NISO Launches Content and Collection Management Committee

Baltimore, MD July 2, 2007 As part of a strategic redesign of its standards-development process, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has inaugurated a Content and Collection Management Topic Committee to address issues regarding developing, describing, providing access to, and maintaining content items and collections. Specific areas of coverage include Dublin Core, library binding, storage area networks, and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

"The CCM committee is responsible for some of the core standards, protocols, and identifiers in our industryranging from ISSNs to Dublin Core to the strength of steel shelving," said Ted Koppel, Committee Chair and Verde Product Manager for Ex Libris. "The library world looks to standards as the basis for bibliographic control and exchange, as well in many other functional areas. Our role is to analyze the present and help guide the future by ensuring the relevance and currency of appropriate standards."

In addition to tracking national and international standards development related to its topic area, the Topic Committee will identify additional work to fill gaps in the content and collection development standards landscape. As part of this effort, the Topic Committee will convene Thought Leader meetings on specific areas for development, the initial round of which is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Collections and Content Management is one of three new Topic Committees formed as part of NISO's strategic restructuring effort. The other two committees focus on Business Information and on Discovery to Delivery.

Questions about the Topic Committee may 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 lifecycle 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: