The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces two one-day workshops, to be held October 29 and 30, 2003 on "The Next Generation of Access: OpenURL and Metasearch." These two leading standards initiatives promise to re-shape information access for all actors in the information delivery equation: publisher, aggregator, librarian, student, scholar and author.
Day 1, October 29, is devoted to "Open URL: Demystifying Link Resolution." Directed to librarians, publishers and vendors, this workshop will help attendees understand how the Open URL standard and other linking initiatives support a rich linking environment that enhances the value and usability of information products. The workshop will explain link resolvers and knowledge databases, and the respective roles of content providers, librarians, and vendors in implementing the current standard. An update from NISO members on new standards and guidelines will help attendees plan for future enhancements and suggest how they can encourage and participate in new developments.
Day 2, October 30, will address "Metasearch: What It Is Now, What It Could Be, and How Standards Can Help Us Get There." Whether you are an expert or a novice, this workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the metasearch services now on the market, and provide an overview of pending developments. ILS vendors, online service providers, metasearch producers and librarians will present their views. The metasearch implementation process and its impact on the library and its users will be discussed. NISO members who are involved in new metasearch standards initiatives will describe how their efforts to produce guidelines, identify best practices, and develop new standards will help address current concerns.
On both days, sponsors will exhibit and provide information about their relevant services. Additional information about the workshops, including detailed agendas, is posted on the NISO Web site. Pre-reading workshop papers, intended to spark attendees' thinking, will be available after October 15 on the Web site.
The meeting will be held at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) located at 2000 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. One-day registration fee is $199 for NISO members and $259 for nonmembers. Two-day registration fee is $359 for members and $499 for nonmembers. This fee covers lunch, breaks, handouts, and the facilities charges. An Early Bird registration discount of $20 is available to those who register by September 30, 2003. The registration form can be accessed online.