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NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comment

The Initiative was launched in July 2013, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to study, propose, and develop community-based standards or recommended practices for alternative metrics. The White Paper is open for public comment through July 18, 2014.

PIE-J Update and Request for Feedback

PIE-J, The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals, a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Recommended Practice, was published just over a year ago. It provides much-needed guidance on the presentation of e-journals. Today, in order to continue improving this recommended practice, the Commitee would like to gather feedbacks from librarians, publishers and providers who have used PIE-J. Regina Romano Reynolds, Director of the U.S. ISSN Center is a member of the PIE-J Standing Commitee.

NISO Publishes Revised Recommendations for Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART)

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a revision to the Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) Recommended Practice. The initial recommendations were focused on metadata exchange between content providers for journal resources. The revision includes the more granular, complex issues that cause problems in metadata supply, including consortia-specific metadata and metadata transfer for open access publications, e-books, and conference proceedings.

NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project

In June 2013, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded NISO a grant to undertake a two-phase initiative to explore, identify, and advance standards and/or best practices related to a new suite of potential metrics in the community. This project is an important step in the development and adoption of new assessment metrics, which include usage-based metrics, social media references, and network behavioral analysis.

The third meeting of the project’s group was held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA, all the documents from this session and from the previous ones are available on the project’s homepage.

COAR Comments on NISO Open Access Metadata and Indicators

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) supports NISO’s (National Information Standards Organization) efforts to harmonize the expression of open access and re-use rights for publications. Among the 5 solutions submitted, COAR insists on the necessity of a common vocabulary and widens the scope of recommendations to research data.

Packaging eSerials for Transfer and Preservation

The Library of Congress participates in the NISO project PESC (Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content) which aims at developping a recommended practice for exchange and archiving of serial publications.

NISO Releases Draft Open Access and Metadata Indicators Recommended Practice for Comments

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO, United States) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Open Access Metadata and Indicators (NISO RP-22-201x). Launched in January 2013, the NISO Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group was chartered to develop protocols and mechanisms for machine-processing metadata and identifying the accessibility or rights status.