14th BISG-NISO Forum on the Changing Standards Landscape

Virtual Conference

Interoperability: Enabling Better Discovery

Librarians are well-aware that high quality metadata is the key to a user successfully identifying a useful resource. Provider awareness of this has shifted with workflows being enhanced to deliver more complete, accurate, and reliable data. That said, twenty-first century systems do more and require more than simple matching of traditional bibliographic elements to correct fields. Users may be looking for more precise identification of non-traditional content while library consortia may need new indicators useful to collective collections. The 14th Annual BISG-NISO Forum will explore the needs of stakeholders and systems in the interests of interoperability and user satisfaction. 

This four-hour virtual event will bring together stakeholders concerned with the improvements needed to more efficiently and effectively create and transfer metadata between information systems. What data is useful? Which fields are the most frequently used? Should new data and new fields be introduced in order to better serve the needs of the community? What are the issues associated with reliability and credibility? Finally, this Changing Standards Landscape forum will close with a discussion of what such enhancements might enable in a more efficient, more automated, and ultimately more useful information ecosystem.  

This is the 14th NISO – BISG Changing Standards Landscape forum. The event is co-hosted by Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO and Brian O’Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group.

Confirmed speakers (among others) include Mitch Davis of BiblioLabs, Christina Drummond of Educopia, Jill Morris of PALCI, Maurice York of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Lesley Whyte of the Bibliographic Data Services (BDS), Sebastian Hammer of Index Data, and Graham Bell of EDItEUR.

Consists of Two Sessions with break in-between

10:30 - Noon (Morning Session)

1:00 - 2:30  (Afternoon Session)

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Event Sessions

10:30am - 10:45 Welcome


10:45am - 11:15am Emerging Use Cases


Discussion moderated by Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO.

11:15am - 11:45am Data and the Fields Assigned


Discussion Moderated by Brian O'Leary, Executive Director, BISG

11:45am - 12:00 Discussion and Summarization

12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:30 Issues of Trust and Consistency


BISG Executive Director interviews Christina Drummond, Data Trust Program Officer of the OA eBook Usage Data Trust.

Developing a Pilot Data Trust for Open Access Ebook Usage

1:30 - 2:00 Engineering Interoperability


NISO's Executive Director Todd Carpenter interviews Sebastian Hammer, Cofounder and President of Index Data.

2:00pm - 2:30pm Collective Collections and Interoperability: Enabling Discovery


Maurice York

Director of Library Initiatives
Big Ten Academic Alliance

NISO's Executive Director, Todd Carpenter, interviews Maurice York, Director of Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance. 

Resource shared by our panel: IDS Officially a Standard: DIN SPEC 27070 is Published

2:30pm - 2:45pm Wrap-Up and Close

Todd Carpenter and Brian O'Leary summarize the substance of the day's discussions. 

Additional Information

NISO assumes organizations register as a group. The model assumes that an unlimited number of staff will be watching the live broadcast in a single location, but also includes access to an archived recording of the event for those who may have timing conflicts. 

 NISO understands that, during the current pandemic, staff at a number of organizations may be practicing safe social distancing or working remotely. To accommodate those workers, we are allowing registrants to share the sign-on instructions with all colleagues so that they may join the broadcast directly. 

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