NISO Issues COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile for Public Comment

Provides a Baseline Implementation Structure for SUSHI Harvesting of Release 4 COUNTER Reports

Baltimore, MD, December 7, 2011 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the availability of NISO SUSHI Protocol: COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile (NISO RP-14-201X) for a public comment period ending on January 20, 2012. This Recommended Practice provides a practical implementation structure to be used in the creation of reports and services related to harvesting of COUNTER Release 4 reports using the NISO SUSHI Protocol. The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting (SUSHI) Protocol was issued as a standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93) in 2007 to simplify and automate the harvesting of COUNTER usage reports by libraries from the growing number of information providers they work with. COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative that published their first Code of Practice in 2003 and issued Draft Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources in October 2011. The comment period for the COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile and COUNTER Release 4 end on the same date. XML schemas supporting the draft Implementation Profile and draft Release 4 of the Counter Code of Practice have also been published by NISO for review during the comment period.
"The creators of the SUSHI standard and the COUNTER XML schema were forward looking and created products that could handle future needs," explains Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist for E-Resource Access and Management Services at EBSCO Information Services and co-chair of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee that developed the Implementation Profile. "Accommodation of such future growth requires a level of abstraction and flexibility to be built in, but that can result in decisions by implementers that could cause interoperability issues or require client implementers to customize the service for every different provider. The COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile was developed to provide guidance with Release 4 of COUNTER by setting out detailed expectations for both the server and the client of how the SUSHI protocol and COUNTER XML reports are to be implemented to ensure interoperability."

"SUSHI implementation became a COUNTER compliance requirement with Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice," states Bob McQuillan, Senior Product Manager at Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and co-chair of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee. "The new draft Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice is a single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases and books, as well as multimedia content. This COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile supports the changes in Release 4 and was developed with the intention that it could be used by COUNTER auditors to verify compliance of a content provider's SUSHI server."

"Adoption of the SUSHI protocol continues to grow," states Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director. "Supporting recommendations such as this Implementation Profile and the recently published Test Mode for SUSHI Servers will simplify and expedite the implementation of SUSHI while further ensuring interoperability."

The NISO SUSHI Protocol: COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile, the referenced schemas and additional implementation guidance for SUSHI can be found on the SUSHI webpages at: The draft Release 4 of the COUNTER Code of Practice is available on the COUNTER website at:

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