The NISO Plus Conference

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Save these dates -- February 23-25, 2020


In February of 2020, NISO will introduce a new-and-yet-not-a-new thing to your calendar: the NISO Plus Conference ! Continuing in the tradition of the NFAIS conference which ran for 61 years, we will inaugurate a 62nd year, celebrating the merger of NISO and NFAIS with a new and different conference experience for the information community. Our goal is to bring all of the constituencies in the information economy together to generate discussion, seek common ground, identify areas of opportunity and provide a space and resources to work towards solving common problems. 

NISO Plus will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, from February 23-25 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Baltimore is the home of NISO, and we hope to make the city an integral part of the conference, in all its artsy and quirky character. While we are building on the over-half-a-century experience of NFAIS conferences, this will be the first NISO conference, and we are planning a multi-year strategy of bigger and better for NISO Plus. 

The detailed conference schedule may be found here. We will be continuing some of the best traditions of the NFAIS conferences of the past, including the Miles Conrad Lecture, while making those traditions far more affordable by reducing the cost of attendance from previous years. With two and a half days of networking and education on tap, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about emerging and exciting areas of change and development like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the rise of decentralization and blockchain, new content types like Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, and more. There will also be sessions to help attendees wrap their heads around current issues and problems, and to work towards solutions for those in areas like Electronic Resource Management systems, Open Access issues, Digital Humanities, Data management, and the difficulties associated with measurement and statistics. We will also be featuring attendees themselves by offering Lightning Talk and other attendee-driven sessions that allow participants to highlight their own work.

NISO Plus will combine the strengths of both NFAIS and NISO, bringing together the future-forward thinkers of the information community and the practical accomplishments of the standards community into something more than the sum of its parts. 

Additional Information

Annual Conference and In-person Seminars: 

Cancellations received in writing 2 weeks or more before an event will be issued a refund less a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be processed for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the start of the event. Your organization may send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend. Please contact with details on any substitutions.

NISO reserves the right to cancel any program or session during an event. In the unlikely event of a conference or meeting cancellation, NISO will refund registration fees, but is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses of any kind, including and without limitation, transportation and/or hotel costs incurred by registrant. Programs and speakers are subject to change without notice.