NISO Training Program Launches in September 2017

Working with Scholarly Information Resource RESTful APIs


NISO Training Program:

 Working with Scholarly Resource RESTful APIs

September 15 - Nov 3


Early Bird Registration Closes Midnight, September 4th.


Objective: To provide consistency of training and a baseline of knowledge across the information community for appropriate use of APIs using the HTTP REST paradigm for scholarly resources across multiple information services and systems.  


Who Might Benefit from This Training:


Course Dates: Consecutive Fridays, September 15 - November 3. Note: Each consecutive Friday session will last for at least ninety minutes and some may last two full hours.


Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time Zone)


Course Instructor: Peter Murray is the Open Source Community Advocate at Index Data, a software development and consulting enterprise with expertise in networked information retrieval and management based on open standards. He received an MLIS from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University. Peter's current activities include building relationships among libraries, organizations, and service providers participating in the FOLIO open source library service platform project. His other interests include the promoting the awareness and integration of privacy-supporting tools into library services, the application of JPEG 2000 for long-term access and preservation of still and moving image content, distributed identity management systems, and-with the moniker "The Disruptive Library Technology Jester"-the rapid advancement of library services in a social web world.


Basic Student Requisites: Those who plan to register for this training should have:

* Familiarity with HTTP headers and status codes (404, etc.).

* Familiarity with JSON and XML data structures and an understanding of the similarities between the two

* Familiarity with the "cURL" command is desirable, but not required.


The course will make use of the "Postman" ( application/plugin to explore HTTP requests and responses. Finished exercises to be submitted to GitHub for purposes of evaluation by instructor.


Note: The registration fee for this event allows a group to listen into each lecture. However, only two exercises by individuals within that organizational group may be submitted for review by the instructor.


Course Outline (For additional details, see the NISO event page.)


Introduction, Friday, September 15, 2017

Peter Murray, Index Data


Friday, September 22, 2017
Geoffrey Bilder, Crossref


Friday, September 29, 2017
Liz Krznarich, ORCID


Friday, October 6, 2017
Peter Cooper, NLM/PubMed


Friday, October 13, 2017
Doug Loynes, OCLC


Friday, October 20, 2017
Ale de Vries, Scopus


Friday, October 27, 2017
Researcher use of Text, Data Mining APIs; Data-sharing APIs (Dataverse, OECD); Statistical databases (World Bank)


Friday, November 3
Wrap-Up and Final Exercises 



NISO Members (Voting and LSA): Early bird registration: Register before September 5th and pay a discounted rate of $750.00. Register after September 5th and pay $850.00.


Non-Members: Early bird registration: Register before September 5th and pay a discounted rate of $825.00. Register after September 5th and pay $925.00.




To register for this training program, using a credit card, please use this form.


To register for this training program using other methods of payment, please use this (PDF) form.


Please note that it is not possible to register for individual program segments or lectures.


For additional details, see the NISO event page.


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