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January 9, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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NISO Recommended Practice Open for Public Comment

A draft of “Open Access Metadata and Indicators” from the Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group is open for public comment until Feb. 4, 2014. This National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recommended practice was created to develop standardized bibliographic metadata and consistent visual displays to indicate journal articles’ levels of open access (OA) and reuse rights.

The current draft proposes the adoption of the metadata tags <free_to_read>, which indicates that a work is freely accessible during a specified time frame, and <license_ref>, which links to a set of license terms for the work.

“It is unclear to readers when an article is freely accessible and what their re-use rights are. Funders are unsure if the publication of an article complies with their open access policies. Aggregators and platform or knowledgebase providers have no consistent mechanism for machine-processing metadata and identifying the accessibility or rights status,” according to Cameron Neylon, co-chair of the Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group. “Adoption of these two common metadata designations will allow both humans and machines to assess the status of content.”

Source: National Information Standards Organization



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