New Work Items

Revisions of ANSI/NISO Z39.18, Z39.19, Z39.29, regarding Scientific and Technical Reports; Controlled Vocabularies; and Bibliographic References

ANSI/NISO Z39.18-2005 (R2010) Scientific and Technical Reports - Preparation, Presentation, and Preservation

ANSI/NISO Z39.19-2005 (R2010) Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies

ANSI/NISO Z39.29-2005 (R2010) Bibliographic References

NISO Voting Members earlier this year voted to approve revision projects for three standards last revised in 2005 (and reaffirmed in 2010).  NISO is thus soliciting working members and co-chairs to participate in one or more of these three projects.  Of course, all of the standards cover different areas and the revisions will have different scopes, but in general terms the requirement for revision for all of them is necessitated by advancements in the use of digital documents and other materials. 

If you are interested in potential participation in any of these groups, please contact Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director of Programs (nlagace@niso.org). 

Revision of ANSI/NISO Z39.48 - Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives

ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (R2009)

Work is now under way to organize a working group to revise ANSI/NISO Z39.48 - Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives, an existing standard last revised in 1992, last reaffirmed in 2009. This action comes from the periodic review process outlined in the NISO Procedures document(Section 7.5). This standard establishes criteria for coated and uncoated paper that will last several hundred years without significant deterioration under normal use and storage conditions in libraries and archives. It identifies the specific properties of such paper and specifies the tests required to demonstrate these properties. If you are interested in potential participation in this group, please contact Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director of Programs (nlagace@niso.org). We are specifically seeking individuals with experience in paper preservation needs; paper composition, fiber, and stability; and/or paper analysis and test methods.

Enhancing KBART for Automated Exchange of Title Lists and Library Holdings

Work Item Proposal Approved by NISO Voting Members

NISO Voting Members recently approved this proposal, which would extend the KBART Phase 2 Recommended Practice to support individual library holdings of electronic products and automate the request and retrieval of KBART reports for title lists and library holdings. It is expected that this working group will work closely with the KBART Standing Committee.  Work is expected to include the creation of a schema that would allow KBART data to be represented in JSON or XML, and consideration of leveraging the SUSHI-Lite specification as the mechanism for transport of KBART in JSON format.

If you are interested in potential participation in this group, please contact Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director of Programs (nlagace@niso.org). We are specifically seeking individuals with experience in developing REST services and who are knowledgeable in JSON and XML, and individuals who understand how title lists and holdings data are managed in knowledgebases and electronic resource management (ERM) products. 

E-Book Bibliographic Metadata Requirements in the Sale, Publication, Discovery, and Preservation Supply Chain

Work Item Proposal Approved by NISO Voting Members

NISO Voting Members recently approved this proposal, which will collect the minimal metadata requirements necessary to describe e-books in order to support sales, discovery, delivery, deaccessioning, and preservation, and identify the most effective and efficient way for metadata to be moved through the entire supply chain. This project will help the creators and managers of bibliographic records to cooperate to minimize duplication of work and ensure overall quality of metadata.

If you are interested in potential participation in this group, please contact Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director of Programs (nlagace@niso.org). We are specifically seeking individuals with experience in e-books and metadata management, particularly as implemented in ONIX, MARC, and JATS.

Flexible API Framework for E-Content in Libraries

Work Item Proposal Approved by NISO Voting Members

NISO Voting Members recently approved this proposal, which will modernize library-vendor technical interoperability using RESTful Web service APIs and standard mobile application intent calls, using the Queens Library API Requirements as an initial draft. This working group will create a foundation API set that the library industry can build on to fulfill an array of user and library needs, including quicker response times, flexible item discovery and delivery options, improved resource availability, and more seamless integration of electronic and physical resources.

If you are interested in potential participation in this group, please contact Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director of Programs (nlagace@niso.org). We are specifically seeking individuals with experience in library vendor software and/or use of APIs and REST and mobile technologies.