NISO Publishes Updated Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) Standard 1.1
Baltimore, MD - January 7, 2016 - The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) announces the formal publication of the updated
version of JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite 1.1, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015.
This newly official edition is a revision of ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012, also
known as JATS 1.0, first published in July 2012. The purpose of JATS is
to define a suite of XML elements and attributes that describes the
content of metadata and journal articles using a common format that
enables the exchange of journal content. This Tag Suite thus is intended
to preserve intellectual content of journals independent of the form in
which the content was originally delivered, and enables an archive to
capture structural and semantic components of existing material. In
addition, the JATS standard includes three implementations of the suite,
called Tag Sets, which are intended to provide models for archiving,
publishing, and authoring journal article content.
"JATS 1.1 continues to build on the success of JATS 1.0, which was
itself the successor to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DTD
version 3.0, widely adopted in industry," comments Jeffrey Beck, NCBI
Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine and
Co-chair of the NISO JATS Standing Committee. "JATS is used to tag
thousands of journals worldwide by a wide array of implementers and
publishers. And JATS continues to grow," says Beck. "The TaxPub
extension provides elements for tagging taxonomic treatments in journal
articles. BITS is an NLM effort to make a JATS-based book model, and
NISO STS is a NISO activity to make a JATS-based standard for Standards
based on ISO STS."
"Comments from users made on JATS 1.0 through February 2015 have been
addressed by the NISO JATS Standing Committee and incorporated into JATS
1.1. All changes are also backward compatible with JATS 1.0, which
means that any document that was valid according to JATS 1.0 will be
valid according to JATS 1.1," explains B. Tommie Usdin, President of
Mulberry Technologies, Inc. and co-chair of the NISO JATS Standing
Committee. "We are pleased that this formalization, performed via the
ANSI/NISO consensus standardization process, enables adopters of JATS to
trust that the enhancements added to JATS 1.1 are fully stable and will
function as intended."
Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director of Programs, comments that, "JATS
1.0 was approved by ANSI and published by NISO in 2012. Since then,
updates to the standard are managed through an ANSI-approved Continuous
Maintenance procedure, which means that comments are reviewed and
approved by a NISO JATS Standing Committee on a regular basis before the
full updated standard is formalized." Lagace continues, "The Standing
Committee evaluated feasibility and priority of all comments and created
responses, which are now available via the NISO JATS web pages, so that
any user can view the full history of these changes."
The NISO JATS 1.1 standard is available as both an online XML document and a freely available PDF from the NISO website at http://www.niso.org/workrooms/journalmarkup. Supporting documentation and schemas in DTD, RELAX NG, and W3C Schema formats are available at http://jats.nlm.nih.gov.
NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and
maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent
management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be
trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO
engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other
organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through
the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO
works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire
lifecycle of information standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association
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