NISO @ ALA Annual 2010

NISO Update

Simplifying Digital Content:
Standards from Creation to Distribution and Access

Sunday, June 27, 2010
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
ALA Annual Conference
Washington, DC
Washington Convention Center, Room 148

Event Description

Digital content requires considerably more coordination and integration than it did in the analog world. In a digital environment, authors are much more free to distribute different versions of their publications, to provide supplementary information, and make their research available in new formats and interactive tools and platforms. These changes continue further downstream in making research and publications available in different, re-flowable formats and via discovery tools. Although the additional information and availabilities of content serve to enhance the development and distribution of research, at the same time they pose new problems for libraries, publishers, and other distribution channels -- from identification to metadata to distribution and more. During this year's NISO Update session at the ALA Annual Conference, speakers will highlight standards and best practices that NISO is engaged in developing that aim to ease some of the problems that are associated with digital content. The session will begin by looking at some developments affecting content creation, focusing on article versions and publisher integration of supplemental materials. The program will then move into questions around the publication of content, including formats, supplementary article materials, and e-journal presentation.


1:30 - 1:50 p.m.: Welcome & Introductions
Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO

1:50 - 2:15 p.m.: Journal Article Versions
Lettie Y. Conrad, Online Product Manager, SAGE Publications, Inc. • Presentation

In this presentation you will learn more about the NISO/ALPSP Recommended Practice on Journal Article Versions (NISO RP-8-2008 - available online at and plans for a survey to assess its current use. The Journal Article Versions (JAV) document provides a simple, practical way of describing the versions of scholarly journal articles that typically appear online before, during, and after formal journal publication.

2:15 - 2:40 p.m.: Creation of File Formats
B. Tommie Usdin, President, Mulberry Technologies, Inc., & Co-chair, NISO Standardized Markup for Journal Articles Working Group
Jeff Beck, NCBI, National Library of Medicine, & Co-chair, NISO Standardized Markup for Journal Articles Working Group

The goal of the Standardized Markup for Journal Articles Working Group (see is to take the currently existing National Library of Medicine (NLM) Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite version 3.0, the three journal article schemas, and the documentation and shepherd it through the NISO standardization process. In April, the group finished working on updates to version 3.0 and are moving to authoring the standard itself. Learn more about their work, as well as about discussions that have taken place in NISO about next steps, including potential work to develop a Book DTD.

2:40 - 3:05 p.m.: Supplementary Article Materials
Linda Beebe, Senior Director of PsycINFO, American Psychological Association • Presentation

In January 2010, NISO partnered with NFAIS and the APA to bring together a meeting of librarians, publishers, and scholarly organizations to discuss the issue of supplementary journal materials in order to discover if there might be an opportunity to reach some consensus on how to work with supplemental materials in a more standardized fashion for improved management, access, and discoverability (see for a meeting report). As a result of that meeting, a new work item was proposed to NISO's Content & Collection Management Topic Committee to create three groups--a steering committee and two focused working groups--to develop a NISO Recommended Practice on this topic (still in ballot -- to close April 16, 2010; see the proposal online at: Linda will provide a brief summary of the meeting and an update of the new work.

3:05 - 3:30 p.m.: Ejournal Presentation
Regina Reynolds, ISSN Coordinator, Library of Congress • Presentation

In March 2010, NISO's Business Information Topic Committee approved a new work item (see original proposal here: to create a working group to develop a Recommended Practice on the Presentation and Identification of E-Journals that will provide much-needed guidance on the presentation of e-journals—particularly in the areas of title presentation, accurate use of the ISSN, and citation practices—to publishers and platform providers as well as to solve some long-standing concerns of serials librarians. More information on this proposal can be found in the referenced article, "In Search of Best Practices for the Presentation of E-Journals," by Regina Romano Reynolds and Cindy Hepfer (ISQ 21.2: 19-24). In this presentation, Regina will provide an update of the work of that group and its progress.