October 2014 NISO Forum


Headshot of NISO Eexecutive Director, Todd Carpenter

August 2014

One of the nicest things about summer is that it provides an opportunity to step back, relax, and ponder where things are heading and what goals we want to set for ourselves moving forward. Fortunately, this coincides with NISO's planning for the upcoming year, which is done in preparation for our fall Board of Directors meeting. We have a lot to consider pushing into 2015. From our programs to our membership benefits and services, it is always good to reflect carefully on all that we do and how we are investing our modest resources.

NISO's educational programs have been a tremendous success, growing in frequency, scope, and most importantly participation. We're hosting close to 40 educational events in 2014, but in what ways should they continue to grow and serve the training needs of the community? Could we develop repeatable training modules around technology in our community, or even new strategies to engage early-career professionals in standards development activities?

Development work on standards has proceeded at a frenetic pace for the past three years, with a steady stream of new standards and best practices being issued. Just this summer, NISO completed three projects. And there is still a great deal of new work on the horizon. It seems there is a growing demand for standards to enhance efficiency in the community. But what should our development priorities be moving forward? Our leadership committees are in the process of developing a strategic vision document that will outline and scope the next 18 months of NISO's priorities.

In terms of our publications, both Information Standards Quarterly and Newsline continue to see tremendous traffic and discussions. Their reach and usage have grown significantly over the years. But are we taking full advantage of the digital media landscape? While informative, the platforms that we have been using are not nearly as interactive and engaging as they could be. How can we foster better two-way (or more!) conversations about trends and developments in our community?

I would love to hear your thoughts on these questions. Please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas and suggestions. Just like the standards development process, the more voices and ideas contributed to this thought exercise, the better results that we will be able to implement in the future.

We hope all of you have a peaceful summer when you too can reflect on your own organization's priorities and accomplishments.


Todd Carpenter’s Signature

Todd Carpenter
Executive Director

NISO Reports

August Webinar: Streamlining and Simplifying: Advances in Consortial Licensing

The process of license negotiation has always been a tortuous one for both publishers and librarians. Librarians have begun to leverage their strength in numbers and to simplify the process of license negotiation through the use of consortial licenses that cover more than a single institution. The use of consortial licensing, the terms and conditions, and the ease in which they can be negotiated and implemented continue to evolve.

NISO's August webinar, Streamlining and Simplifying: Advances in Consortial Licensing—to be held August 13 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT—will explore some of the developments in consortial licensing and will look at new directions and ways to improve the processes.

Speakers and topics are:

  • Starting Point: Using Model License Templates to Streamline License Negotiation and ContractingChristine Stamison, Director at Northeast Research Libraries Consortium

  • Using SERU (Shared Electronic Resources Understanding) in Lieu of a LicenseAnne E. McKee, M.L.S., Program Officer for Resource Sharing, Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA); Co-chair of the NISO SERU (Shared Electronic Resource Understanding) Standing Committee

  • The Publisher-to-Consortia RelationshipDavid Celano, Vice President, Library Sales, Springer

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage.

Two-Part September Webinar: E-books for Education

NISO will be holding a two-part webinar in September on the topic of E-books for Education. In Part 1, to be held on September 10, speakers will address Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn. In Part 2, to be held on September 17, the focus is on Open Textbook Initiatives.

Speakers and topics for Part 1, Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn, are:

  • Advocating for Change: Open Textbooks and AffordabilityNicole Allen, Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

  • Open Your Books and Turn to Page 10: Getting Students To Use their E-TextbooksReggie Cobb, Biology Instructor, Nash Community College (Rocky Mountain, NC)

  • Library as Leader: Internet 2 / EDUCAUSE Etextbook PilotMonica Metz-Wiseman, Coordinator of Electronic Collections, University of South Florida Libraries

Speakers and topics for Part 2, Open Textbook Initiatives, are:

  • The Library Publishing Landscape for E-TextbooksFaye Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and Press Director, Oregon State University

  • Student-Funded Textbook Initiative at Kansas State UniversityBrian Lindshield, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Kansas State University and Beth Turtle, Associate Professor/Head, Scholarly Communications & Publishing, Kansas State University Libraries

  • Using Open Resources to Expand Access to EducationMolly Lindsay, Vice President of Content, Boundless

You may register for one or both parts; registrants to both parts receive a 25% discount. For more information and to register, visit the event webpages: Part 1; Part 2.

September Virtual Conference: Library Data in the Cloud

Cloud computing seems to be a growing trend, no matter the industry or type of information system. Library systems are no stranger to this trend; just about every major systems provider has a cloud-based solution available. While many factors for selecting a cloud system are similar to those for any information system decision, there are some special issues and challenges for storing your data in the cloud, including security, privacy, ownership, interoperability, and transferability.

In NISO's September 24 virtual conference, Library Data in the Cloud—to be held from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT—libraries that have explored the use of cloud systems will discuss their experiences, their concerns, issues encountered, and lessons learned.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Keynote SpeakerRick McMullen, PhD, Director of the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center and Research Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, University of Arkansas

  • Integrated Library Systems Moving to the CloudJoseph R. Matthews, author and library consultant

  • Big Data Processing in the Cloud: a Hydra/Sufia ExperienceZhiwu Xie, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Technology Development Librarian, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship University Libraries, Virginia Tech

  • Cloud Computing in Library InstructionLaura Fargo McKinnon, JD, MLIS, Department Head, Research & Instructional Services, University of North Texas Libraries

  • Institutional Repositories in the CloudSteve Tuecke, Deputy Director, Computation Institute, University of Chicago; Co-Founder of the Globus Project

  • Resource Management in the CloudJeffrey D. Kuskie, Electronic Resource Manager, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Security and Data Ownership in the CloudAndrew Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC; Councilor-at-large, American Library Association

  • Privacy in the CloudMichael Zimmer, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, Director, Center for Information Policy Research, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage.

New on the NISO Website

New Specs & Standards

Call for Candidates for the Registration Authority for ISO 17316 International Standard Link Identifier (ISLI)

ISO's TC46/SC9 committee, Information and documentation/Identification and description, is developing a new standard ISO 17316, Information and documentation – International Standard Link Identifier (ISLI), as an international identifier system for links between entities in the field of information and documentation. The ISLI standard, which is in its final stages of approval, will require a Registration Authority for its implementation and ongoing operation. ISO TC46/SC9 has issued a Call for Candidates inviting proposals from qualified organizations interested in serving as Registration Authority for ISO 17316. The deadline for responses is September 1, 2014.

ISO 18626:2014, Information and documentation – Interlibrary Loan Transactions

ISO 18626:2014 specifies the transactions between libraries or libraries and other agencies to handle requests for library items through three simple message exchanges: a request, a supplying library message, and a requesting library message. The element names, transport, and XML schema have been aligned with similar functions in ANSI/NISO Z39.83, NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol. This ISO standard is intended to eventually succeed the three part Open Systems Interconnection – Interlibrary Loan Application standard: ISO 10160, ISO 10161-1, and ISO 10161-2.

W3C Launches Push for Social Web Application Interoperability

W3C launched a new Social Activity to develop standards to make it easier to build and integrate social applications with the Open Web Platform. Future standards—including vocabularies for social applications, activity streams, embedded experiences and in-context actions, and protocols to federate social information such as status updates—will address use cases that range from social business applications, to cross-organization federation, to greater user control over personal data. Read the complete joint press release with OpenSocial Foundation.

Media Stories

Resource Description and Access: 2014 Update
Serials Review, posted online August 1, 2014; by Matthew Jansen

"This article summarizes a presentation given at the 23rd Annual North Carolina Serials Conference. This presentation serves as a follow-up to an RDA presentation at the 22nd conference covered in Blythe, Gunther, Spurgin (2013). This year, the presenters' aims were twofold: to keep serialists informed about the continuing development of RDA and to share the implementation insights from NCSU Libraries' experience training for and implementing RDA as a pilot institution in 2010....A central theme was the interaction between the introduction of RDA and the organization of serials cataloging workflows, especially the role of paraprofessional staff in copy and original cataloging and the automation services that are available to support the shift from AACR2 to RDA in existing records. (Read the full story.)

NISO Note: North Carolina State University Libraries is a NISO Library Standards Alliance member.

ISNI and VIAF – Transforming Ways of Trustfully Consolidating Identities
Preprint of paper to be presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge; by Anila Angjeli, Andrew Mac Ewan, and Vincent Boulet

"This article presents ISNI and VIAF as major initiatives leveraging the library Authority control. They are significantly changing the international landscape of bibliographic control addressing the challenge of reliably identifying people in the rapidly emerging global knowledge network. Both systems are built on the principles of UBC. Further, they are revitalising these principles by promoting a global economy in which the library authority data are playing a leading role in the Linked Data chain. The article presents ISNI and VIAF in complementary relation with one another and invites libraries worldwide to become full players in both initiatives." (Read the full story.)

NISO Note: For more on VIAF, see also the July/August 2014 article in D-Lib Magazine, Managing Ambiguity In VIAF. The ISNI standard (ISO 27729) was developed under the oversight of the ISO TC46/SC9 committee, for which NISO is the Secretariat. NISO members mentioned in this article are: British Library, OCLC, Library of Congress, and Tufts University Libraries.

Implementing CHORUS: Big Decisions Loom for Publishers
The Scholarly Kitchen, July 9, 2014; by Angela Cochran

The publisher-driven initiative, Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) was "one of a few [projects] that took on the charge of responding to the requirements detailed in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo....A few weeks back, CHORUS released their CHORUS Publisher Implementation Guide and held workshops and spoke at several recent industry conferences. The implementation is not without complications. Publishers need to make some pretty serious decisions on how to proceed." (Read the full story.)

NISO Note: American Physical Society and CrossRef are NISO Voting Members.

Incentivizing Peer Review: The Last Obstacle for Open Access Science
Wired Science Blogs, July 11, 2014; by Jeffrey Marlow

"Academia.edu is a key player in the movement toward open access scientific publishing, with over 11 million participants who have uploaded nearly 3 million scientific papers to the site. It's easy to understand [Richard] Price's [founder and CEO of Academia.edu] frustration with the current model, in which academics donate their time to review articles, pay for the right to publish articles, and pay for access to articles....The alternative vision—of "open science" —has two key properties: the uninhibited sharing of research findings, and a new peer review system that incorporates the best of the scientific community's feedback. Several groups have made progress on the former, but the latter has proven particularly difficult given the current incentive structure.... A more iterative peer review process could allow the community to better police faulty methods by crowdsourcing their evaluation." (Read the full story.)

Nature Communications Data Shows Open Access Articles Have More Views And Downloads
Nature press release, July 30, 2014; by Amy Bourke

"An independent statistical analysis of the articles published in Nature Communications, carried out by the Research Information Network (RIN) has found that open access (OA) articles are viewed three times more often than articles that are only available to subscribers. RIN also found that OA articles are cited more than subscription articles." (Read the full story.)

NISO Note: Thomson Reuters is a NISO Voting Member.

Ask The Chefs: "When Do We Stop Printing?"
The Scholarly Kitchen, July 31, 2014; posted by David Crotty

"Ink on paper has proven itself as a valuable, long lasting interface for the transfer of information. It's portable, high resolution and requires no power source, other than enough light to see it....It provides a ready methodology for annotation and note taking (scribbling in the margins), something still problematic for electronic media. Despite these advantages, the physical nature of ink on paper in a digital era reduces its value to us, particularly when we want to share and store documents, as well as search through and analyze the text itself. With all this in mind, I put the question to our "Chefs": When do we stop printing?" Responses from Joe Esposito, Ann Michael, David Crotty, Rick Anderson, Todd Carpenter, Alice Meadows, David Smith, Robert Harington, Angela Cochran, Kent Anderson, Judy Luther, and Michael Clarke. (Read the full story.)

Alternative Metrics in Scientometrics: A Meta-Analysis of Research into Three Altmetrics
arXiv preprint, July 30, 2014; by Lutz Bornmann

"Alternative metrics are currently one of the most popular research topics in scientometric research. This paper provides an overview of research into three of the most important altmetrics: microblogging (Twitter), online reference managers (Mendeley and CiteULike) and blogging. The literature is discussed in relation to the possible use of altmetrics in research evaluation. Since the research was particularly interested in the correlation between altmetrics counts and citation counts, this overview focuses particularly on this correlation. For each altmetric, a meta-analysis is calculated for its correlation with traditional citation counts." (Read the full story.)

NISO Note: Elsevier, PLOS, and Thomson Reuters are NISO Voting Members. The NISO Altmetrics project draft white paper, referred to in this article, is available from the NISO website.

Understanding Repository Growth at the University of North Texas: A Case Study
arXiv preprint, July 2, 2014; Mark E. Phillips and Lauren Ko

"Over the past decade the University of North Texas Libraries (UNTL) has developed a sizable digital library infrastructure for use in carrying out its core mission to the students, faculty, staff and associated communities of the university. This repository of content offers countless research possibilities for end users across the internet when it is discovered and used in research, scholarship, entertainment, and lifelong learning. The characteristics of the repository itself provide insight into the workings of a modern digital library infrastructure, how it was created, how often it is updated, or how often it is modified. In that vein, the authors created a dataset comprised of information extracted from the UNT Libraries' archival repository Coda and analyzed this dataset in order to demonstrate the value and insights that can be gained from sharing repository characteristics more broadly. This case study presents the findings from an analysis of this dataset." (Read the full story.)