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July 15, 2021

NISO STM’s Peer Review Taxonomy to be formalized as an ANSI/NISO standard. The National Information Standards Organization and STM, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers announced the formation of a new NISO Working Group to formalize the Peer Review Taxonomy as an ANSI/NISO standard, following approval of the project by NISO Voting Members late last month. NISO invites volunteers to join the soon-to-be-formed Working Group, which will be merged with the existing STM Working Group. [Full Announcement].

July 14, 2021

NISO NISO Announces Publication of Updated Standard on Criteria for Indexes (ANSI/NISO Z39.4). The National Information Standards Organization announced the publication of its updated ANSI/NISO Z39.4, Criteria for Indexes, incorporating feedback from the public comment period earlier this year. It replaces the original ANSI/NISO Z39.4 standard (Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices), last updated in 1984, and is an updated and expanded version of NISO's Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices. [Full Announcement].

July 8, 2021

NISO NISO Announces Publication of Updated Journal Article Tag Suite—Version 1.3. The National Information Standards Organization published the latest update to the JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2021), Version 1.3. JATS provides a common XML format in which publishers and archives can exchange journal content—both articles (text and graphics) and non-article material such as letters, editorials, and book and product reviews. The Tag Suite is the complete set of elements and attributes described in the standard. Along with these descriptions, the standard includes three implementations of the suite, called Tag Sets, which are intended to provide models for archiving, publishing, and authoring journal article content. [Full Announcement].

June 17, 2021

NISO Announcing The NISO Board Of Directors For 2021-22. The National Information Standards Organization announced the results of its recent Board elections for the term beginning July 1, 2021. Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC, Inc, will transition to the role of Chair of the NISO Board, having served as Vice Chair for the past year. She is replaced as Vice Chair by Maria Stanton, Director of Production, Atla, who will assume the role of Chair for 2022-23 next July. Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc, rotates to the position of Past Chair, having served as NISO Chair for 2020-21. In addition, Wayne Strickland, Acting Associate Director for the Office of Program Management, NTIS will be appointed Treasurer as of July 1. [Full Announcement].

April 6, 2021

NISO NISO members approve proposal for a new Recommended Practice to Update Author Name Changes. The National Information Standards Organization announced that their Voting Members have approved the formation of a new Working Group to develop a Recommended Practice to Update Author Name Changes in the Academic Publication Record after Publication as a Result of Identity Change. NISO invites statements of interest to participate in this Working Group. [Full Announcement].

March 30, 2021

NISO NISO announces invigorated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced two important actions to support increased diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in its work and its community. First, following Board approval of the NISO DEI Policy in January, a full DEI Committee has now been formed, led by NISO Board member Maria Stanton, who is Director of Production at Atla. Second, later this year, NISO will be hosting a workshop on DEI and standards, organized by the Committee, to help identify and prioritize key areas of opportunity and development. [Full Announcement].

March 10, 2021

NISO NISO Recommended Practice for Content Platform Migrations now open for public comment. The National Information Standards Organization made its new draft Recommended Practice for Content Platform Migrations available for public comment. The result of nearly two years of collaboration between the librarians, publishers, and content platform providers on the Content Platform Migrations Working Group, this Recommended Practice provides a standard process and recommendations to improve communication between all parties involved before, during, and after migration. [Full Announcement].

February 25, 2021

NISO Announcing NISO’s 2021 Awardees. The winners of the National Information Standards Organization's 2021 awards and scholarships were announced. The recipient of this year's prestigious Miles Conrad Award for lifetime achievement is Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. This year's NISO Fellow is George Kerscher, CIO of the DAISY Consortium and Senior Advisor, Global Literacy, Benetech, for his invaluable work on information standards for accessibility and content distribution. The Ann Marie Cunningham Award honors NISO volunteers who routinely go above and beyond the normal call of duty to serve the organization. This year's recipients are Athena Hoeppner of the University of Central Florida, and Julie Zhu of the IEEE. [Full Announcement].

January 28, 2021

NISO NISO’s Recommended Practice on Reproducibility Badging and Definitions now published. The National Information Standards Organization announced the publication of its Recommended Practice, RP-31-2021, Reproducibility Badging and Definitions. Developed by the NISO Taxonomy, Definitions, and Recognition Badging Scheme Working Group, this new Recommended Practice provides a set of recognition standards that can be deployed across scholarly publishing outputs to easily recognize and reward the sharing of data and methods. [Full Announcement].

January 11, 2021

NISO Four Additional Publishers Adopt NISO’s KBART Guidelines. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce that four more publishers have recently started supplying metadata that conforms to the NISO recommended practice, KBART: Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (NISO RP-9-2014). A total of 62 publishers have now achieved KBAR compliance since the recommended practice was originally published in 2010. [Full Announcement].

December 14, 2020

NISO NISO’s updated draft standard on Criteria for Indexes now open for public comment. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced today that the Z39.4 Criteria for Indexes Working Group has released its draft standard for public comment. It replaces the original ANSI/NISO Z39.4 standard (Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices) and is an updated and expanded version of NISO's Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices (a technical report, TR02-1997). [Full Announcement].

December 9, 2020

NISO CRKN and NISO Announce Canadian Consortium Agreement. The Canadian Research Knowledge Network and the National Information Standards Organization announced a consortium agreement to provide NISO Library Standards Alliance membership to all CRKN institutional members, as well as associate members participating in CRKN's content licensing program. [Full Announcement].

December 2, 2020

NISO Heather Joseph Named As NISO's 2021 Miles Conrad Awardee. The National Information Standards Organization announced that Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will be the recipient of the 2021 Miles Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the information community. [Full Announcement].

December 1, 2020

NISO Zeynep Tufekci Announced as Closing Keynote for NISO Plus 2021. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that respected scholar and writer, Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, will be the closing keynote at the next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually, February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

November 24, 2020

NISO Applications Now Invited for the NISO Plus 2021 Scholarship Program!. NISO announced that, with the generous support of Digital Science, they are now inviting applications for our NISO Plus 2021 scholarship program. Building on the success of our experience with the first cohort of NISO Plus scholarship winners, we will again be encouraging successful applicants to engage fully with NISO and our community — not just at the NISO Plus conference, but also throughout the year. [Full Announcement].

November 18, 2020

NISO NISO voting members approve work to update Journal Article Versions (JAV). The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced today that their Voting Members have approved a new work item to update the 2008 Recommended Practice, NISO RP-8-2008, Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group. A NISO Working Group is being set up, and work is expected to begin in early 2021. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2020

NISO Margaret Sraku-Lartey Confirmed as Second NISO Plus 2021 Keynote. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that Margaret Sraku-Lartey, Principal Librarian at CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG), will be a keynote speaker at the next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually on February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

October 29, 2020

NISO Cory Doctorow to Keynote at NISO Plus 2021!. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that the well-known science fiction author, activist, and journalist, Cory Doctorow, will be a keynote at their next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually, February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

August 5, 2020

NISO Announcing NISO's Strategic Plan, 2020 - 2023. The National Information Standards Organization launched its strategic plan for July 2020 - 2023, which focuses on four key themes: Diversity and Inclusion; Trendsetting; Standards Development for Content and Technology; and Community Development. [Full Announcement].

July 30, 2020

NISO Measures that Matter Announces Roster for Initial Iteration of the Public Library Data Alliance. The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the roster for the initial iteration of the Public Library Data Alliance (PLDA). Representing an array of stakeholders, this group will continue the work of the COSLA Measures that Matter initiative. [Full Announcement].

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