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ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL):
Simplifying License Expression

September 10, 2008
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

About the Webinar

The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) and Serials Solutions are partnering with a number of publishers to test the transmission of licensing data using the ONIX-PL messages. In this trial, publishers will deliver machine readable license information in a standardized way via XML. In this way, ONIX-PL should eliminate mapping and manual entry of license terms in ERM systems and should improve the user interface for easily accessing terms. Alicia Wise, Chief Executive of the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) and co-chair of the NISO ONIX-PL Working Group, will begin the event by describing in more detail the need for ONIX-PL, the benefits it provides for various stakeholders, and the ongoing maintenance she and her group will be doing with this standard as well as will provide an overview of the work done to get the trail to this stage. She will then be joined by Jeff Aipperspach, Senior Product Manager, Serials Solutions, and Rick Burke, Executive Director, SCELC, who will give their hands-on perspectives of the trial and how this project hopes to provide a model for future ONIX-PL implementations.

Intended Audience:

This webinar is for librarians, publishers, and content providers who are interested in how to express licenses in a machine-readable format, load them into electronic resource management systems, link them to digital resources, and communicate key usage terms to users.


Jeff Aipperspach
Senior Product Manager, Serials Solutions

Rick Burke
Executive Director, The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)

Alicia Wise

Chief Executive , Publishers Licensing Society (PLS)
Chair, NISO ONIX-PL Working Group


ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL) is a family of standard XML messaging protocols for exchanging licensing information that builds on the work of the Digital Libraries Federation Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) and NISO's License Expression Working Group (LEWG).

NISO's License Expression Working Group (LEWG) began in 2005, with a two-part charge:

  1. Monitor and make recommendations regarding the further development of standards relating to electronic resources and license expression, including but not limited to the ERMI and EDItEUR work.
  2. Actively engage in the development of the ONIX license messaging specification.

Since that time these two areas have become more clearly and distinctly defined. In addition, much progress has been made and the ONIX-PL standard, developed to meet the needs of librarians and publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, is now nearing its pilot phase and we are poised to begin awareness raising campaigns. As a result, in mid-2008 LEWG was restructured to ensure focused attention in these areas. The original LEWG has therefore been replaced with a new Working Group to focus specifically on development of the ONIX license messaging specification, and a second, short-term sub-committee of the Business Information Topic Committee that is tasked with conducting a survey of the current and emerging place of "ERMI", thus defined within the broader ERM landscape, to better determine how vendors are implementing the ERMI data dictionary and related documents and how libraries are making use of these systems and services.

Alicia Wise will be assuming the role of Chair for the ONIX-PL Working Group, while Ivy Anderson and Tim Jewell are spearheading the creation and direction of the subcommittee that will be surveying re ERMI and the broader ERM landscape.

This webinar will discuss the progress that has been made with the ONIX-PL standard, new implementations of the standard, and what you need to know about how this might benefit and impact your organization.


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  • NISO and ALCTS Members: $59
  • Non Members: $79

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm EST on September 10, 2008.
  • Cancellations made by September 3, 2008 will receive a full refund. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via email the Monday prior the event.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • System Requirements
    Please note: you will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A portion, and a telephone for the audio portion. To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting: http://www.communiqueconferencing.com/livemeeting_downloads.asp

For questions, email nisohq@niso.org.