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October 9, 2017

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new American National Standard, STS: Standards Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017. The purpose of this "standard for standards," which will be known as NISO STS, is to define a suite of XML elements and attributes that describes the full-text content and metadata of standards. NISO STS provides a common format that preserves intellectual content of standards independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered.

June 30, 2015

(National Information Standards Organization) The membership of the National Information Standards Organization has elected new leadership for the 2015-2016 term that begins on July 1, 2015. Mike Teets, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance & Architecture at OCLC, who was elected last year and has served as Vice Chair during the current term, will become Chair of NISO for the 2015-16 term. B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors.

June 26, 2015

(National Information Standards Organization) The Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division of the American Library Association has published a new book edited by Todd A. Carpenter, the Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment explores the process of developing information standards, the value of standards for libraries, publishing and the intermediaries that serve both communities. The book is published by ALCTS Publishing and is available in both print and electronic-book format. Carpenter, Nettie Lagace, NISO's Associate Director for Programs, and Cynthia Hodgson, recently retired NISO Editor, all contributed chapters to this publication.

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content, which provides guidance on the best way to manage the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in understanding what has been delivered and received.

February 7, 2013

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization voting members have approved a new project to develop standardized bibliographic metadata and visual indicators to describe the accessibility of journal articles as well as potentially describe how "open" the item is. Many offerings are available from publishers under the banner of Open Access (OA), Increased Access, Public Access, or other descriptions; the terms offered vary between publishers and, in some cases, based on the funding organization of the author. Adding to the potential confusion, a number of publishers also offer hybrid options in which some articles are open while the rest of the journal's content are available only by subscription or license. No standardized bibliographic metadata currently provides information on whether a specific article is freely readable and what re-use rights might be available to readers. Visual indicators or icons indicating the openness of an article are inconsistent in both design and use across publishers or even across journals from the same publisher.

February 4, 2013

(National Information Standards Organization) February 4, 2013 -The National Information Standards Organization and the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) have published a new Recommended Practice on Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials (NISO RP-15-2013). Supplemental materials are increasingly being added to journal articles, but until now there has been no recognized set of practices to guide in the selection, delivery, discovery, and preservation of these materials. To address this gap, NISO and NFAIS jointly sponsored an initiative to establish best practices that would provide guidance to publishers and authors for management of supplemental materials and would address related problems for librarians, abstracting and indexing services, and repository administrators. The Supplemental Materials project involved two teams working in tandem: one to address business practices and one to focus on technical issues. This new publication is the combined outcome of the two groups' work.

October 2, 2012

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization and the UKSG announced that BioOne, JSTOR, LOCKSS, the Royal Society of Chemistry and SpringerLink are the most recent organizations to publicly endorse the Phase I recommendations of the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) Working Group, a joint NISO/UKSG initiative that is exploring data problems within the OpenURL supply chain. KBART's Phase I Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2010), published in January 2010, contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers.

September 17, 2012

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization announced the publication of the COUNTER-SUSHI Implementation Profile. The new Recommended Practice provides a practical implementation structure to be used in the creation of reports and services related to harvesting of COUNTER Release 4 reports using the NISO SUSHI Protocol. The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting (SUSHI) Protocol was issued as a standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93) in 2007 to simplify and automate the harvesting of COUNTER usage reports by libraries from the growing number of information providers they work with.

October 25, 2011

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization voting members have approved a new Open Discovery Initiative work item to develop standards and recommended practices for next generation library discovery services. Using an aggregated index search of a wide range of resources, licensed and free, from multiple providers, these discovery services have the ability to deliver more sophisticated services with instant performance, compared to the federated search techniques previously used.

January 5, 2008

(National Information Standards Organization) National Information Standards Organization has issued the SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding as part of its Recommended Practice series. The SERU document codifies best practices and is freely available from the NISO web site. Publication follows a six-month trial use period, during which time librarians and publishers reported on their experiences using the draft document.

April 25, 2001

(National Information Standards Organization) Digital Reference Services are increasingly recognized as an essential component of digital library operations. We are seeing that there is a strong need for components of this service to interoperate in order to provide comprehensive and seamless service for the user. This Workshop will explore what standards are needed to facilitate the development and implementation of Digital Reference Services. This Workshop will bring together no more than 35 persons who are experienced and interested in the development of digital reference services to advise NISO on the prospect of successfully introducing standards in this new area of service.

March, 2001

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization announced the formation of a committee to develop the OpenURL Standard. This standard will allow information seekers to be connected to the appropriate copy of any chosen resource by passing along bibliographic or descriptive information about the resource in the form of metadata and taking into account the user''s organizational context or starting point. A variety of appropriate related resources may also be made available using OpenURL syntax. This new standard will let information providers connect their customers to services and products more cleanly and directly.

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