforts in making work with physical materials as efficient as possible and will share creative solutions for managing these still-valuable library assets.
Speakers and topics include:
For more information or to register, visit the event webpage.
NISO/DCMI Webinar: International Bibliographic Standards, Linked Data, and the Impact on Library Cataloging
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is responsible for the development and maintenance of International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD), UNIMARC, and the "Functional Requirements" family for bibliographic records (FRBR), authority data (FRAD), and subject authority data (FRSAD). ISBD underpins the MARC family of formats used by libraries world-wide for many millions of catalog records, while FRBR is a relatively new model optimized for users and the digital environment. These metadata models, schemas, and content rules are now being expressed in the Resource Description Framework language for use in the Semantic Web.
This joint NISO/DCMI webinar on International Bibliographic Standards, Linked Data, and the Impact on Library Cataloging, to be held August 24, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time), provides a general update on the work being undertaken. It describes the development of an Application Profile for ISBD to specify the sequence, repeatability, and mandatory status of its elements. It discusses issues involved in deriving linked data from legacy catalog records based on monolithic and multi-part schemas following ISBD and FRBR, such as the duplication which arises from copy cataloging and FRBRization. The webinar provides practical examples of deriving high-quality linked data from the vast numbers of records created by libraries, and demonstrates how a shift of focus from records to linked-data triples can provide more efficient and effective user-centered resource discovery services.
Speakers for the webinar are:
For more information or to register, visit the event webpage.
NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books
E-books have existed in the library landscape for over a decade, but it is only in the last few years that their use has shifted to finally become the game-changer that all have anticipated for so long. Availability, distribution, licensing, discoverability, current and future access, and usage of e-books all require content providers and libraries to change many of their existing processes and find new ways to do business. Amidst this confusion is a wealth of opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives.
The NISO Forum, The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books, to be held October 24-25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland, will probe platform interoperability, archiving, and preservation issues from a variety of industry, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints.
Planned topics include opening and closing keynotes; panel discussions on publisher and content provider issues and from vendors and platform providers; discussion of libraries, librarians, and e-books; presentation on users, patrons, and devices in the hands of users; a review of e-book standards; roundtable discussions on topics from the new NISO E-book Special Interest Group; and an Ask Anything session for attendees.
Don't miss the chance to participate in this community discussion for advancing e-book development and support. Early bird discounts are available to those who register by October 12. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage.
Recommended Practice on Test Modes for SUSHI Servers Issued for Trial Use
A new NISO recommended practice, Providing a Test Mode for SUSHI Servers (NISO RP-13-201x), has been issued for a trial use period ending January 31, 2012. The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol is a NISO standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007) that automates the retrieval of COUNTER usage statistics by libraries. The process of developing a SUSHI client requires testing against the SUSHI servers where usage data is expected to be harvested. The new Recommended Practice describes how content providers should provide access to their SUSHI Servers in a test mode so that clients can be set up easier and faster, which is of benefit to both libraries and content providers.
The draft Recommended Practice and an online comment form are available from the SUSHI Server Recommendation webpage. All content providers who provide COUNTER usage statistics are encouraged to implement the recommendations during the trial and provide their feedback.
New on the NISO Website
New Specs & Standards
JISC Committee for Development of RDA, DCMI/RDA Task Group, and ALA Publishing, First RDA Vocabularies Published
The first group of RDA controlled vocabularies has been reviewed, approved, and their status in the Open Metadata Registry (OMR) changed to published. This status change, from "new-proposed" to "published" signals that the final steps have begun in reviewing the work of the DCMI/RDA Task Group and ensuring that the RDA vocabularies (both elements and Controlled vocabularies/concepts) are available in a stable form for the builders of applications.
The finished vocabularies are: RDA Aspect Ratio, RDA Form of Musical Notation, RDA Format of Notated Music, RDA Layout of Cartographic Images, RDA Mode of Issuance, RDA Other Distinguishing Characteristic of the Expression of a Legal Work, RDA Production Method for Tactile Resource, RDA Reduction Ratio, RDA Scale, RDA Sound Content, and RDA Status of Identification.
W3C Working Draft, User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0
The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published an updated Working Draft of the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0. UAAG defines how browsers, media players, and other "user agents" should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. The Working Group also published an updated Working Draft of Implementing UAAG 2.0. For information on changes and providing feedback, read the invitation to review the UAAG 2.0 Working Draft.
W3C Candidate Recommendation, Ontology for Media Resources 1.0
The Media Annotations Working Group is calling for implementation of the Candidate Recommendation Ontology for Media Resources 1.0. The term "Ontology" as used in this document is in its broadest possible definition: a core vocabulary. The intent of this vocabulary is to bridge the different descriptions of media resources and provide a core set of descriptive properties. This document defines a core set of metadata properties for media resources, along with their mappings to elements from a set of existing metadata formats. It also presents a Semantic Web compatible implementation of the abstract ontology using RDF/OWL. The document is mostly targeted towards media resources available on the Web, as opposed to media resources that are only accessible in local repositories.
The Journal Usage Factor Project: Results, Recommendations and Next Steps
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