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Wednesday, July 28 • 9:00am - 10:00am
W27- Why Standards and Best Practices Make Scholarly Communications Better and How You Can Help, Whether You’re a Novice or Seasoned Professional

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Scholarly communication, as a community encompassing many stakeholder groups, relies heavily on the "communication" aspect, as we work together to develop the processes, tools, and policies needed to improve throughput and effectiveness. Development and application of standards and best practices are a huge part of ensuring that scholarly communication supporters aren't "reinventing the wheel" — that we are finding sustainable, interoperable, consensus-developed solutions wherever possible.

But how are information standards and best practices developed? How can scholarly communications professionals identify what standards are needed, contribute to their development, foster their adoption, and assure their maintenance? This training session will examine — through presentations, group discussions, and exercises — the ingredients that make industry standards as effective and useful as possible. Students will leave feeling confident that they have the understanding and knowledge they need to contribute to improving best practices for both their own organization and the wider information community.

Topics to be covered include:
  • An introduction to information standards, standards development organizations (SDOs), and the role that consensus plays - why, what, how?
  • Building consensus in information standards development — with guest lecturers representing the three main NISO stakeholder groups - librarians, publishers, and the vendors who serve them. Additional discussions will take into account stakeholders in other industry SDOs.
  • Information standards in the community - who’s using what and why, exemplars from an array of SDOs and different stakeholder groups
  • How to be an “information standardista” - what are the right standards for you and your organization to adopt, what do you need to implement them, where can you find more information, what else do you need? How do you know when it’s necessary, or better, to propose a new standard?

(All times Pacific)
Wednesday, July. 28
9-10AM: Session 1
5-6PM: REPEAT Session 1
Monday, Aug. 2
9-10AM: Session 2
5-6PM: REPEAT Session 2
Wednesday, Aug. 4
9-10AM: Session 3
5-6PM: REPEAT: Session 3

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Nettie Lagace

Associate Executive Director, NISO - National Information Standards Organization
Nettie Lagace is the Associate Executive Director at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISO's topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and working with the community to encourage broad adoption of this consensus work. Prior... Read More →
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Alice Meadows

Co-Founder, MoreBrains
I'm one of four Co-Founders of the MoreBrains Cooperative, a consultancy that specializes in and shares the values of open research, with a focus on scholarly communications, and research information management, policy, and infrastructures. After working part-time at MoreBrains since... Read More →
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Todd Carpenter

Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
Wine, food, wine, Standards, running, wine, food, wine.http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8320-0491

Wednesday July 28, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
W27 Classroom