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OpenAthens joins as member of National Information Standards Organisation -

OpenAthens joins NISO’s roster of well-respected member organisations, as a Voting Member which allows to ‘have a voice at the table’, and to participate in discussion, debate, and decision-making about technological advances in information management. This includes the opportunity to join multiple NISO working groups and committees, and to stand for election for the NISO Board.

OpenAthens has worked with NISO on projects before, including on the two-year RA21 initiative which delivered a set of recommended practices.

When RA21 was replaced by Seamless Access in 2019, OpenAthens continued to work with NISO and other organisations on the new initiative’s Advisory and Outreach Committee. OpenAthens also participated in several NISO-led webinars and is represented on the NISO Plus 21 Planning Committee. NISO’s executive director, Todd Carpenter was a plenary speaker at the OpenAthens 2019 conference.

Recently NISO announced its three-year strategic plan, which focuses on four key themes: Diversity and Inclusion; Trendsetting; Standards Development for Content and Technology; and Community Development.

Voting Members of NISO must support its goals, which are to initiate, develop, maintain, and publish technical standards in the information industry. Furthermore, members are expected to understand and influence NISO standards, helping to ensure their own products both follow industry best practices and meet the customers’ needs.

Founded in 1939, NISO is a non-profit membership organisation, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), whose mission is to build knowledge, foster discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional communities. Through NISO, all these communities are able to collaborate on mutually accepted standards and solutions that enhance their operations today and form a foundation for the future.

More information about NISO’s work can be found at

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