E-books have been on everyone's mind over the past year and there are certainly enough issues to maintain people's attention for the next several years at least. That might be the minimum amount of time necessary to work through all of the challenges e-books are presenting us with. Earlier this summer, NISO organized an E-book Special Interest Group, which has pulled together experts and interested community members from libraries and publishers to software providers and service companies. The purpose of the group is to develop better coordination and collaboration in the space of e-books, to research e-book needs and trends, to incubate new standards activities, and to educate the community about these areas of work. The E-book SIG began with brainstorming sessions focused in four areas that were determined by a poll of the group's participants. Those areas are discovery services, distribution methods, metadata, and accessibility. Subgroups have been identified to focus on each of these topics. Each subgroup met virtually in August as did both the core and monitoring groups. A lot of great ideas were exchanged and there is a wealth of opportunity for new work coming out of these groups.
It is by no means too late to engage in the E-book SIG or any of the subgroups. We encourage participation either on a monitoring level or at a more active core level from all members in our community, regardless of NISO membership status. The groups are seeking to be as broad and diverse as possible, especially in these early brainstorming stages. The brainstorming will continue both during group calls and through discussion lists and other online forums. The group also decided on a bias toward openness and therefore all of the call recordings and notes related to this work will be publicly available to the broader community. You can follow their activities on the E-book SIG webpage.
We are also continuing work in other existing NISO initiatives related to e-books. The revision to the DAISY Authoring and Interchange Format is currently a draft for trial use through September 28. Also, NISO has received a proposal that is currently out to member ballot on annotation of reflowable texts. This project is associated with the Mellon Foundation Grant NISO received to hold two workshops on Annotation Sharing in October. There is still space to participate in those meetings.
We have a very full line-up of educational programs through the end of the year on topics ranging from preservation to supplemental data, discovery tools, RDA, vocabularies, and assessment metrics. Check our 2011 education webpage for topics of interest to you and your organization.
Welcome back from the summer and join us in jumping right into a very busy fall!
New Specs & Standards
September 14 Webinar: Discoverable, Available, Accessible: Preserving Digital Content
As more and more artifacts of our cultural heritage and scholarly work product become digitally created and disseminated, long-term preservation becomes increasingly challenging for archives, libraries and other memory organizations. To help these institutions fulfill their mission, software manufacturers and service providers have developed specialized digital preservation solutions for a variety of scholarly and cultural materials.
NISO's September 14 webinar, Discoverable, Available, Accessible: Preserving Digital Content, will review current standards and best practices for assuring the authenticity, findability, accessibility and usability of digital content and some of the solutions that use them.
Topics and speakers are:
NISO and NASIG members can register at the member rate. There is also a student discount. Can't make it for the live webinar date? Registrants get access to the recorded version for one year. For more information or to register, visit the event webpage.
September 28 Webinar: Return on Investment (ROI) in Linking the Semantic Web
The much-heralded Semantic Web is enabled by an ability for machines to process webpages and certain data intelligently and perform better tasks on behalf of end users. Material is linked together through machine-readable statements of relationships among ideas, people, events, and places. Linked data examples are beginning to abound in the scholarly information environment, appearing from both publishers and libraries. NISO's September 28 webinar Return on Investment (ROI) in Linking the Semantic Web will showcase several such examples. Presenters will describe their motivations for investment in such projects and discuss interfaces and other early outcomes.
NISO and NASIG members can register at the member rate. There is also a student discount. Registrants to all three of the 2011 NISO/DCMI webinars can attend this webinar free of charge. Can't make it for the live webinar date? Registrants get access to the recorded version for one year. For more information or to register, visit the event webpage.
Two-part October Webinar: Managing Data for Scholarly Communication
The data sets that are created as part of scholarly research have become a hot topic with respect to how they can be managed and shared in today's electronic and networked environment. There are many initiatives underway in various domains that are developing standards or best practices for data sets. NISO's two-part webinar in October on Managing Data for Scholarly Communication will review several of the initiatives underway to make data sets more accessible.
Part 1 to be held on October 12 will focus on the inclusion of Supplemental Data in the scholarly publication process. While online environments create new opportunities for sharing such data, publishers and users are faced with challenges for the management, discovery, and resources required to support supplemental data. This part of the webinar will address the definition of supplemental data, discuss how it may affect the peer review and publication process, and show examples and viewpoints of how various parties are working toward implementation methods.
Part 2 to be held on October 19 addresses the Technical Management issues of dealing with data set repositories. The explosion of data creation across all scholarly disciplines necessitates corresponding efforts to create new solutions for its management and use. Ever-growing repositories and datasets within require organization, identification, description, publication, discovery, citation, preservation, and curation to allow these materials to realize their potential in support of data-driven, often interdisciplinary research. This part of the webinar will answer question about what infrastructures and technical environments are required for this work; how new approaches, specifications, standards, and best practices be created; and what partnerships and collaborations exist or can be pursued.
You may register for either or both parts of the webinar; registrants to both part of the webinar receive a 25% discount. NISO and NASIG members can register at the member rate. There is also a student discount. Can't make it for the live webinar date? Registrants get access to the recorded version for one year. For more information and to register, visit the event webpages:
NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance – Early Bird Rates Through October 12
Be sure to register by October 12 to get the early bird discount for NISO's forum The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books, to be held October 24-25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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; presentations 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. Additional discounts are available to NISO members and students. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage.
NISO to Co-Sponsor THATCamp Publishing! Unconference
In conjunction with the 2011 Digital Library Federation Forum, the Digital Library Federation, NISO, MPublishing, the New York University Libraries, the Penn State University Libraries, and PressForward will co-sponsor a THATCamp Publishing Unconference on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Maryland.
An unconference means that there will be no presentations apart from a few educational workshops. We'll all set the schedule together by talking about it beforehand on the blog and by brainstorming and voting in the first session on 10/30. The chief topic will be new forms of scholarly and trade publishing, especially (but not exclusively) as facilitated by academic libraries and university presses.
Only the first 75 registrants can attend; anyone who registers after that will be placed on a wait list in case of cancellations. For more information and to register, visit the THATCamp Publishing website.
New on the NISO website
New Specs & Standards
The OpenURL Maintenance Agency has approved a Canonical Citation Community Profile and Metadata Format for use with the NISO standard The OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services (ANSI/NISO Z39.88-2004). The Canonical Citation Community Profile defines the method for using the OpenURL framework to link canonical citations-citations to a work or passage within a work that is independent of any specific published edition or translation of the work-with various information services. Examples of canonical citations are: Homer, Iliad, 1:125-130, or Romans 5:19.
ISO 25964-1:2011, Information and documentation — Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies — Part 1: Thesauri for information retrieval
This new standard revises and replaces ISO 2788:1986 on monolingual thesauri and ISO 5964:1985 on multilingual thesauri. ISO 25964-1:2011 gives recommendations for the development and maintenance of thesauri intended for information retrieval applications. It is applicable to vocabularies used for retrieving information about all types of information resources, irrespective of the media used (text, sound, still or moving image, physical object or multimedia) including knowledge bases and portals, bibliographic databases, text, museum or multimedia collections, and the items within them. It also provides a data model and recommended format for the import and export of thesaurus data. For more information including a schema and schema documentation, visit the project webpage.
ISO 15511:2011, Information and documentation — International standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL)
ISO 15511:2011 specifies the International Standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL), which comprises a set of standard identifiers used for the unique identification of libraries, archives, museums, and related organizations with a minimum impact on already existing systems. This third edition comprises principally editorial changes and does not introduce significant technical modifications to the document's normative elements.
ISO/TR 23081-3:2011, Information and documentation — Managing metadata for records — Part 3: Self-assessment method
This new technical report provides guidance on conducting a self-assessment on records metadata in relation to the creation, capture, and control of records. Such a self-assessment helps to: identify the current state of metadata capture and management in or across organizations; identify priorities of what to work on and when; identify key requirements from ISO 23081-1:2006 and ISO 23081-2:2009; evaluate progress in the development of a metadata framework for the implementation of specific systems and projects; and evaluate system and project readiness (move to the next phase in a system or project) when including records metadata functionality in a system. A records metadata readiness evaluation is provided for key steps from project inception through to the implementation/maintenance phase.
ISO/IEC 40210:2011, Information technology — W3C SOAP Version 1.2 Part 1: Messaging Framework (Second Edition)
SOAP Version 1.2 (SOAP) is a lightweight protocol intended for exchanging structured information in a decentralized, distributed environment. It uses XML technologies to define an extensible messaging framework providing a message construct that can be exchanged over a variety of underlying protocols. The SOAP messaging framework defined in ISO/IEC 40210:2011 is designed to be independent of any particular programming model and other implementation specific semantics. Related standards published simultaneously are: ISO/IEC 40220:2011, Information technology — W3C SOAP Version 1.2 Part 2: Adjuncts (Second Edition); ISO/IEC 40230:2011, Information technology — W3C SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism; ISO/IEC 40240:2011, Information technology — W3C Web Services Addressing 1.0 — Core; ISO/IEC 40250:2011, Information technology — W3C Web Services Addressing 1.0 — SOAP Binding; ISO/IEC 40260:2011, Information technology — W3C Web Services Addressing 1.0 — Metadata; ISO/IEC 40270:2011, Information technology — W3C Web Services Policy 1.5 — Framework; and ISO/IEC 40280:2011, Information technology — W3C Web Services Policy 1.5 — Attachment.
ISO/IEC 24800-5:2011, Information technology — JPSearch — Part 5: Data interchange format between image repositories
First edition of the standard that specifies a data interchange format for the exchange of image collections and respective metadata between ISO/IEC 24800 (JPSearch) compliant repositories. It enables the synchronization of repositories across different devices and platforms by providing an easy and reliable data transfer mechanism. In particular, it provides exchange of data between JPSearch repositories on different devices and platforms; consolidation of metadata generated on different systems; transferral of data to a newer and better system; consolidation of selected data to a centralized repository; and archive of data in a format which will survive current products.
NISO Z39.96 The Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS): What Happened to the NLM DTDs?
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