NISO 2012 Educational Programs Run the Gamut from Metadata to Embracing the Clouds

March 21, 2012 - Baltimore, MD - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) continues its robust offering of educational programs in 2012 with 14 webinars, three forums, 10 teleconferences, and a series of four joint webinars with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). Webinar program topics cover a wide variety of standards and technology areas of interest to the library, publishing, and scholarly information communities including: metadata, e-books, linked data, usage statistics, discovery innovations, metrics for scholarship, e-resource platforms, and library cloud implementations. For the third year, NISO and the DCMI will hold a series of joint webinars, with 2012's focus on various aspects of linked data including library cataloging metadata, webpage microdata, scientific research data, and RDFa. NISO's in-person forums will address managing and citing research data and the e-book renaissance, in addition to the 6th annual joint forum with the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) on The Changing Standards Landscape, held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Rounding out the 2012 program are free open teleconferences providing updates on NISO standards development and offering the community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
Package deals are available for multiple event registrants. Subscribers to the entire NISO webinar series get 14 for the price of seven and registrants for four webinars can attend three more for free. For the joint NISO/DCMI webinars, a subscription to all four is available for a 25% discount-equal to one free webinar. NISO members and students get discounted rates to all the educational events. DCMI members can attend the joint webinars at NISO member rates. Webinar registration is by site for one computer so organizations can have multiple attendees view the webinar using a single registration fee. Webinar registrants also get access to the recorded version for a year, allowing even more people to benefit from a single registration.

"Attendance at NISO's educational programs is increasing every year. In 2011, more than 1,500 organizations participated in NISO Educational programs," states Nettie Lagace, NISO's Associate Program Director and Chair of the Education Committee. "With an average of about four people viewing the live webinars at each site, that's a total of over 6,000 people benefiting from NISO's education events!"

"Education is a primary part of NISO's mission," explains Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director. "The most important part of standards and best practices development is getting them adopted in the community and NISO's education programs have a key role in promoting their uptake. We also think it is important to use our programs to understand the issues in our community that may be improved with a standards solution."

The complete listing of 2012 programs with descriptions and registration information is available on the NISO website at: Registration to past webinar events is available and will be filled with access to the recorded version.

About the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information about NISO is available on its website: