May 23, 2022

Standards: NISO’s Executive Directory Takes You “Around the Publishing Technology World in 25 Minutes”

At the annual Project Muse Publishers Meeting held in Baltimore on Thursday, Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO (National Information Standards Organization) shared an excellent presentation with attendees about his organization (one we mention regularly on infoDOCKET) and current projects and initiatives they’re working on.

If you’re not familiar with NISO (you should be) and Carpenter’s talk is an excellent way to learn more.

If you’re already aware of NISO, the presentation is a useful review.

Following what NISO is up to is a useful (and interesting) way to monitor emerging and current trends/technology as well as seeing how current standards are being adapted for the changing landscape.

I’ve thought for a long time that a class either at the beginning or end (or both) of a library science/info school education that watches and discusses NISO initiatives and perhaps even forecasts future needs and topics would be and should be part of library school/information school education.

Some of the Initiatives Discussed in Carpenter’s Presentation Include:

  • Authoritative Disambiguation: Name Identification (ISNI and ORCID)
  • Open Discovery Initiative
  • DDA
  • Annotations
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Altmetrics

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.