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ERM Data Standards & Best Practices Review


Just Published! Making Good on the Promise of ERM: A Standards and Best Practices Discussion Paper
 

This working group is charged to undertake a "gap analysis" regarding electronic resource management (ERM) related data, standards and best practices. The analysis will begin with a review of the ERMI data dictionary as it presently exists, and a mapping of ERMI data elements to those within relevant standards-related projects (e.g., CORE, SUSHI, ONIX-PL, etc.). Vendors, libraries using ERM systems, and other identified stakeholders will then be consulted via surveys and/or more in-depth interviews to solicit additional feedback concerning data requirements and ERM system implementation and management issues. Following the analysis, the working group will make recommendations regarding the future of the ERMI data dictionary within that broader context, describe typical challenges libraries face in using currently available ERM systems and services, and identify gaps in interoperability and best practices. The results are to be delivered in a report to the Business Information Topic Committee and made publicly available. [Charge revised 12/22/09]

The deliverable will highlight current work that provides solutions for specific areas of ERM use, identifies gaps where work has not been done, and recommends appropriate further work. The report is expected to be completed by April 2010. NISO encourages those who would like to be a part of this new working group or to join the affiliated interest group to contact the NISO office at www.niso.org/contact.

This project is an outgrowth of the Digital Library Federation’s Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI), first begun in 2002. A second phase of the Initiative was completed in late 2008. In follow-up discussions between Todd Carpenter, NISO’s Managing Director, and Peter Brantley, Executive Director of DLF, regarding the future of ERMI, NISO agreed to perform a needs assessment with respect to ERMI and broader ERM-related data needs and standards, and to assume any appropriate maintenance responsibilities. A subgroup of NISO’s Business Information Topic Committee, comprised of committee members Tim Jewell (Director, Information Resources and Scholarly Communication, University of Washington Libraries) and Ivy Anderson (Director of Collections, California Digital Library), was tasked with surveying this landscape to determine what, if any, further steps should be undertaken by NISO. This new project is an outcome of the ERMI landscape review and proposes next steps in this area

The proposal for this initiative was approved by the Business Information Topic Committee--which provides oversight to this Working Group--on June 30, 2009. 

Resources

At ERMS Length: Evaluating Electronic Resource Management Systems (February, 2011)
http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=7015
Final draft of 2011 article written by Maria Collins and Jill E. Grogg; version submitted to Library Journal before substantial edits were made by LJ editors. Published version abridged and edited by Library Journal: Maria Collins & Jill E. Grogg. “Building a Better ERMS.” Library Journal 136, no. 4 (March 1, 2011): 22-28. Available at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/ljinprintspecialty/889092-480/building_a_better_erms.html.csp.

NISO ERM Working Group Quarterly Report (July 14, 2010)
http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=4393
This report provides an update on the work of this group up through June 30, 2010.

NISO Open Teleconference: ERM Review Working Group Update (March 8, 2010)
http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=3585
During this call Tim Jewell (Director, Information Resources and Scholarly Communication, University of Washington Libraries), co-chair of NISO's ERM Review Working Group, shares about their effort, the current mapping project they have underway, plans for future surveying of the ERM landscape, and hopes to identify gaps where work should be undertaken in this arena.

ERM Gap Analysis Project Slides (February 1, 2010)
http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=3434
Presentation given by Tim Jewell, co-chair of the ERM Data Standards and Best Practices Review Working Group, at the ER&L conference held February 1, 2010.

ERM Data Standards Review: A NISO New Work Item Proposal (June 15, 2009)
http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/document.php?document_id=2162
This new work item proposal accompanied the NISO Business Information Topic Committee ballot opened June 15, 2009, and closed June 30, 2009.

NISO/DLF Workshop on Standards for Electronic Resource Management (Chicago, IL, May 10, 2002)
http://www.niso.org/news/events/niso/past/NISO-DLF-wkshp/

DLF Electronic Resource Management Initiative
http://www.diglib.org/standards/dlf-erm02.htm
Digital Library Federation (DLF), July 12, 2006.

Electronic Resource Management: Report of the DLF ERM Initiative
http://www.diglib.org/pubs/dlf102/
By Timothy D. Jewell, et al. Digital Library Federation (DLF), 2004.

DLF Electronic Resources Management Initiative, Phase II: Final Report
http://www.diglib.org/standards/ERMI2_Final_Report_20081230.pdf
By Tim Jewell. Digital Library Federation (DLF), December 30, 2008.

CORE (Cost of Resource Exchange) Protocol

http://www.niso.org/workrooms/core

Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol
http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi/

ONIX-PL Working Group
http://www.niso.org/apps/org/workgroup/onixpl/
Joint NISO/EDItEUR group.