What We Do

What is NISO?

NISO is where content publishers, libraries, and software developers turn for information industry standards that allow them to work together. Through NISO, all of these communities are able to collaborate on mutually accepted standards—solutions that enhance their operations today and form a foundation for the future.

NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, is a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). We identify, develop, maintain, and publish technical standards and recommended practices to manage information in today's continually changing digital environment. NISO standards apply to both traditional and new technologies and to information across its whole lifecycle, from creation through documentation, use, repurposing, storage, metadata, and preservation.

Founded in 1939, incorporated as a not-for-profit education association in 1983, and assuming its current name the following year, NISO draws its support from the communities we serve. The leaders of around 100 organizations in the fields of publishing, libraries, IT, and media serve as our Voting Members. Over 500 experts and practitioners from across the information community serve on NISO working groups, committees, and as officers of the association.

Throughout the year we offer a cutting-edge educational program focused on current standards issues and workshops on emerging topics, which often lead to the formation of committees to develop new standards.

NISO recognizes that standards must reflect global needs and that our community is increasingly interconnected and international. Designated by ANSI to represent U.S. interests as the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization's (ISOTechnical Committee 46 on Information and Documentation, NISO also serves as the Secretariat for Subcommittee 9 on Identification and Description, with our Executive Director, Todd Carpenter, serving as the SC 9 Secretary. We are well positioned to bring together all interested parties, wherever they are based. 

NISO's Vision

Our vision is a world where all benefit from the unfettered exchange of information.

NISO Mission Statement

NISO's mission is to build knowledge, foster discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional communities.

NISO's Core Values

Engagement: NISO enables libraries, publishers, and vendors to collaborate and solve problems of mutual interest by providing a neutral forum in which they can engage and build consensus

Interoperability: NISO supports choice and efficiency across our community by promoting interoperability of information products and services through standards and best practices

Education: NISO keeps our community up to date by publishing news, running educational programs, and providing thought leadership