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NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project 

New!!! The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of the new Technical Report NISO TR-06-2017, Issues in Vocabulary Management.

Background: In November 2012, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation generously provided the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) with a grant to support an initiative to develop a community roadmap that will help support movement toward a future bibliographic information exchange ecosystem. The goal of this project is to collectively determine the needs and requirements of the library, higher education, and non-profit networked information communities to ensure they are able to use and exchange bibliographic data in an increasingly networked, linked data environment.    

Over the course of the next nine months, NISO will host one face-to-face meeting in the United States and several global webinars, as well as organize at least three working group efforts during the periods between webinars. These meetings will be conducted to explore priorities and coordinate the requirements of key communities including: libraries of all types including national libraries; technologists such as those involved in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) projects; library system providers; and other international standards development organizations. The end result of this work will be a report that will identify exchange points where standards development is needed and document suggested areas where functionality testing should be performed. It should help pinpoint at a high level the development priorities and coordination points needed over the next 24-36 months.

Extract of the Proposal to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Project summary report, April 2014

New work item proposal for three Vocabulary development projects (November 2014): Vocabulary policies on use and reuse, Vocabulary documentation, and Vocabulary preservation requirements

NISO Bibliographic Development Roadmap
Project Discussion Webinar

Thursday, December 5, 2013
1:00 - 2:00PM (ET) 

Access the event recording: NISO's Bibliographic Roadmap: Phase 2



Earlier this year, NISO hosted a two-day session in Baltimore to pull together bibliographic systems experts from around the world to discuss the broader implications of developing trends in our community regarding the future of bibliographic data exchange systems. Supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the purpose of the Bibliographic Roadmap initiative was to identify potential areas for future areas of focus, potential research, or development necessary to implement a transformation in how bibliographic data is created, exchanged, and managed.

NISO will be continuing this project with a discussion webinar on December 5 at 1 pm Eastern time. This free event will summarize the prioritization effort currently underway at NISO's IdeaScale Input Forum to highlight those projects the community views as most potentially valuable in advancing the goal of implementing a transformation of bibliographic data systems. During the in-person meeting earlier this year, attendees identified more than 40 potential project ideas, which have been grouped into roughly 15 different potential activity themes, now listed on IdeaScale. Obviously, in an environment of limited resources, not every one of these projects can be acted upon or pursued. This phase of the project will be to collectively prioritize these potential activity streams.

During the webinar, we will briefly discuss the various potential activities that were identified. During the session, participants will also have an opportunity to provide feedback that will shape the recommendations and potential future work. As a community- and membership-based organization, NISO wants to ensure that our activities track the interests and needs of our constituencies, so we rely heavily on the feedback and input from members and the community at large. We will continue to discuss and refine these items into early 2014, with plans to distribute a final report of this initiative in April 2014. NISO will also host an open discussion of the project at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia.

Questions regarding this initiative can be directed to Nettie Lagace via nlagace@niso.org.

In-person meeting, April 15-16, 2013, Baltimore, MD

NISO hosted a free and open in-person meeting in Baltimore on Monday-Tuesday, April 15-16, 2013 to engage the public conversation on the development of the Bibliographic Roadmap. This un-conference-style gathering is being used to elicit and prioritize themes for greater discussion over the coming months.  The meeting was held at the Tremont Grand Hotel in downtown Baltimore.   A live stream was broadcast, as well as forums for engaging and gathering input from virtual participants. 

1. Roadmap Meeting Agenda 

Google sites document output of meeting brainstorming

Tweet archive - hashtag #nisobibrm

2. Roadmap Meeting Attendees

3. Video recordings:

AVIAC Meeting at ALA Annual Conference

Monday, July 1, 2013
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place Convention Center (MCP) - N227a

Join NISO for a meeting of interested parties and an update of the Bibliographic Roadmap project as we engage the community to continue the conversation related to this project during ALA's Annual conference in Chicago. 

View slides from Todd Carpenter's presentation Whither Bibliographic Data? Designing a roadmap to a new bibliographic information ecosystem.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Launch Teleconference (OPEN) - Call Recording (MP3 - approx. 60 minutes)

Google Groups Link 

NISO hosted an open community teleconference to launch this project on Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 ET (UTC -5:00).  The purpose of the  call was to introduce the community to this project, outline our goals, answer any questions and begin to map out planning the project and identify dates and locations for the in-person meeting that the Mellon Foundation has funded.  We expect the call will take about 60 minutes.

The call was recorded and a recording is available via the link above.