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July 6, 2020

(NISO) NISO has published RP-30-2020, Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA) Recommended Practice — an open protocol for the transfer of manuscripts within and between manuscript systems. As well as developing a common vocabulary, the MECA Working Group has also made specific recommendations for transmitting, identifying, and packaging the content being transferred.

June 29, 2020

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce the results of its recent Board elections for the term beginning July 1, 2020. Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc., becomes Chair of NISO for the 2020-21 term, after serving as Vice Chair for the past 12 months. Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC, Inc., has been elected to serve as the incoming Vice Chair. She will transition into the role of Chair for 2021-22 next July. Marian Hollingsworth will transition to the position of Past Chair following her successful tenure as Chair of the NISO Board since July of 2019.

June 24, 2020

(NISO) NISO announced that a revised version of its Recommended Practice, RP-19-2020, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery, is now published and freely available for use by the information community. Originally published in 2014, the proposed revisions to this Recommended Practice were open for public comment earlier this year. All feedback received was reviewed by the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee and, where appropriate, incorporated into this final version.

June 18, 2020

(NISO) The NISO Working Group on E-Book Bibliographic Metadata Requirements in the Sale, Publication, Discovery, Delivery, and Preservation Supply Chain invites comments on its proposed Recommended Practice. Everyone involved in producing and using e-book metadata — publishers, retailers, libraries, service providers, and preservation agencies — is encouraged to share their feedback by August 2nd, 2020.

May 5, 2020

(NISO) he National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments from the information community on the draft recommended practice, Reproducibility Badging and Definitions. Following on the landmark U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report, Reproducibility in Science, this Recommended Practice, developed by the NISO Taxonomy, Definitions, and Recognition Badging Scheme Working Group, provides a set of recognition standards to be universally deployed across the scholarly publishing output. Comments will be accepted through June 18, 2020.

April 24, 2020

(NISO) Following its December 2019 announcement, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce the formal launch of its work to formalize and develop the Contributor Role Taxonomy (CRediT) as an ANSI/NISO standard. NISO Voting Members expressed strong support for this work, which has also been welcomed by the wider community.

January 25, 2020

(NISO) The NISO Open Discovery Initiative Standing Committee invites feedback on proposed revisions to its Recommended Practice, originally published in 2014 as NISO RP-19-2014 Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery. Librarians, publishers, vendors, and others who are interested in how content is included in discovery systems are encouraged to share their comments by March 9, 2020.

November 19, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced James G. Neal as the 2020 Miles Conrad Lecturer. Neal will be presented with this prestigious award on February 24, 2020 at the NISO Plus Conference in Baltimore, MD.

October 31, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new draft Recommended Practice pertaining to the modernization of library-vendor technical interoperability using RESTful web service application programming interfaces (APIs) and standard mobile application intent calls. In the interest of streamlining information transfer between vendor and library systems, the scope of the draft FASTEN Recommended Practice touches on areas such as login/authentication, account information, availability, checkout, streaming options, and more. FASTEN is the acronym used for this initiative, more formally titled as the Flexible API Standard for E-Content NISO.

October 30, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the appointment of Alice Meadows as Director of Community Engagement. In this role, Meadows will have responsibility for advancing the development of the NISO community, communicating the value of NISO’s projects, events, and other programs, and expanding the resources it has to achieve its mission.

July 3, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources. This NISO Recommended Practice provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and improving the federated authentication user experience, arising from the Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) initiative.

July 1, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) announced that efforts to merge the two organizations have been successfully completed. The fully-integrated entity consists of more than 250 libraries, government agencies, associations, and content and technology providers. Working together, those stakeholders will more easily and efficiently craft collaborative solutions to problems facing the information community as a whole.

June 21, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the appointment of Jason Griffey as the Director of Strategic Initiatives on the NISO staff. Griffey brings to NISO over 15 years of experience in libraries and community leadership, as well as a broad understanding of emerging technologies. This new position was created to support the forthcoming merger between NISO and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) that was announced earlier this spring. Griffey will be responsible for organizing an annual conference and thought leadership meetings, and for building initiatives based on those convenings.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the formal publication of recommended practices for KBART Automation: Automated Retrieval of Customer Electronic Holdings (NISO RP-26-2019). This Recommended Practice supports the timely exchange of accurate, library-specific KBART-formatted holdings reports between content providers’ access control systems and knowledge bases, allowing knowledge base-powered systems to more accurately reflect content accessible at a particular institution and its unique holdings, with little interaction or ongoing maintenance from library staff. The KBART acronym stands for Knowledge Bases and Related Tools.

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.

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