NISO Recommended Practices are "best practices" or "guidelines" for methods, materials, or practices in order to give guidance to the user. These documents usually represent a leading edge, exceptional model, or a proven industry practice. Use of any or all elements of a Recommended Practice is discretionary; it may be used as stated or modified by the user to meet specific needs.
NISO RP-21-2013, Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics (IOTA): Recommendations for Link Resolver Providers
Approved April 26, 2013
Abstract: These recommendations are the result of a three-year study performed by the NISO IOTA Working Group in which millions of OpenURLs were analyzed and a Completeness Index was developed as a means of quantifying OpenURL quality. By applying this Completeness Index to their OpenURL data and following the recommendations, providers of link resolvers can monitor the quality of their OpenURLs and work with content providers to improve the provided metadataultimately resulting in a higher success rate for end users.
NISO RP-17-2013, Institutional Identification: Identifying Organizations in the Information Supply Chain
Approved March 26, 2013
Abstract: This Recommended Practice describes the work done by the NISO Institutional Identifier (I²) Working Group to define the requirements for a standard identifier for institutional identification in the supply chain. It also provides background on the collaboration agreement between the NISO I² Working Group and the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) International Agency to use the ISNI standard (ISO 27729) and the ISNI-IA’s infrastructure for institutional identification, rather than publishing a separate standard for institutions. It concludes with the recommended practices and the metadata for applying the ISNI to institutions.
Approved March 25, 2013
Abstract: This Recommended Practice provides guidance on the presentation of e-journals—particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of ISSN, and citation practices—to publishers and platform providers. It is also intended to solve some long-standing concerns of serials, collections, and electronic resources librarians. In addition to the recommendations, the document includes extensive examples of good practices using screenshots from various publishers’ online journals platforms; a discussion of helpful resources for obtaining title history and ISSN information; an overview of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and key points for using it correctly; an explanation of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®), the registration agency CrossRef, and tips on using DOIs for journal title management; and a review of related standards and recommended practices.
Approved January 16, 2013
Abstract: These recommended practices are intended to help the scholarly publishing community develop a more standardized approach to publishing what has become known as Supplemental Materials for Journal Articles in a rapidly changing technology environment. The intent is to lessen the burden on all of the parties engaged in the publishing process, to ensure that Supplemental Materials delivered in connection with journal articles add substance to the scholarship, to make Supplemental Materials more discoverable, and to aid in preserving them.
Referenced documentation available at: supplemental.niso.org
Approved August 10, 2012.
Abstract: Defines a practical implementation structure to be used in the creation of reports and services related to harvesting COUNTER reports using the NISO SUSHI Protocol.
Referenced schemas available from the SUSHI Schema webpage.
Approved January 19, 2012
The purpose of this document is to recommend practices about the physical movement of items during the delivery of the items to the requesting library and their return to the lending library. The recommendations in this document focus on the movement of the physical items (e.g., books and audiovisual materials) between libraries, and between library and patron. This Recommended Practice focuses on three key areas: the physical move, automation, and the management of physical delivery.
Approved October 25, 2011
ESPReSSO explores practical solutions for improving the success of single sign-on (SSO) authentication technologies for providing a seamless experience for the user and makes recommendations for promoting the adoption of one or more of these solutions to make the access improvements a reality.
Approved August 2010
Abstract: CORE defines an XML schema to facilitate the exchange of financial information related to the acquisition of library resources between systems. The two systems may be within the same organization, e.g., an ILS and an ERMS, or from two different organizations, e.g., a subscription agent and a library.
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-84-0
Approved February 8, 2010
Abstract: A link resolver is a tool that helps library users connect to their institutions’ electronic resources. The data that drives such a tool is stored in a knowledge base. The quality of a knowledge base depends heavily on data that content providers (publishers, aggregators, etc.) send to the knowledge base developer. Errors in this data often propagate to the knowledge base. Furthermore, because there is no standard format for such data, knowledge base developers must expend much effort converting title lists from different providers to a single format, which may introduce additional errors or make error-checking difficult. The NISO/UKSG KBART Recommended Practice recommends some best practices for formatting and distributing title lists. By making some small adjustments to the format of their title lists, content providers can greatly increase the accessibility of their products. These recommendations are designed to be intuitive, easy for content providers to implement, and easy for knowledge base developers to process.
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-83-3
View HTML (UKSG Website)
NISO RP-8-2008, Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group
Abstract: These recommendations provide a simple, practical way of describing the versions of scholarly journal articles that typically appear online before, during, and after formal journal publication. The Recommended Terms and Definitions for Journal Article Versions define journal articles at seven stages: Author's Original (AO), Submitted Manuscript Under Review (SMUR), Accepted Manuscript (AM), Proof (P), Version of Record (VoR), Corrected Version of Record (CVoR), and Enhanced Version of Record (EVoR). The appendices include a set of use cases showing application of the recommended terms and a graphical representation of journal article versions and relationships with formal and gray literature. The publication is the result of a partnership between NISO and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-79-6
Approved May, 2012
The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU) Recommended Practice offers a mechanism that can be used as an alternative to a license agreement. The SERU statement expresses commonly shared understandings of the content provider, the subscribing institution and authorized users; the nature of the content; use of materials and inappropriate uses; privacy and confidentiality; online performance and service provision; and archiving and perpetual access. Widespread adoption of the SERU model for many electronic resource transactions offers substantial benefits both to publishers and libraries by removing the overhead of bilateral license negotiation.
Approved March 23, 2012.
Abstract: Provides recommendations for implementing RFID in U.S. libraries in a manner that will promote interoperability. It includes a recommended Data Model and discussions of security, tag migration, the book supply chain, privacy, and vandalism. It serves as a U.S. profile to the three-part international standard ISO 28560, RFID in Libraries.
This document supersedes the 2008 Recommended Practice of the same name.
ISBN (13): 978-1-937522-02-5
NISO RP-2006-02, NISO Metasearch XML Gateway Implementers Guide
Abstract: This document describes the NISO Metasearch XML Gateway (MXG) protocol, which is based on the NISO-registered SRU protocol. This gateway provides a mechanism for information service providers to expose their content and services to a Metasearch engine. While the task group recognized that the longer term goal is some type of standardized query protocol based on SRU/SRW, an XML gateway provides an immediate, low entry barrier method for content providers to interact with metasearch services.
Published: August 7, 2006
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-85-7
NISO RP-2006-01, Best Practices for Designing Web Services in the Library Context
Abstract: Outlines the actual and potential uses of web services in a library context and recommends a set of best practices in support of interoperable digital library services. Included in this document is a discussion of the document service interface, looking at four model types. Best practices are explained in the areas of HTTP caching, filtering of user input, reuse of output formats, security, and throttling. Typical output formats used in web services-DTD, XML schema, RDF, Relax NG, and DSD-are described. An appendix provides an overview, for those new to web services, of the typical types of services used in a library context: discover, locate, request, deliver, and common services. The appendix also includes a brief introduction to interoperability issues.
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-86-4
NISO RP-2005-03, Search and Retrieval Citation Level Data Elements
Abstract: A minimum set of required citation level data elements has been identified to overcome the current lack of standardization in the way a citation is formatted in a record returned by a metasearch engine. Use of these data elements will allow citation information to be parsed for re-use in applications such as OpenURL linking and metadata formats such as Dublin Core.
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-87-1
NISO RP-2005-02, Search and Retrieval Results Set Metadata
Abstract: Defines a core set of metadata elements that provide information about a result set at both the aggregate level and the individual record to provide better quality of information returned and ensure more standardized presentation of results to the end user. These data elements are intended to be used by content providers to provide better quality of information returned through a variety of methods. They may also used to ensure that the needs of metasearch products are met by a given protocol.
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-88-8
NISO RP-2005-01, Ranking of Authentication and Access Methods Available to the Metasearch Environment
Abstract: This report provides an evaluation and ranking of existing authentication methods, as they could be used in a metasearch environment, and recommends metasearch-related authentication best practices in today's environment.
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-89-5
A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections
Abstract: Provides an overview of some of the major components and activities involved in the creation of good digital collections and provides a framework for identifying, organizing, and applying existing knowledge and resources to support the development of sound local practices for creating and managing good digital collections. It is intended for two audiences: cultural heritage organizations planning projects to create digital collections, and funding organizations that want to encourage the development of good digital collections.
3rd edition 2007
ISBN (13): 978-1-880124-74-1