NISO’s educational programs for December include a virtual conference and a two-part webinar. Details on each are below.


NISO/NFAIS Joint Virtual Conference: Connecting the Library to the Wider World: Successful Applications of Linked Data

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar. This program is jointly sponsored by NISO and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS).

Date: December 3, 2014

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

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For the vast majority of users, the launch of Google's Knowledge Graph in 2012 was the first glimpse they had of the value of linked data. All types of content providers—including libraries—are acting on the promise of knowledge systems built on linked data. By making data open, it becomes interoperable. By disambiguating and linking data, the user's experience is a better one. Content is more discoverable and more meaningful by exposing the relationships the data may have in the context of similar or relevant materials. By creating services that rely on linked open data, a more sophisticated information environment is created that better serves user communities in a variety of settings.

The joint NISO/NFAIS virtual conference on Connecting the Library to the Wider World: Successful Applications of Linked Data will feature speakers on what is linked open data (LOD); emerging tools and technologies; library initiatives on metadata, discovery, digitized special collections; enhanced services for creating online engagement and fueling smart content or insightful systems; and building materials and tools.

For a detailed agenda and registration information, visit the event webpage:


NISO Two-Part December Webinar:  Sustainable Information

Part 1:  Digital Preservation for Text

Date: December 10, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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Part 2: Digital Preservation of Audio-Visual Content

Date: December 3, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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Information resources are increasingly born digital and may never have a print counterpart. Many older resources are being digitized, with the digital resource now the primary version. But digital resources depend on technology and technology changes can render a resource in accessible. To ensure digital information is sustainable, issues including file formats, metadata, storage media, and compatible software and hardware must be addressed.

ABOUT PART 1: Digital Preservation for Text

This webinar will share the experiences of several organizations in developing a process for ensuring the preservation of digital textual resources including: Digital curation in a law library setting; Rosetta digital preservation system; and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) levels of preservation.

ABOUT PART 2: Digital Preservation of Audio-Visual Content

Audio-visual resources in digital formats present even more challenges to preservation than do digital text resources. Reformatting information to a common file format can be difficult and may require specialists to ensure it is done with no loss in integrity. While digital text may still be usable if done imperfectly (e.g. skewed but still readable pages), even small errors in digital A/V files could render the material unusable. This webinar will share the experiences of several projects that are working to ensure that A/V files can be preserved with their full integrity ensured including: Video preservation services at Harvard; Using the SMPTE Archive eXchange Format (AXF) standard; and Hydra/Blacklight: An open-source preservation solution.

You may register for one or both parts; registrants to both parts receive a 25% discount. For a detailed agenda and to register, visit the event webpages:
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Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

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