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October 24, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative Releases Recommended Practice Draft

A draft of “Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery” is open for public comment until Nov. 18, 2013. This recommended practice from the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) provides guidelines for content providers and discovery service creators on how to address issues that arise in the use of indexed search as part of library discovery services.

NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) created the recommended practice to help further its goal of “defining standards and/or best practices for the new generation of library discovery services that are based on indexed search,” according to its website.

“An increasing number of libraries, especially those that serve academic or research institutions, have invested in index-based discovery services as a strategic interface to all their resources,” says Marshall Breeding, an independent library consultant and co-chair of the ODI Working Group. “These libraries expect their uniquely licensed and purchased electronic content to be made available within their discovery service of choice,” but resources’ indexing and metadata elements are not always clear, he says.

ODI uses the recommended practice to suggest improvements for how content is represented in discovery services and to mediate the relationship between content providers and discovery service creators. Content providers can learn about using metadata elements, linking, and technical formats, while discovery service creators can view information on content listings, linking, file formats, transfer methods, and usage statistics.

Source: National Information Standards Organization

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