NISO Announces Events During ALA Midwinter in San Diego

Annual Meeting and Program
Featured speaker Bruce Perens will kick off the National Information Standards Organization's member meeting with a look at the relevance of Open Source software and process to information standards. Like that little drop of water steadily falling on a rock, Open Source is having an impact on the IT infrastructure. The word on the street is that any CIO without an open-source strategy will be paying too much for IT. What's ahead for your company and our community? Held in conjunction with the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association, the international meeting will include delegates from technology vendors and software developers, publishing companies, content aggregators, universities, government, and libraries. The session will be held Sunday, January 11, 4 to 6 p.m., at the U.S. Grant-Wyndam Hotel, Pavilion Ballroom.

Perens is a leader in the Free Software and Open Source community. He is creator of the Open Source Definition, the manifesto of the Open Source movement in Software. He is founder or co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, The Linux Standard Base, Software in the Public Interest, and No-Code International. His Web site address is

Be prepared to be informed and inspired! You'll get the "nuts and bolts" on NISO's activities, meet NISO's new chairperson, Jan Peterson, and get a full report on NISO's standards development agenda from Pat Stevens, chair of the NISO Standards Development Committee. This event is free and open to all. No registration is required. Invite your staff and colleagues to join us for this important session.

NISO/AVIAC Meeting on Networked Reference Protocol
Friday, January 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., San Diego Convention Center, Room 17A/B
AVIAC is an informal gathering of systems and software companies--all company reps are welcome. The January 9 meeting will focus on the new NISO Networked Reference Protocol and the trial implementations to be launched in first quarter 2004. Come to this session to find out how this new standard can be the cornerstone of expanding your company's services and keeping you competitive.

NISO Standards Briefing at LITA's Standards Interest Group
Saturday, January 10, 4:30-5:30p.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 530 Broadway, Bankers Room.
NISO's standards leaders will report on where their work is headed. Find out the latest on the new Statistics and Metrics Standard, Onix for Serials, and the work of the NISO/EDItEUR Joint Working Party, the uptake on the NCIP standard, the OpenURL, and the Metasearch Initiative.

An ISBN Briefing: Size Matters!
Monday, January 12, 3:00-5:30 p.m., San Diego Convention Center, Room 2
Get on the right track to transitioning to the new and enlarged (13-digit) ISBN. How will this change impact your database? What does your back office need to do to get ready and when? This program is free to NISO members; $149 all others. You must pre-register. Registration deadline: January 6.

The Agenda and registration form are on the NISO Web site.

NISO, a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation. The organization's Web site address is

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