Email list hosting service & mailing list manager

Feedback needed for NISO survey Mary Beth Weber 31 Aug 2009 18:36 UTC

I'm posting this on behalf of a colleague. This message has been posted
to a number of lists; apologies for any duplication.

Posted on behalf of the NISO I2 Library Workflows Scenario Group

NISO has identified the need for an institutional identifier to enable
information transactions among uniquely identified entities across the
Web. The NISO Institutional Identifier (I2) working group has been
established to develop a robust, scalable and interoperable standard for
identifying the institution--a core entity in any information transaction.

Institutions create, purchase, share and establish the provenance and
authority of information for their users. Libraries and archives have
been among the earliest adopters of institutional identifiers, from the
published union catalog of library cards with NUC identifiers to
interlibrary lending using the MARC code list for Organizations. These
identifiers have reached their limits in terms of extensibility, scale
and uniqueness. As non-actionable identifiers, they lack the currency
and functionality to support information management in the global web

This identifier strategy must work in the global information space and
support the business model and needs of all the stakeholders—commercial
information and service providers, institutions, creators, rights
holders and users. It must integrate smoothly with existing workflows
and processes and enable future workflows within the information chain.

Libraries and archives are major participants in global information
sharing and have critical needs for institutional identifiers within
their own organizations, for consortial activities and to share
information with other institutions and their users worldwide. Legacy
identifiers are embedded in most core library workflows. Understanding
and supporting the needs of libraries is critical for the development of
an institutional identifier strategy that is robust and useful for the
long term.

Please assist us by taking part in a brief survey about the use of
institutional identifiers in libraries. More than one individual can
contribute from a library since the use of identifiers differs across
library workflow areas. The survey consists of 11 questions that are
largely multiple choice and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Thank you for your assistance with this effort. Your participation is
important to us.


Thank you!

Grace Agnew
Co-Chair, NISO I2 Working Group

Mary Beth Weber
Head, Technical Services Department
Technical and Automated Services
Rutgers University Libraries