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NISO/BISG 8th Annual Forum: 
The Changing Standards Landscape:
Managing an Increasingly Complex and Interconnected World of Content

Friday, June 27, 2014
12:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.
ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV
Room: LVCC - N231-233


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 Event Description

Digital content creation, distribution, and access is a worldwide endeavor that is much more complex than printing and shipping physical books or journals. Identification, description, file formats, purchasing models, and measurement have all been transformed by the trends of globalization and digitization of content distribution. For each of these trends, the role of standards in making these processes more efficient is a critical element and something all publishers and librarians should follow closely. Both communities have a lot to learn from each other regarding how standards work undertaken in the publishing community affects libraries and vice-versa.

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and Book Industry Study Group (BISG) have again partnered to explore how these trends impact publishing, libraries, and technology standards in the 8th Annual Changing Standards Landscape Forum. This year's event will cover the THEMA classification systems, the Linked Content Coalition, Open Discovery and demand-driven acquisitions, EPUB developments, and digital content assessment.


Our RSVP form is now closed. This event is free of charge; however, we would like to get a estimated count of attendance for logistical purposes. 


12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Networking and Light Refreshments
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
Len Vlahos, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group (BISG) 

Presentation: Managing an Increasingly Complex and Interconnected World of Content (Carpenter)

Presentation: The Changing Standards Landscape (Vlahos)

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Thema: The New Global Standard for Subject Classification
Julie Morris, Project Manager: Standards & Best Practices, BISG

Thema is intended for use by all parts of the book trade: unlike other book trade subject classifications, it aims to be globally applicable. And in contrast to various library classifications that are used internationally, it is tailored for commercial use within the trade. It is a flexible standard that allows each market to retain its unique cultural voice while still presenting a unified subject hierarchy that rationalizes book classification.

Julie Morris, Project Manager at the Book Industry Group (BISG) will give an overview of who's involved, who it affects, and why, from the perspective of a U.S.-based trade industry with a global outlook.

Presentation: Thema: The New Global Standard for Subject Classification
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Linked Content Coalition: Rights Management Tools
Todd Carpenter, Linked Content Coalition Board Member

The Linked Content Coalition (LCC) works to address one of the major challenges facing the global content industry; that is, the challenge of how to assert ownership of online content, and of how to communicate copyright terms and conditions in the digital environment.

LCC Board Member Todd Carpenter will present on the Rights Reference Model (RRM), a formal, general and extensible reference data model for representing intellectual property rights and entitlements for any media or content. 

Presentation: Linked Content Coalition
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

EPUB: Walled Gardens and the Readium Foundation
James English, Director of the Library Simplified Project, New York Public Library; member of the Readium Foundation Board

Globalization increases the need for discoverability and interoperability of e-books. This presentation will focus on what Readium is, and how it is relevant to e-book consumption globally, with a brief EPUB background/history of Reading System adoption for context.

Presentation: The EPUB Platform and the Readium Open Source Initiative
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

New Forms of Discovery and Purchasing in Libraries: Demand Driven Acquisitions
Michael Levine-Clark, Professor / Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services, University of Denver Libraries

There is an economic imperative guiding the acquisitions behavior of libraries, and that consideration of alternatives is something that faces all institutions when thinking about those changes when compared to more traditional models. The Demand Driven Acquisition recommended practice developed by the NISO working group is just one of numerous ways to help libraries continue to be creative when faced with the challenge of acquisitions in a limited budget environment.

Presentation: New Forms of Discovery and Purchasing in Libraries: Demand Driven Acquisitions
3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Measuring Usage and Assessing Impact

Where Digital is Going? E-book adoption by the numbers
Len Vlahos, Executive Director, BISG

What can sales data tell us about e-book adoption and digital reading habits? This presentation will take a close look at book industry statistics from the publisher's perspective, identifying trends related to global e-book adoption, and answering questions about where digital reading is going, to help publishers and libraries prepare for the future.

Presentation: Where Digital is Going? E-book adoption by the numbers

Assessing Digital Output in New Ways

Mike Taylor, Research Specialist, Elsevier Labs

Looking at emerging alternative metrics for measuring author impact and usage data, this presentation will focus on methods for capturing more granular data around researchers and topics, including new assessment tools, usage data sets, and understanding how that impacts overall author contributions and output.

Presentation: Assessing Digital Output in New Ways

4:00 p.m.

Thank you for attending!



The Changing Standards Landscape is jointly organized by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). Both organizations support, promote and maintain standards and best practices in the information community. NISO focuses on publishers, libraries, and the systems suppliers in information distribution.BISG focuses on increasing efficiencies throughout the publishing industry supply chain of publishers, technology suppliers, manufacturers, and wholesale and retail companies