[Oa-italia] NISO lancia un'iniziativa per la standardizzazione dei metadati per l'accesso aperto e degli indicatori di accessibilità

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NISO Launches New Initiative to Develop Standard for Open Access  
Metadata and Indicators

Interested participants from all library types, publishers, and  
funding agencies are encouraged to contact NISO

February 7, 2013 - Baltimore, MD - The National Information Standards  
Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to  
develop standardized bibliographic metadata and visual indicators to  
describe the accessibility of journal articles as well as potentially  
describe how "open" the item is. Many offerings are available from  
publishers under the banner of Open Access (OA), Increased Access,  
Public Access, or other descriptions; the terms offered vary between  
publishers and, in some cases, based on the funding organization of  
the author. Adding to the potential confusion, a number of publishers  
also offer hybrid options in which some articles are "open" while the  
rest of the journal's content are available only by subscription or  
license. No standardized bibliographic metadata currently provides  
information on whether a specific article is freely readable and what  
re-use rights might be available to readers. Visual indicators or  
icons indicating the openness of an article are inconsistent in both  
design and use across publishers or even across journals from the same  

"The NISO OA metadata and indicator project would complement other  
related efforts currently underway," states Nettie Lagace, NISO's  
Associate Director for Programs. "Such projects include CrossMark,  
CrossRef's update identification service; How Open Is It?, a guide  
developed by PLoS, SPARC, and OASPA; Vocabularies for OA (V40A), a  
JISC/UKOLN project; ONIX-PL, a specification for communicating  
licensing terms developed by EDItEUR; the Linked Content Coalition;  
and NISO's Open Discovery Initiative. Coordination and communication  
with these projects will be an important aspect of the NISO working  
group's efforts."

"The benefits of having standardized OA metadata and indicators should  
have a positive impact on many participants in the scholarly  
communications chain," explains Todd Carpenter, NISO's Executive  
Director. "Funders who have implemented OA mandates would have a  
mechanism to determine if a specific article or researcher is  
compliant with their policies. Publishers of hybrid journals would  
benefit by having a simple mechanism for signaling the OA status of  
the articles published under that model. Authors could more easily  
determine whether their selected distribution option is being  
respected and be able to document their compliance with funder  
requirements. Readers could more easily ascertain from search results  
if they can read an article for free or fee-and more easily adhere to  
the terms that publishers have established. Aggregators and discovery  
service providers would have an improved mechanism of programmatically  
collecting and surfacing OA articles that are available in the  

The project launched by NISO will focus initially on metadata elements  
that describe the readership rights associated with an OA article.  
Specifically, the NISO Working Group will determine the optimal  
mechanisms to describe and transmit the right, if any, an arbitrary  
user has to access a specific article from any internet connection  
point. Recommendations will include a means for distribution and  
aggregation of this metadata in machine-readable form. The group will  
also consider the feasibility of incorporating information on re-use  
rights and the feasibility of reaching agreement on transmission of  
that data.

Individuals interested in participating in this working group should  
contact Nettie Lagace (nlagace a niso.org). An interest group list for  
this project will be available for those who would like to receive  
updates on the Working Group's progress and provide feedback to the  
group on its work. To subscribe, send an e-mail to  
oa-indicators-info-subscribe a list.niso.org.

About 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:  
www.niso.org. For more information please contact NISO at (301)  
654-2512 or via e-mail at nisohq a niso.org.

For More Information, Contact:
Nettie Lagace
Phone: 301-654-2512
Email Nettie Lagace


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