Bethesda, Md., USA – (April 8, 2002) NISO, the National Information Standards Organization has been asked to undertake the development of
a national standard to facilitate the exchange of serials subscription information. In evaluating this suggestion the Standards Development Committee concluded that further information is needed before NISO can launch standards development work. Over the next two months, NISO will survey the leaders in the serials community, systems staff, and librarians to learn more about this issue with the goal of making an informed decision about the viability of a national standard on this topic. Funding from the Digital Library Federation will support this research.
Information aggregators, publishers, third party service providers, and libraries engage in a number of recurring business-to-business transactions requiring the exchange of serial subscription information. At this time there is no standard to facilitate this information exchange. This survey will explore the needs for serials subscription information exchange, the formats now being used and views on the need for and usefulness of a national standard for serials subscription information exchange; the study will also measure the need and support for a standard designation for subscribers and services.
NISO has engaged Ed Jones to conduct a telephone and email survey. Based on the findings, Jones will draft a White Paper describing the current and potential applications for exchanging serials subscription information between libraries, publishers, aggregators, and third party services. The final report will be made available to all NISO members in June 2002. If you would like to participate in the survey, please contact Pat Harris (email@example.com), NISO Executive Director.
NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer. For information about NISO's current standardization interests and membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at www.niso.org.
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