The inaugural NISO Plus conference, held in Baltimore, Maryland, started on Sunday, February 23 and ended on Tuesday, February 25. The conference brought together around 250 professionals from across the information community — librarians, publishers, service providers, and more — to focus on our shared challenges and opportunities through a combination of presentations and in-depth discussions.
In his March letter appearing here on NISO I/O, Todd synthesized what would happen next, saying "The most important things began on Wednesday after everyone left, when we sat down and began the process of synthesizing the results and began sifting through the suggestions and project ideas, big and small, to determine what we as a community need to do.The NISO staff have begun synthesizing our reactions."
An element of the conference design was to stimulate discussions that would highlight potential activity for NISO. Conference presentations were organized to facilitate audience input and sharing, and each session created extensive shared notes documents. Following the conference, these documents were then harvested by NISO staff and leadership groups to generate brainstorming sessions on potential future projects for NISO.
This document, NISO Plus 2020 Outputs and Next Steps (PDF) describes this process and its rationale, the work areas covered, and the current status of distillation and prioritization. NISO plans include broader community input and feedback, soon to be put into action.