What is NISO?

Founded in 1939, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is an industry-based, nonprofit, non-governmental association. NISO is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to identify, develop, maintain, and publish voluntary, consensus-based standards for managing information.

How do NISO standards add value?

NISO standards promote the flow of content between creator, publisher, distributor and user. NISO standards are directed towards those who publish information and/or provide tools to access, use, or preserve information. The ISBN is one of the NISO standards your company depends on.The procedures NISO uses ensure integrity and guarantee that all stakeholders have a say.

Why do we need standards? Because standards . . .

  • Make information systems easier to use and less expensive to operate.

  • Expand markets domestically and abroad for all those who develop and sell information products and services.

  • Provide stability so all those managing information keep pace with a changing business environment.

  • Assure your customers and business partners that your products and services meet a necessary level of quality and reliability.

Who uses NISO standards?

Publishers, information aggregators and content providers, libraries and other information providers use NISO standards. All those whose business depends on interoperability with other systems and processes use NISO standards.

How do I join NISO?

Membership in NISO is open to any organization interested in supporting the goals of NISO. Complete the Membership Application and return it to NISO Headquarters, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302, Baltimore, MD 21211-1948, USA. The annual dues are based on a sliding scale based on total gross revenue for for-profit organizations or on total operating expenses for non-profit and government agencies. The fee scale is on the application form.

For more information on joining, please contact DeVonne Parks, NISO's Member Services & Engagement Manager at 301.654.2512 or e-mail at