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OpenURL and Metasearch:
New Standards, Current Innovations, and Future Directions

September 19, 20, 21, 2005
Washington, DC

NISO's OpenURL standard and Metasearch technologies are complementary tools that can powerfully improve the experience of today's information seeker. This series of workshops will take you from the foundations to the cutting edge of these new directions in information technology. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts and innovators.

Workshop Outline,  Agenda,  Speakers,   and  Abstracts

Monday September 19 - OpenURL: Linking and Services on the Cutting Edge

  • Introduction to the OpenURL Standard, ANSI/NISO Z39.88
  • Using the OpenURL for innovative services
  • The OpenURL Registry: Supporting New Uses
  • Compliance and testing: Using the OpenURL for Quality Services

Tuesday September 20 - Metasearch: Opportunities, Innovations and Standards

  • The NISO Metasearch Initiative
  • State of the Market
  • Implementation Issues
  • Innovative Uses
  • The Future of the Metasearch Initiative

Wednesday September 21 - Training for Content Provider Applications of OpenURL and Metasearch
Tailored for technical staff and developers this training day will help you understand the parameters of quality assurance and compatibility that will allow your product to interact seamlessly and steer users to your content.

Workshop Times:

  • Registration (each day): 8:00-8:30 a.m.
  • OpenURL Workshop - Monday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Metasearch Workshop - Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Training Day - Wednesday, 8:30-5:00

Who Should Attend?

  • Librarians will gain a deeper understanding of the linking and metasearch services on the market and ideas for future applications. Those actively developing content, through institutional repositories or electronic publishing initiatives, can learn how to make their content visible through technologies based on these standards.
  • Vendors designing and selling metasearch tools and linking services will have an opportunity to learn more about how these standards can be modeled into products and services as well as the practices that lead to successful implementations.
  • Content providers (publishers, aggregators and hosting services) will learn how the use of these standards can increase the visibility of their products and open new markets. Those responsible for strategic decisions will get a good view of directions for development.

All participants will have the opportunity to network with information professionals in a setting conducive to learning and exchange.

Meeting Location and Directions

All three workshops will be held at the AED Conference Center in Washington DC.
The AED Conference Center is located at:
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

AED is a four-block walk from the Dupont Circle metro stop (Red line). Click here to download directions to the Conference center. Garage parking is located at 2005 Florida Avenue, between Connecticut Avenue and T Street.

Meeting Fees and Registration

Registration is accepted for any combination of days. Each day registration includes breakfast and lunch. Monday and Tuesday registrants are invited to a Monday evening reception. Employees of NISO Voting Members and Library Standards Alliance Members receive substantial discounts. Multiple day registrations are also discounted.

Registration fees:




Single day workshop

$219 (early bird $199)

$299 (early bird $279)

Both workshops
(combination package)

$399 (early bird $369)

$559 (early bird $529)

Either workshop
plus the Training Day

$399 (early bird $369)

$559 (early bird $529)

All three days

$569 ($519 early bird)

$799 ($759 early bird)

  • Early bird rates are offered until August 26, 2005.
  • Regular rates will apply from August 27 until September 14th.
  • Advance registration closes on September 14. After that date, please call the NISO office to arrange on-site registration. A processing fee of $50 will be added to each on-site registration.
  • Cancellations made by September 7 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After September 7, there are no refunds.

To see if your institution is a member, click here:
NISO Voting Members
NISO Library Standards Alliance Members
For information on becoming a member, click here.

Click Here for Online Registration
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If you are not paying by credit credit please download and print out this Registration Form and fax or mail it to NISO. Payment must accompany Registration form.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made by September 7 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After September 7, there are no refunds.

Hotel Accommodations

Check the web (expedia.com, hotels.com, lodging.com, orbitz.com) for competitive hotel rates. The AED conference center is within walking distance of the Dupont Circle Metro station stop (Red Line). The following hotel properties are within walking distance of the meeting place.

  • Courtyard-Marriott
    1900 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    T: 202- 332-9300
    (888) 236-2427
    Fax: (202) 319-1793
  • Dupont at the Circle
    1604 19th St., NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    T: 1-888-412-0100
    Fax: (202) 332-3244
    email: duppontatthecircle@comcast.net
    Website: www.dupontatthecircle.com/
    A charming bed & breakfast, four blocks from the meeting place; Ines, the manager, speaks fluent French and Spanish.
  • Georgetown Suites
    1000 29th St., NW
    1111 30th St., NW
  • The Hamilton Crown Plaza
    14th & K Sts. NW
    Washington, DC 20005
  • Holiday Inn Georgetown
    2101 Wisconsin Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20007
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
    1155 14th St., NW
    Washington, DC 20006
  • Holiday Inn
    1501 Rhode Island Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20005
  • Hilton Washington and Towers
    1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    T: 202-483-3000
    Website: www.hiltonworldwide.com/
  • The Jurys Washington Hotel
    1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    T: 202-483-6000
    Fax: +1-202-328 3265
    Website: http://www.jurys-washingtondc-hotels.com/jurys_washingtondc
  • Jurys Normandy Inn Hotel
    2118 Wyoming Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    T: 202-483-1350/1-800-784-1180
    Fax: +1-202-387 8241
    Website: http://www.jurys-washingtondc-hotels.com/normandyinn_washingtondc
  • Omni Shoreham Hotel
    2500 Calvert St., NW
    Washington, DC 20008
  • Tabard Inn
    1739 N Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    T: 202-785-1277
    Fax: 202-785-6173
    Email: reservations@tabardinn.com
    Website: http://www.tabardinn.com/home.htm
    A smaller hotel that is one of Washington's landmarks.

Workshop Planning Team

Workshop planners: Amy Brand (CrossRef), Jeremy Frumkin (University of Washington), Eric Hellman (Openly Informatics), Andrew Pace (North Carolina State University, Raleigh), Roy Tennant (California Digital Library), Eric Van de Velde (California Institute of Technology), Jenny Walker (ExLibris USA); and committee co-chairs: Karen Coyle and October Ivins.