May 29, 2022

NISO Publishes Recommended Practice on Exchanging Serial Content (PESC)

From the National Information Standards Organization:

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) (NISO RP-23-2015), which provides guidance on the best way to manage the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in understanding what has been delivered and received.


“By following these recommendations, exchanging organizations can clearly communicate more systematically what content has been transmitted, how it is organized, and what processing is required when a new package is received,” comments Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “We are pleased to publish the collaborative product of another successful Working Group. As we have done with other initiatives, NISO will create a Standing Committee that will provide maintenance, education, and outreach for PESC.”

Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) (NISO RP-23-2015) is available for free download from the PESC Working Group webpage.

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