NISO Professional Development Events, December 2023 and January 2024

December 2023

NISO Open Teleconference

December 11 Open Teleconference: JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite)
Monday, December 11, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Co-chairs of the NISO JATS Standing Committee, Jeff Beck and Tommie Usdin, will join Nettie Lagace in a discussion about the standard and the current activities of the Standing Committee which maintains it. 

The Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) is an XML format used to describe scientific literature published online. It is a technical standard developed by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and approved by the American National Standards Institute with the code Z39.96-2021 (Version 1.3 published earlier this year). The NISO project was a continuation of the work done by NLM/NCBI, and popularized by the NLM's PubMed Central as a de facto standard for archiving and interchange of scientific open-access journals and its contents with XML.

The JATS provides a set of XML elements and attributes for describing the textual and graphical content of journal articles as well as some non-article material such as letters, editorials, and book and product reviews. JATS allows for descriptions of the full article content or just the article header metadata; and allows other kinds of contents, including research and non-research articles, letters, editorials, and book and product reviews.

NISO Webinar

Trend Spotting, Trend Setting
Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

In a decade that has already tested our resiliency, what should we be anticipating and preparing for in the coming year? Join this discussion of the shifts and trends that information industry leaders are picking up on. Where are the opportunities to be found? Which genius will come up with and develop the Next Big Thing? Or, perhaps we shouldn’t be thinking in terms of the Next Big Thing. Maybe our speakers will decide that 2024 is the year that we look around at the variety of cogs and wheels we already have and invite our colleagues to dream about constructing a better mousetrap.

Confirmed speakers: Juan Pablo Alperin, Associate Director of Research, The Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University; Alison Denby, US Vice President, Journals, Oxford University Press; Cindy Hohl, Director, Policy Analysis, Kansas City Public Library and American Library Association President-Elect; Daniel Hook, CEO, Digital Science; and Karin Wulf, Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library and Professor of History, Brown University.

January 2024

NISO Webinar

Author Rights
Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Authors must navigate a variety of distribution models when thinking about sharing their content. Does one choose a subscription-based or open access publication? The decision may also mean juggling institutional and grant-related requirements regarding venue and copyright. Choosing is daunting. In concert, librarians and publishers must grasp the implications of the services offered, from read and publish contracts to rights retention policies. By engaging community leaders working closely on these issues, this roundtable will delve into important topics at the intersection of accessibility, cost, and authorship to reveal important insights about the ever-changing scholarly communications environment.

Confirmed speakers (others TBA) include Kyle Courtney, Director of Copyright and Information Policy, Harvard University Library, and Judy Ruttenberg, Senior Director, Scholarship and Policy, ARL (Association of Research Libraries).