January 2014

Business Information Topic Committee

Co-chair: Denise Davis (Sacramento Public Library), Karla Strieb (Ohio State University Library)


Demand-Driven Acquisitions Working Group

Co-chairs: Barbara Kawecki (YBP Library Services); Michael Levine-Clark (University of Denver)
DDA Workroom

As described in its work item proposal, this Working Group is developing recommendations on best practices for populating and managing the pool of monographic titles under consideration for potential purchase, including methods for automated updating and removal of discovery records; development of consistent models for the three basic aspects of e-book DDA—free discovery to prevent inadvertent transactions, temporary lease, and purchase—that work for publishers and libraries; methods for managing DDA of multiple formats; and ways in which print-on-demand (POD) solutions can be linked to DDA.

Subgroups of the Working Group—covering the areas of technical processes, access methods, and metric modeling—contributed questions to a master survey that was conducted in late summer. Follow-up surveys targeting public libraries and consortia were also conducted. The groups then worked on further analyses, which have informed a draft Recommended Practice expected to be available for comment in March 2014.

Co-chairs Barbara Kawecki and Michael Levine-Clark presented the survey and the general work of the DDA Working Group at the Charleston Conference on November 8, 2013. Barb and Michael will also be participating in the NISO Open Teleconference on March 10, 2014. To receive updates on the work of this group, subscribe to its announcement list.

PIE-J (Presentation & Identification of E-Journals) Standing Committee PIE-J: Presentation and Identification of E-Journals

Co-chairs: Ed Cilurso (Taylor & Francis), Sarah (Sally) Glasser (Hofstra University)
PIE-J Workroom

PIE-J Recommended Practice (NISO RP-16-2013)

The PIE-J Recommended Practice, PIE-J: Presentation & Identification of E-Journals (NISO RP-16-2013) was published in 2013. It provides guidance to publishers and platform providers on the presentation of e-journals—a critical component of the global scholarly infrastructure—particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of ISSN, and citation practices. The PIE-J RP is intended to alleviate the problems encountered by end users when working online to access article-based materials using citation elements. Additionally, two forms of a brochure describing PIE-J are available via the PIE-J Workroom page.

The PIE-J Standing Committee, consisting of some members who served on the original Working Group, and some new librarians and publishers, is now working to plan support and publicity for the Recommended Practice. Co-chair Ed Cilurso plans to speak about PIE-J as part of the NISO Update at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, and PIE-J proposals have been accepted for ER&L in Austin in March, and NASIG in Fort Worth in May.

SERU (Shared E-Resource Understanding) Standing Committee SERU logo

Co-chairs: Adam Chesler (Business Expert Press), Anne McKee (Greater Western Library Alliance)
SERU Workroom
SERU Recommended Practice (NISO RP-7-2012)

The SERU Recommended Practice, updated in 2012 to be more flexible for use with online products beyond e-journals, continues to be supported by its Standing Committee through efforts to publicize SERU and educate libraries and publishers via direct contacts and public presentations at industry conferences. Support includes the SERU public workroom pages, which were updated and revised at the time the SERU revision was published to better help publishers and libraries understand and use the SERU material. The SERU Registry continues to be updated with new supporters of SERU and is intended to enable publishers and librarians to more easily identify each other; in the last quarter 8 new publishers and 4 new libraries have been added.

SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) Standing Committee SUSHI logo

Co-chairs: Marie Kennedy (Loyola Marymount University), Oliver Pesch (EBSCO Information Services)
SUSHI Workroom
SUSHI standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2013)
COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile (NISO RP-14-2012)

This Standing Committee provides maintenance and support for ANSI/NISO Z39.93, The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol, and acts as the maintenance group for the COUNTER schema by providing recommendations to COUNTER and making changes to the COUNTER XML schemas (as approved by COUNTER).

The Standing Committee continues its work of pursuing relevant changes to the SUSHI schema in light of the release of COUNTER 4 and making applicable updates to the SUSHI workroom pages, including a page reorganization, now available, and the addition of an FAQ covering COUNTER 4. Next updates are expected to include a more streamlined SUSHI Server Registry. The group is now implementing a continuous maintenance procedure, which will enable it to more smoothly shuttle through further updates to the standard, including the addition of filter values to SUSHI, and is forming a working group to create a technical report supporting various lighter-weight SUSHI implementations.

The Standing Committee is pleased that Marie Kennedy, a Working Group member for a year and a half, recently accepted an invitation to co-chair the group along with Oliver Pesch.

Z39.7 Data Dictionary Standing Committee

Chair: Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Z39.7 Data Dictionary

The Information Services and Use: Metrics & statistics for libraries and information providers – Data Dictionary (ANSI/NISO Z39.7) is an online standard, available in HTML and PDF versions, that is continuously maintained; the fifth edition was released in summer 2013. The purpose of the Data Dictionary is to assist the information community by indicating and defining useful quantifiable information to measure the resources and performance of libraries and to provide a body of valid and comparable data on American libraries. It identifies standard definitions, methods, and practices relevant to library statistics activities in the United States. The Data Dictionary is provided online, and any user may submit suggested changes. The Standing Committee then reviews these suggestions during its monthly phone calls.

The Standing Committee continues to scan and review the statistical survey landscape, examining other assessment efforts in the community, including conferences and papers such as the upcoming 2014 Library Assessment Conference, the ACRL Webcast Series, and the Library Edge initiative. Discussions include the effects of these on the Data Dictionary, including use of particular vocabularies across the various efforts. The Standing Committee is also closely following ISO's TC46/SC8 group, which is working on a number of projects in this area.

For notifications about approved future revisions to the standard, subscribe to the Z39.7 notification mailing list.

Content & Collection Management Topic Committee

Co-chairs: Marti Heyman (Cengage); Betty Landesman (University of Baltimore)


Journal Article Versions (JAV) Addendum Working Group

Chair: Michael Dellert (SAGE Publications)
JAV Addendum Workroom

In 2008, the NISO Journal Article Version (JAV) working group developed a set of recommended terms to be applied to iterations of an article's lifecycle. The terms were assigned scope and definition that allow for actionable, unambiguous, and reliable tools for publishers, librarians, aggregators, indexers, and end users. As JAV was adopted, the scope of the term "proof" was found to be less precise and more difficult to apply than the other terms and a proposal was made to issue an Addendum to address this problem.

This Working Group, after working into summer 2013 discussing perspectives on drafting the addendum to JAV regarding the "proof" category of articles as described above, and considering a proposal for an overall metadata framework or dictionary for JAV, in which its terms could be incorporated—meaning that different users of JAV could utilize their own local terms as part of the overall framework without collision—went on hiatus in the fall due to chair staffing issues. The group expects to re-commence its work in Q1 2014.

Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) Working Group

Co-chairs: Leslie Johnston (Library of Congress), Kimberly Tryka (National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
PESC Workroom

The PESC Working Group began its meetings in Fall 2013 to create a NISO Recommended Practice to describe a packaging specification to be used for exchange and archiving of serial publications, as described in the work item approved by NISO Voting Members in June.

The group is currently in its information gathering phase where it is discussing various use cases and publisher practices, and sharing information and analyses among members. These discussions cover various workflows and metadata used by the stakeholders, moving into the creation of potential exchange scenarios, which could then be used for analysis to determine required elements and possible profile sets.

Leslie Johnston and Kim Tryka, PESC co-chairs, participated on the NISO Open Teleconference on December 9, for which a recording is available. Leslie Johnston also plans to provide a Working Group update as part of the NISO Update at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.

Standardized Markup for Journal Articles (JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite) Working Group

Co-chairs: Jeff Beck (National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine), B. Tommie Usdin (Mulberry Technologies, Inc.)
JATS Workroom

JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012 (HTML)
JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012) (PDF)

The JATS Standing Committee utilizes Continuous Maintenance procedures to determine appropriate actions to be taken on comments received on ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, the intellectual successor to the NLM Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite version 3.0. The responses and actions taken on points of input through Q3 2013 have been made available in JATS 1.1d1, a draft publication. The JATS Standing Committee is now meeting to discuss more recent input, with the intent of formalizing all the 2013-2014 input as part of an updated JATS standard to be approved and published in Summer 2014.

Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee

Co-chairs: Lucy Harrison (Florida Virtual Campus), Pascal Calarco (University of Waterloo)


NISO/UKSG Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (KBART) Phase 2 Working Group KBART logo

Co-chairs: Magaly Bascones (JISC), Chad Hutchens (University of Wyoming)
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KBART Workroom (NISO)
KBART Website (UKSG)

The NISO/UKSG KBART Phase II Working Group provides support for the Phase I Recommended Practice, NISO RP-9-2010, KBART: Knowledge Bases and Related Tools, and is developing a second Recommended Practice to build on the recommendations of the first, specifically addressing the areas of metadata for e-books and conference proceedings, packages licensed via consortia deals, and how open access metadata might be published and shared in knowledge bases.

The draft Phase II Recommended Practice covering the areas listed above was available for comment from September 4 to October 4, and several dozen comments of various types were received. The Working Group held several meetings to review them and determine appropriate responses, and is now working through corresponding changes to the draft document. It's expected that the Recommended Practice will be finalized in Q1 2014, including final approval from the Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee, which is the last step before NISO publication.

The KBART Registry continues to be maintained with details of contacts, URLs, and instructions relating to the transfer of e-resource metadata between content providers and link resolvers. When the Phase II Recommended Practice becomes available, registrants will be requested to update their endorsement details pursuant to the updated document.

To follow the group's activities, subscribe to the KBART interest mailing list.

NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol) Standing Committee

Chair: Mike Dicus (Ex Libris)
NCIP Workroom
NCIP Standing Committee
ANSI/NISO Z39.83-1-2012 (version 2.02), NISO Circulation Interchange - Part 1: Protocol (NCIP)
ANSI/NISO Z39.83-2-2012 (version 2.02), NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) Part 2: Implementation Profile 1

The NCIP Standing Committee operates via Continuous Maintenance procedures to manage the latest NCIP standard, version 2.02, which was published in 2012. On monthly calls the committee reviews status of implementations and other general business. Twice a year, meetings are held in person in order to review ongoing updates to the NCIP protocol per the Standing Committee's continuous maintenance procedure.

As reported in the October Working Group Connection, the former NCIP Maintenance Agency, EnvisionWare, stepped down from this post and the corresponding tasks have been assumed by the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee has used its fall meetings to update on individual maintenance tasks that are now being taken over by its members. The group is now beginning to plan its Spring in-person meeting, to be held in early April.

Open Discovery Initiative Working Group ODI logo

Co-chairs: Marshall Breeding (Independent Consultant), Jenny Walker (Independent Consultant)
ODI Workroom

Draft ODI Recommended Practice - for comment

The Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) aims at defining standards and/or best practices for the new generation of library discovery services that are based on indexed search. The Working Group—made up of discovery vendors, primary and secondary publishers, and librarians—met regularly starting in January 2012 and formed itself into four subgroups, working in the areas of technical formats, communication of libraries' rights/level of indexing, definition of fair linking, and usage statistics.

The ODI Recommended Practice, which includes background on the discovery landscape, specific recommendations in each of the four areas listed above and recommendations for next steps after the ODI Recommended Practice is published, was available for comment through November 18, 2013. The Working Group has since met to review the comments and provide responses to them, and to make appropriate changes to the document. This work is now wrapping up and the Working Group is finalizing the document it intends to present to the Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee for final approval before NISO publication, which is expected in Q1 2014.

Marshall Breeding, ODI co-chair, spoke about the group's work on the November NISO Open Teleconference on November 18, for which a recording is available. He also plans an update as part of the NISO Update program at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia. Those interested in following the work of this effort can join the ODI observer mailing list.

ResourceSync Working GroupResourceSync logo

Co-chairs: Todd Carpenter (NISO), Herbert Van de Sompel (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
ResourceSync Workroom

ResourceSync is a specification that describes a synchronization framework for the web consisting of various capabilities that allow third party systems to remain synchronized with a server's evolving resources. These capabilities may be combined to meet local requirements. A server may also describe synchronization capabilities that it supports and ways that third party systems may discover this support. The core ResourceSync group has been funded by the Sloan Foundation and is augmented by other industry and research participants, some of whom are sponsored by JISC.

The ResourceSync draft specification has been finalized and approved by the ResourceSync Working Group and is now undergoing approval by the NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee, before being presented to the NISO Voting Members for approval and comment, and finally to ANSI for publication. The core functionality of the specification, representing a functional replacement of OAI-PMH, is included in this material. (Other desirable features, such as push notification and archive capabilities are in development through separate documents, which are not currently part of the material undergoing NISO/ANSI standardization.)

Herbert Van de Sompel provided a half-day tutorial on ResourceSync on November 10 following the LITA Forum in Louisville, KY, for which a video recording is available: Part 1 and Part 2. Simeon Warner and Bernhard Haslhofer presented a ResourceSync introduction at the Semantic Web in Libraries (SWIB) conference in Hamburg in November, and also made a public webinar for NISO in December, for which a recording and slides are available.

Specification for Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group

Co-chairs: Ed Pentz (CrossRef), Cameron Neylon (PLOS), Greg Tananbaum (SPARC)
Open Access Metadata and Indicators Workroom
Open Access Metadata and Indicators Work Item Proposal

This Working Group's draft Recommended Practice is now available for comment through February 4. The document presents a structure for standardized bibliographic metadata to describe the accessibility of journal articles as well as describing how "open" the item is via tagging to link to the item's license terms. The Recommended Practice is meant to provide a solution to the problem where many offerings are available from publishers under the banner of Open Access (OA), Increased Access, Public Access, or other descriptions, and the terms offered vary between publishers and, in some cases, based on the funding organization of the author. A number of publishers also offer hybrid options in which some articles are "open" while the rest of the journal's content is available only by subscription or license, and no standardized bibliographic metadata currently provides information on whether a specific article is freely readable and what re-use rights might be available to readers.

Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs, provided an overview of the group's work at the CNI Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, in December. Ed Pentz, Working Group Co-chair, described the group's effort on the NISO Open Teleconference on January 13, 2014, for which a recording is available. Heather Reid, Working Group member, will be providing a general update as part of the NISO Update at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia. To follow the work of this group, subscribe to the OA Indicators mailing list.

Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP) Working Group

Co-chairs: John Bodfish (OCLC), Ted Koppel (Auto-Graphics)
SIP Workroom

The Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP), introduced by 3M in 1993, provides a standard communication mechanism to allow Integrated Library System (ILS) applications and self-service devices to communicate seamlessly to perform self-service transactions and has become the de facto standard around the world to integrate ILSs and self-service devices. This Working Group is directing the existing SIP version 3.0 specification through the NISO standardization process.

Four important high-level areas have guided the SIP Working Group's work: the SIP3 documents themselves, including revisions/corrections/additions, resolving ambiguities, etc.; the Maintenance Agency; SIP3's relation to privacy standards and security; and the relation to NCIP. The group has been meeting approximately bi-weekly for the past year to work through these areas; much of the discussion has been around extensive research and analysis to help progress decision-making. At this time the Working Group is determining the changes and edits that need to be made to the proposed standard pursuant to the group decisions from the past year.

Following the completion of the documents, the Working Group plans to address questions of compliance, certification, and assured interoperability. Updated materials in conjunction with the group's work will be added to its Workroom page as they are finalized.