NISO Forms Architecture Committee to Coordinate Work in Key Topic Areas

Baltimore, MD - June 22, 2007 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has formed an Architecture Committee to provide strategic direction for the organization and to coordinate with and provide guidance to NISO's new Topic Committees: Discovery to Delivery, Business Information, and Content and Collection Management. The move is part of NISO's strategic redesign of its standards development process, influenced to a great extent by the report of a Blue Ribbon Panel supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
"The Architecture Committee's scope of work reflects the interdependence of diverse elements of the information community," noted Committee Chair Chuck Koscher, Director of Technology, CrossRef. "We will address overarching issues, such as the kind of activities that standards support, and the kinds of standards needed by the communitythat is, standards in the areas of identification, format, transaction, and policy."

At its inception, the committee consists of the following leaders in the information creation, dissemination, delivery, storage, and preservation communities:

  • Oren Beit Arie, Chief Strategy Officer, Ex Libris Group
  • Karen Coyle, Digital Library Consultant
  • Mike Crandall. Chair, Master of Science in Information Management, University of Washington
  • Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC
  • Jeremy Frumkin, Gray Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University Libraries
  • Cliff Lynch, Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • Sally McCallum, Chief, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress
  • Cliff Morgan, Vice President, Planning & Development Director, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Evan Owens, Chief Technology Officer, Portico
  • Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist of E-Resources, EBSCO Information Services
  • Jenny Walker, Vice President, Marketing, Xrefer>

"That NISO can bring together such an esteemed group to provide vision and direction to our standards program is a sign of our vibrancy and the critical nature of the standards we are developing," said Todd Carpenter, Managing Director of NISO. "Having diverse perspectives will allow NISO to be proactive in incubating and fostering the development of new standards work and I look forward to the results of the Committee's work."

Questions related to participation in the Committee or to its scope of work should be directed to Karen Wetzel, NISO's Standards Program Manager, at

About the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

NISO ( 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 life cycle of an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information about NISO is available on its website: