We all like wrapping things up—especially when projects have taken a long time and have required a lot of work to bring things to completion. The challenge with standards development is that more often than not, things are never really finished. As technology changes, as our environment changes, things move on. Life is constantly evolving and we deal with most things in life by adapting and growing in order to succeed. NISO took this perspective to heart several years ago and has focused a tremendous amount of attention onto the issue of post-publication adoption, follow-up and training.
Anyone monitoring NISO's work will recognize the change. Looking at the active working groups, you will notice that there are an increasing number of standing committees and maintenance groups, managed by NISO, even for projects that were "completed" and published several years ago, such as SUSHI, NCIP, and Z39.7. In addition, work on ESPReSSO, KBART, and SERU hasn't wrapped up, simply because those recommended practices were published. ESPReSSO is focused on promotion and adoption, and both KBART and SERU are expanding their recommendations to address related issues.
Another example of a group that had published its work, but continued to engage and react to activities taking place outside of NISO, is the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in U.S. Libraries project. That group published its first Recommended Practice (RP) back in early 2008. Subsequently, in 2011, a new international ISO standard on RFID in libraries was published. Key members of the NISO group worked on the international committee and before the ISO standard was published, had already started the NISO group on revising the U.S. recommendations. I'm pleased to announce that the revised RP on RFID in U.S. Libraries (NISO RP-6-2012) has been published as a U.S. profile of the international specification and hopefully will support greater adoption of RFID systems in libraries.
Training is another critical element of standards adoption and NISO continues its schedule of terrific educational events. We have six more events scheduled for April through June. I hope you'll be able to join us for at least one of these programs. In particular, those of you attending the ALA Annual conference in Anaheim this June should be sure to add the 6th Annual NISO/BISG Changing Standards Landscape Forum. This free event will take place Friday, June 22nd at 12:00 Pacific time.
We are looking forward to more projects passing the milestones of publication in the next few months. In addition, we're planning the launch of several new initiatives, which we'll be announcing soon. I encourage you to get involved with NISO as we move on down the road.
New Specs & Standards
April Webinar: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Platform Change: Perspectives from a Publisher and a Librarian
In recent months, information providers have released a range of modifications to many abstracting and full text journal platforms. Whether an update to its look and feel or a radical restructuring of its search, browse, and full text features, any successful change to a familiar interface requires communication, tolerance, and understanding among the affected information provider, publisher(s), and library customer.
Join NISO on April 11, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern for the webinar What to Expect When You're Expecting a Platform Change, where a publisher and a librarian will share their own experiences with determining priorities, learning lessons, and improving practices related to changed and changing information platforms.
Topics and Speakers
To register and for more information, visit the event webpage.
NISO/DCMI Webinar: Schema.org and Linked Data: Complementary Approaches to Publishing Data
NISO and DCMI will hold their second of four 2012 webinars on Schema.org and Linked Data: Complementary Approaches to Publishing Data on April 25, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Schema.org, a collaboration of the Google, Yahoo!, and Bing search engines, provides a way to include structured data in Web pages. The Schema.org initiative has emerged as a focal point for publishers of structured data in Web pages, especially but not exclusively in the commercial sector. This webinar will explore how the publication methods of Schema.org relate to the methods used to publish Linked Data.
Speakers are Dan Brickley, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Get a package deal; purchase three NISO/DCMI webinars, get the fourth webinar free. (The first webinar from February will be provided in a recorded version.)
To register and for more information, visit the event webpage.
May Two-Part Webinar: Understanding Critical Elements of E-books: Acquiring, Sharing, and Preserving
In May, NISO will continue its series of webinars on Understanding Critical Elements of E-books with a two-part webinar focused on the issues of Acquiring, Sharing, and Preserving E-books. Each part is independent; you can register for either one or both. Get a 25% discount if you register for both parts.
In Part 1, Can I Access the World? Involving Users in E-book Acquisition and Sharing, you will hear from two librarians and a publisher on their experiences with using patron-drive acquisitions.
Part 1 Topics and Speakers:
In Part 2, Heritage Lost? Ensuring the Preservation of E-books, learn how HathiTrust and Portico are working with their partners to preserve e-books and what challenges they have encountered.
Part 2 Topics and Speakers:
For more information and to register, visit the event webpage.
NISO Publishes Revised Recommended Practice for RFID in U.S. Libraries
NISO's newest recommended practice is RFID in U.S. Libraries (NISO RP-6-2012), a revision of the 2008 Recommended Practice that provides a set of practices and procedures to ensure interoperability among U.S. RFID implementations in libraries.
Since the publication of the original Recommended Practice, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published in 2011 a three-part international standard (ISO 28560) on RFID in Libraries defining the data model and the encoding of data on RFID tags for item management in libraries. The international standard offers two different encoding options and many optional data elements; RFID in U.S. Libraries (NISO-RP-6-2012) recommends a common subset of the data elements to be placed on library tags in the U.S., as well as selecting the preferred encoding and formatting of that data.
Adoption of this Recommended Practice will ensure that U.S. libraries can procure tags and equipment from different vendors, merge collections containing different manufacturers' tags, and, for the purposes of interlibrary loan, read the tags on items belonging to other libraries. Libraries that have been holding back on implementation now have the standard approach they need to protect their investments in RFID.
The Recommended Practice is available for free download from the NISO RFID Working Group's webpage.
Information Standards Quarterly Annual Review Issue Now Available
The latest issue of NISO's Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) magazine is now available in open access in PDF from the NISO website. This issue of ISQ provides the annual review of 2011 accomplishments of NISO and of the ISO TC46 committee. Also included is the annual reference listing of NISO's standards, recommended practices, and technical reports.
The standard spotlight in this issue is the new ISO thesaurus standard (ISO 25964-1). Authors Stella G. Dextre Clarke and Marcia Lei Zeng, who were the chair and U.S. representative, respectively, on the working group that developed the standard discuss in this article not only this new standard, but also the evolution and history of thesaurus standards development.
Rounding out the issue are a NISO Report on the new Web Resource Synchronization project and several noteworthy news reports on recent standards and recommended practices.
Both the entire issue and individual articles may be freely downloaded from the NISO website.
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New Specs & Standards
ARMA International, Call for Participation for Two New Projects
ARMA International Standards/Best Practices is recruiting volunteer participants for two new technical report publication projects: Developing Electronic File Structures and Procedures and Issues for Managing Electronic Messages as Records (a revision of TR 02-2007).To learn more and to complete an online application to join one of these project teams, visit the ARMA International Standards Development Program Projects In Progress webpage and select the project of interest. Recruitment for these two newest project teams closes April 30, 2012.
The overall aim of the Usage Factor project is to explore how online journal usage statistics might form the basis of a new measure of journal impact and quality, the Usage Factor (UF). The Draft Release 1 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Usage Factors, is one of the most significant outcomes to-date of the Usage Factor project, and is an important part of the final Stage of the project, which will take Usage Factor forward to full implementation. The draft will be available for comment on the COUNTER website until September 30, 2012. Comments should be sent to Peter Shepherd, COUNTER Director.
ISO 27729 specifies the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) for the identification of public identities of parties, i.e. the identities used publicly by parties involved throughout the media content industries in the creation, production, management, and content distribution chains. The ISNI system uniquely identifies public identities across multiple fields of creative activity and provides a tool for disambiguating public identities that might otherwise be confused. For more information, visit the ISNI website.
ISO/IEC 29167-1:2012 Information technology – Automatic identification and data capture techniques – Part 1: Air interface for security services and file management for RFID architecture
ISO/IEC 29167-1 defines the architecture for security and file management for the ISO/IEC 18000 air interface standards for radio frequency identification (RFID) devices. It provides a common technical specification for security and file management for RFID devices that can be used by ISO committees developing RFID application standards. Both security and file management are defined in alignment with existing air interfaces; ISO/IEC 29167-1 only covers extensions on security and file management beyond the scope of the ISO/IEC 18000 air interfaces. ISO/IEC 29167-1 defines various security features called security mechanisms that can be implemented by a tag depending on the application. A tag can support one, a subset, or all of the specified security mechanisms.
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