For release: November 4, 2002

NISO and EDItEUR to Set Serials Exchange Standard

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and EDItEUR
are establishing a Joint Working Party (JWP) to explore the
development of a common standard format for the exchange of serials
subscription information.

A NISO White Paper released in September 2002 reported that
libraries, content aggregators, publishers, and third party service
providers are increasingly exchanging information about serials
subscription.  The White Paper indicated that a standard exchange
format would be beneficial to all parties in the supply chain and
identified ONIX for Serials as a good foundation for such an exchange

The NISO/EDItEUR group will begin work in November 2002 and will be tasked to:

 Recommend specific enhancements to the ONIX for Serials schema and
documentation to support exchange of serials subscription information;

 Recommend how the query/response scenarios can be accommodated
within the emerging EDItEUR framework for transaction-based

 Plan, organize and coordinate a pilot project involving publishers,
intermediaries, and libraries to demonstrate the feasibility of using
ONIX for Serials as an exchange format for serials subscription

The Joint Working Party will be co-chaired by Priscilla Caplan, a
member of the NISO Standards Development Committee and  Assistant
Director of the Florida Center for Library Automation, Gainesville
FL and Richard Gedye, Journals Sales and Marketing Director, Oxford
University Press, Oxford UK.

The NISO White Paper, titled  "The Exchange of Serials Subscription
Information" by Ed Jones is featured on the NISO website at:

NISO is the leading accredited standards developer serving libraries
and content industries (  EDItEUR is an international
trade industry group coordinating development of the standards
infrastructure for electronic commerce in books and serials

For further information contact:

Pat Harris                              Brian Green
Executive Director, NISO                Manager, EDItEUR
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