NISO has announced that a revised version of its Recommended Practice Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery, is now published and freely available for use by the information community. Originally published in 2014, the proposed revisions to this Recommended Practice were open for public comment earlier in 2019. All feedback received was reviewed by the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee and, where appropriate, incorporated into this final version.
Index-based discovery services are one of the main channels through which users discover and access content. NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative provides technical recommendations for the exchange of data, in order to provide a way of assessing content providers’ participation in discovery services and to ensure fair and unbiased indexing and linking. The updated Recommended Practice provides a more detailed treatment of Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) content products, and supports better metadata sharing (including information about open access material) and record display, as well as improved tracking of usage statistics and authentication mechanisms. It also includes advice on systems, training, and communication for libraries that configure and upgrade their discovery systems.
The updated version of NISO RP-19-2020, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery is available on the NISO standards and publications page and via the ODI Standing Committee page.
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