NISO/BISG Announce Agenda for Information Standards Forum

Free Half-Day Event Will Precede ALA Conference in Washington DC

Baltimore, MD - June 5, 2007 - On June 22, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) will present a free, half-day forum in Washington, D.C., "The Changing Standards Landscape: Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems." The forum, to be held at the Renaissance Washington's Grand Ballroom (North), will immediately precede the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC.
NISO's Managing Director, Todd Carpenter, and BISG's Executive Director, Michael Healy, will lead the forum through six main agenda items:

  1. The Changing Model for Standards Development
    1. United Action for Common Problems
    2. The Importance of Standards
  2. Emerging and Established Standards for Successful Content Management
    1. Identify & Describe, which will explore the chief characteristics of successful identifiers and metadata. Speakers are Norman Paskin, Tertius Ltd. and Founding Director, International DOI Foundation and Brian Green, Executive Director, ISBN/EDItEUR.
    2. Discover & Retrieve, which will examine why understanding standards related to online search, browse, and retrieval will be essential not only for exploiting new economic models like e-books or page pay-per-view, but for facilitating the online marketing of physical books as well. The presenter for this session is Carolyn Pittis, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Strategy and Operations, HarperCollins.
    3. Comply & Use, which will offer two perspectives on the complex exercise of communicating access and use permissions. The speakers are Nathan Robertson, Electronic Resources Librarian, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law and Mark Bide, Senior Consultant, Rightscom, who will address the unique collaboration known as the ACAP project.
  3. A Roundtable Discussion will look at "What now?"

For more information on participating in this free forum, visit or contact Karen Wetzel, NISO 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:

About Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the U.S. publishing industry's leading trade association for policy, standards and research. The mission of BISG is to create a more informed, empowered, and efficient book industry supply chain. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For 30 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community. More information about BISG is available on its website: