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Understanding the Data Around Us:
Gathering and Analyzing Usage Data

November 1-2, 2007
Magnolia Hotel
Dallas, TX


Cosponsored by:

Amigos Library Services

About the Forum

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and Amigos Library Services will host a forum on Understanding the Data Around Us: Gathering and Analyzing Usage Data , to be held November 1-2nd at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas, Texas. This two-day event asks library and information service providers to think about what kinds of usage data--for e-resources, print, and more--can be used to help improve the provision of information services, what data might be missing, and ways all parties involved (libraries, publishers, aggregators, and system vendors) can best use the data collected. The event includes speakers who will discuss issues of gathering, analyzing, and applying usage data, and encourages the audience to engage with questions of their own.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Environmental scan on usage data: What data is being collected and why? What's missing?
  • COUNTER: Learn about COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) and how the Codes of Practice improve the reliability of online usage statistics.
  • Library Perspective: How is data collected and what administrative questions does it answer?
  • Publisher Perspective: How is data collected and disseminated, and how does it affect sales and pricing?
  • Aggregator Perspective: How is data compiled from disparate content providers, and what reporting is being done?
  • SUSHI: Learn how the SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol can automate the retrieval of COUNTER and other usage statistics.
  • Case Study: The large-scale harvesting of electronic resources usage data in a collaboration between a data aggregator, software provider, and academic library.
  • Next steps: Once you have data, what do you do with it? Learn about applications of usage data, including impact on collections decisions, services, and quality rankings.

Learn more about this event by visiting the agenda.

Registration - Now Closed

Registration includes both receptions as well as breakfast and lunch both forum days. Notify NISO staff upon arrival if you have any dietary restrictions.

NISO Voting Members and Library Standards Alliance members receive substantial discounts. Amigos members may register at the NISO member rate.

Early Bird
Rate ends 10/18/07
Regular On Site One-day Registration
Early Bird Regular
Member $454 $579 $629 $250 $380
Nonmember $694 $809 $859 $320 $445

Special Offer: Libraries registering three (3) individuals from the same organization will receive a free Library Standards Alliance (LSA) membership. For LSA member information, visit the Library Standards Alliance webpage.

  • Early bird rates are offered until October 18, 2007.
  • Cancellations made by October 22, 2007 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registration closes October 25, 2007. After that date call the NISO office to arrange on-site registration. A processing fee of $50 will be added to each on-site registration.

Location Information

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Magnolia Hotel
1401 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Toll Free Reservations: (888) 915-1110
E-mail Reservations: dalres@magnoliahotels.com
Phone: (214) 915-6500
Hotel Fax: (214) 253-0053

Hotel Rate
We have reserved at block of rooms at $139 + tax -- reference the NISO Forum for this discount.
This rate is available until Wednesday, October 17, 2007.

Directions from DFW Airport

  1. Follow the signs to the SOUTH EXIT.
  2. At the end of the parkway fork to the left. The sign will indicate DALLAS, Hwy 183. Hwy 183 is straight for six miles, forks to the right (at Texas Stadium), then merges with I-35E.
  3. Follow I-35E to downtown. Exit COMMERCE ST. EAST. This is a right-hand exit.
  4. The Magnolia is three-quarters of a mile down Commerce.
  5. Turn into the driveway on the left after Akard St. That is the hotel's front drive.
  6. The doorman will help you with your car and luggage at that point.
  • A shuttle from the airport is $18 one way -- the hotel recommends Super Shuttle (817-329-2000). No reservations are needed from the airport.
  • A cab is approximately $43-$45 one way.


NISO would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support.

Conference Sponsor

Amigos Library Services

Major Sponsor

Ex Libris

November 1st Luncheon Sponsor

Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

NISO Annual Meeting Luncheon Sponsor


Breaks Sponsor
Serials Solutions