NISO Professional Development Events, February and March 2020

February 2020

NISO Open Teleconference:

Open Teleconference - ODI
February 10, 2020, 3:00 am - 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Open Discovery Initiative Standing Committee co-chairs Rachel Kessler and Laura Morse will join NISO Associate Executive Director Nettie Lagace for a conversation about the revised Recommended Practice, which is now available in draft form for public comment through March 9

Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Recommended Practice defines best practices for the new generation of library discovery services that are based on indexed search. These discovery services are primarily based upon indexes derived from journals, ebooks and other electronic information of a scholarly nature. The content comes from a range of information providers and products--commercial, open access, institutional, etc. Given the growing interest and activity in the interactions between information providers and discovery services, a more standard set of practices is required for the ways that content is represented in discovery services and for the interactions between the creators of these services and the information providers whose resources they represent. 

The Recommended Practice includes guidelines to content providers on disclosure of level of participation, the minimum set of metadata elements provided for indexing, linking practices, and technical formats. Recommendations for discovery service providers address content listings, linking practices, file formats and methods of transfer to be supported, and usage statistics. The document also provides background information on the evolution of discovery and delivery technology and a standard set of terminology and definitions for this technology area.

The call on Monday is free and anyone is welcome to participate. Dial-in instructions for the April 8 Open Teleconference appear on the NISO event page

NFAIS Forethought:

Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Internal Systems
February 12, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Every organization, as a standard course of action, should be implementing protection policies and updating protective measures surrounding their confidential data and internal systems. Phishing and malware are a constant threat. As a response, reliable cybersecurity requires an integrated approach in ensuring the safety of networks, devices, and data. How should enterprises and institutions be thinking about their cybersecurity needs? What basic requirements should be in place? What guidelines or best practices exist? What are the best resources? This roundtable discussion will bring together experts active in the field to address these and other questions.

NOTE: ALL members of NISO automatically receive sign-on credentials for this event as a member benefit. There is no need to register separately. Check your institutional membership status here.

Conferences Attending:

The NISO Plus Conference
Sunday February 23, 2020 - Tuesday, February 25, 2020, The Lord Baltimore Hotel

The NISO Plus conference is a continuation of the NFAIS Annual Conference, but in a new and exciting form. We are taking the 60+ year history of the NFAIS Annual conference and expanding it to contain even more of the information professions. We want the NISO Plus Conference to be a place where publishers, vendors, librarians, archivists, product managers, metadata specialists, electronic resource managers, and much more come together to both solve existing problems and more importantly have conversations that prevent future problems from ever occurring.

Click here for a list of confirmed speakers, sponsors, registration information and more!

March 2020

NISO Two Part Webinar:

NISO Two Part Webinar: Labor and Capacity and Building Data Science Skills
Wednesdays, March 11, and March 18, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Labor and Capacity for Research Data Management, Part One, Wednesday, March 11, 2020:

For any library serving a research community, research data management continues to be a significant area of interest and concern. Significant labor must be applied to the curation and preservation of such data and additional resources allocated to ensure on-going access. This program will consider the combined roles of archivists, data librarians and administrators in formulating and delivering suitable and effective services. What communities of practice exist? Which is preferred -- a general purpose data repository or one that is discipline specific? How varied is the form of such data? What practices and policies have proven effective? This session will update practitioners and administrators.

Building Data Science Skills: Strategic Support for the Work, Part Two, Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

This roundtable discussion will focus on the on-going need for information professionals to be well-versed in data science skills in order to successfully support the work of students, scholars and other professionals. While the community may be quite familiar with the research data lifecycle, it is likely that additional tools or support are needed for information professionals as they extract, wrangle, analyze and present data? From the perspective of administrators, where are the challenges in ensuring staff are sufficiently prepared and supported by their institution? How does such expertise bolster the position of the library? What is the best way for data science education to permeate the institution? What policies or practices have proven useful?

NOTE: ALL members of NISO automatically receive sign-on credentials for this event as a member benefit. There is no need to register separately. Check your institutional membership status here.

Non-members of NISO may register for one session or for both at a packaged rate. Access to an archived recording of the event is always included in your registration fee, regardless of membership status. See the individual event pages for more information!

NISO Virtual Conference:

Researcher Behaviors and the Impact of Technology
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 pm Noon - 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

The introduction of technologies (augmented reality, visualization screens, quantum computing, etc.) can dramatically change how research is performed as well as how the outcome of the research is presented. This event will tap into the excitement felt by researchers when they find a new technology offering greater efficiencies to their work as well as how their adoption of new technologies changes the workflow. Not every community will need the same tools so this event will feature those working in a variety of fields.  Service providers of all sorts will be interested in what technologies have captured the interest of scholars as well as transformed their output.