May 17, 2022

Standards: NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) Standing Committee to Replace Former Maintenance Agency

From the National Information Standards Organization:

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the replacement of the maintenance agency for the two-part American National Standard on the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol(NCIP), ANSI/NISO Z39.83, with a Standing Committee for ongoing maintenance of the standard. NCIP addresses the need for interoperability among disparate circulation, interlibrary loan, consortial borrowing, and self-service applications by standardizing the exchange of messages between and among computer-based applications.

The NCIP protocol is widely supported in integrated library systems (ILS) and resource sharing software.

“Maintenance agencies were typically established for certain types of information system standards where the community requires implementation support and the tracking and resolution of problem reports,” explains Nettie Lagace, NISO’s Associate Director for Programs. “In 2009, NISO moved the NCIP standard to continuous maintenance, which allows for regular submittal and review of proposed changes and more frequent updating of the standard. The NCIP Implementers Group was changed at that time to a Standing Committee to oversee the continuous maintenance process. In 2013, EnvisionWare, who had been the Maintenance Agency for the standard decided to step down from that role and the NCIP Standing Committee has agreed to take over its responsibilities.”

“Staff at EnvisionWare are to be commended for the excellent oversight they provided for the NCIP standard for many years,” states Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “They took an active role in promoting the use of the standard and have worked hand-in-hand with the Implementers Group and Standing Committee to ensure the standard remains current.”

“The NCIP Standing Committee has taken over responsibility for the website,” states Mike Dicus, Product Manager, Ex Libris, and Chair of the NCIP Standing Committee.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: Introduction to NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol, also known as Z39.83) 

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