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June 14, 2019

(NISO) Voting Members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved a new standardization project, Criteria for Indexes. This work, intended to become an ANSI standard to replace the Z39.4 standard that was withdrawn in 1997, will provide a modern approach to guidelines for the content, organization, and presentation of indexes used for the retrieval of documents and parts of documents. NISO published TR 02-1997, a technical report entitled Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices, in 1997 as a replacement for the Z39.4 standard, Basic Criteria for Indexes, when consensus could not be reached on the standard's publication. This technical report is now quite out of date and not suited for use in many electronic environments.

May 30, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Voting Members have approved a new project, Assess Video and Audio Metadata and Standards for Academic Research and Professional Information, to determine best practices and recommendations for metadata associated with scholarly output and instructional materials in video and audio formats. NISO is now forming a working group; community members with an understanding of the various use cases of such media are invited to participate in this initiative intended to formulate recommendations for consistent and precise identification and description of these increasingly common presentations of research findings.

April 8, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published an updated version of the Transfer Code of Practice, NISO RP-24-2019, Transfer. This NISO Recommended Practice provides voluntary guidelines for publishers to follow when transferring journal titles between parties to ensure that the journal content remains easily accessible by librarians and readers. The goals of the Transfer initiative are to promote a set of standards that apply under transferring conditions, and to encourage the industry to embrace these as a baseline level of quality and performance. The recommended practice document consists of several agreed overarching principles; specific roles and responsibilities for transferring and receiving publishers in various areas of work; and an extensive glossary of terms.

February 13, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization and National Federation of Advanced Information Services have announced a proposed combination, designed to better serve their members, during a time of rapid change. The respective boards of NISO and NFAIS have unanimously approved moving ahead with the merger proposal, which is conditional on NFAIS member approval. The merged entity sees significant opportunities for enriched and invigorated programming, delivered in a more efficient and innovative way, to the combined group's 250-plus members.

January 15, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standard Organization (NISO) Voting Members have approved a project to develop a recommended practice pertaining to reproducibility in the computational and computing sciences. This work will examine existing taxonomies and badging schemes to define various levels of reproducibility and communicate these in the publishing process. Stakeholders, including publishers and not-for-profit societies in the engineering and computing sciences fields, industry associations, and academic libraries are invited to participate in the working group that is now starting up.

November 2, 2018

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new draft Recommended Practice, KBART Automation: Automated Retrieval of Customer Electronic Holdings. KBART Automation is an enhancement to KBART, Knowledge Bases and Related Tools, the NISO initiative which provides a format for content providers to use to transfer journal and book metadata to link resolver knowledge bases and other library software. This new draft recommended practice provides instructions to support automated feeds customized to include the holdings available at a particular institution, making it much easier for libraries to know their knowledge bases are up to date with their current subscriptions.

April 11, 2018

(NISO) The Architecture Committee of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published its 2018 update of the NISO Strategic Directions document which will be used by its leadership groups, the NISO Topic Committees, to direct the future development portfolios of standards and recommended practices. The three NISO Topic Committees -- Information Creation & Curation, Information Discovery & Interchange, and Information Policy & Analysis-- produced a list of general trends and themes in their respective areas of work, noting these information issues affecting libraries, publishers, system vendors and other members of the information distribution community. The document describes the inter-relations between these community stakeholders and, in some cases, potential overlaps in committee work. The NISO Topic Committees are using the updated 2018Strategic Directions document to prioritize potential future activities where NISO should be engaged in developing new standards and recommended practices.

January 4, 2018

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute to take over management of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 - Document description and processing languages. This international technical committee is concerned with standardization in the field of document structures, languages, and related facilities for the description and processing of compound and hypermedia documents. The portfolio includes standards for document structures, structures for interactive documents in web environments, document processing architectures, multilingual font information interchange, and APIs for document processing. The accreditation also means that the United States will once again be a voting member of ISO/IEC/JTC 1/SC 34 after a lapse of some months.

September 25, 2017

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new Technical Report, NISO TR-06-2017, Issues in Vocabulary Management. This document is one outcome of the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project, which was conducted in 2013-14 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The technical report builds upon the work outlined in the 2014 project summary report Roadmap for the Future of Bibliographic Exchange by discussing policies supporting vocabulary use and reuse, documentation for vocabularies, and requirements for the preservation of RDF vocabularies. The audiences for this technical report start with the communities NISO has brought together: libraries, publishers, and service providers. But beyond these communities, NISO aims for the document to help the many individuals and groups building and sharing bibliographic and other descriptive data, as well as knowledge managers within a variety of organizations using vocabularies to solve problems.

June 27, 2017

(NISO) Members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have selected their board's leadership for the 2017-2018 term, which will begin on July 1, 2017. Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected as the new Vice Chair. Greg Suprock (Apex CoVantage), Miranda Walker (Wolters Kluwer Health), and Robert Wheeler (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) have also been elected as Board Directors.

June 19, 2017

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization seeks comments on a new draft Technical Report, Issues in Vocabulary Management. This document is one outcome from the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project, which was conducted beginning in 2013 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Bibliographic Roadmap work examined requirements for usability and adoption of advanced bibliographic exchange in a global network environment and its final report, published in April 2014, prioritized several areas of potential future work, including those included in this technical report: policies supporting vocabulary use and reuse; documentation for vocabularies; and requirements for preservation of RDF vocabularies.

April 24, 2017

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization announced the release of a draft version of NISO Z39.102-201x, STS: Standards Tag Suite, for public comment. STS provides a common XML format that standards developers, publishers, and distributors can use to publish and exchange full-text content and metadata of standards. It is expected that this "standard for standards" will be published in the fall as an XML document marked up in the STS standard after comments on the draft version are addressed and it is approved by NISO Voting Members and by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute.

February 16, 2017

(NISO) NISO announced the formal publication of an updated version of the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2017). Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), this 1.1 revision improves a web standard that details various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with evolving resources. Such synchronization is important in the current landscape where Web-based content--not only the metadata about the content--is constantly changing.

January 21, 2017

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces a strong series of educational programs for 2017, encompassing fourteen 90-minute webinars and six virtual conferences. All of these rich offerings are tailored to allow live viewing as well as archive use and viewing by individuals as well as groups, making them suitable for a wide variety of organizations. The 2017 programs focus on information-workforce training needs and on current and emerging issues of concern to the academic, library, and tech communities.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces a strong series of educational programs for 2017, encompassing fourteen 90-minute webinars and six virtual conferences. All of these rich offerings are tailored to allow live viewing as well as archive use and viewing by individuals as well as groups, making them suitable for a wide variety of organizations. The 2017 programs focus on information-workforce training needs and on current and emerging issues of concern to the academic, library, and tech communities.

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