January 21, 2022

NISO Publishes Standards Tag Suit (NISO STS), a “Standard For Standards” (ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017)

From the National Information Standards Organization:

2017-10-09_11-45-47The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new American National Standard, STS: Standards Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017.

The purpose of this “standard for standards,” which will be known as NISO STS, is to define a suite of XML elements and attributes that describes the full-text content and metadata of standards. NISO STS provides a common format that preserves intellectual content of standards independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered.

This standard includes two implementations: the Interchange Tag Set and the Extended Tag Set. These tag sets, built from the elements and attributes defined in the Suite, provide models for standards publishing and interoperability.

NISO STS builds upon the existing, widely used standard for journal publishers, ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, and a variant of JATS, ISOSTS, the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) version of STS created in 2011. NISO STS has benefited from this robust foundation and broad industry expertise.


“Publishing standards in XML per NISO STS will provide a sustainable upgrade from the inflexibility of PDF,” states NISO Executive Director Todd Carpenter. “NISO is proud to provide a platform for better interchange and leading-edge publishing processes, which is core to our mission. We welcome the efficiencies offered by STS and the improvements it brings to the standards world. As NISO STS is aligned with JATS, its implementers can rest assured that the standard will be well-supported into the future alongside advancing technology and increased user requirements.”


Primary Document: STS: Standards Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017
234 pages; PDF.

The Standards Tag Suite (STS) provides a common XML format that developers, publishers, and distributors of standards, including national standards bodies, regional and international standards bodies, and standards development organizations, can use to publish and exchange full-text content and metadata of standards. STS is based on ANSI/NISO Z39.96 (JATS). Structures are provided to encode both the normative and non-normative content of: standards, adoptions of standards, and standards-like documents that are produced by standards organizations.

Additional Documentation (Including Tag Library, DTD, etc.)

Additional Info About STS Project

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.