[Eril-l] NISO Publishes E-Book Metadata Recommended Practice

NISO Announce niso-announce at niso.org
Thu Feb 10 06:44:23 PST 2022

**Apologies for cross posting**

Baltimore, MD, February 10, 2022: Today sees the publication of the
NISO Recommended
Practice, E-Book Bibliographic Metadata Requirements in the Sale,
Publication, Discovery, Delivery, and Preservation Supply Chain (NISO
RP-29-2022) <https://www.niso.org/publications/rp-29-2022-ebmd>. This
document, prepared by the E-Book Metadata Working Group
<https://www.niso.org/standards-committees/ebmd> and approved by the NISO
Information Creation & Curation Topic Committee, incorporates feedback
received from publishers, retailers, libraries, service providers,
preservation agencies, and others who are using e-book metadata.

The Recommended Practice focuses on several key areas for e-book metadata —
defining the minimal requirements for sales, discovery, delivery,
electronic holdings management, and preservation purposes; identifying the
best way to transmit metadata through the supply chain; updates to titles
and holdings; developing rules for e-book metadata deduplication purposes;
and sharing a variety of examples of recommended practice implementation.

The Recommended Practice focuses on key metadata elements — titles, names,
dates, book identifiers, and subjects — to enable basic functions of e-book
metadata that apply across all stakeholder organizations: identifying a
book, matching records for the same book or version, and distinguishing
records that refer to different books or versions. The goal is to provide
principles and examples that support shared understanding and, where
possible, alignment of e-book metadata practices across sectors,
complementing existing e-book best practices and guidelines, such as those
published by BISG, EDItEUR, and W3C.

“Ensuring that all stakeholders have a shared understanding of standards,
practices, and purposes for the metadata they use is crucial,” says Working
Group co-chair Ravit David of Scholars Portal, University of Toronto,
“especially since the format, transmission, and applications of e-book
metadata are constantly changing, and workflows and data exchange are
increasingly automated, massive in scale, and networked.”

Ravit’s co-chair, Alistair Morrison of Johns Hopkins University, notes,
“Involving a broad and diverse group of stakeholders, both in the Working
Group and through the public comment period, has enabled us to ensure that
our recommendations can be widely adopted and used throughout all sectors
of the information community.”

"NISO is very grateful to Ravit, Alistair, and all the members of the
E-Book Metadata Working Group for developing this Recommended Practice, as
well as to everyone who took the time to comment on it,” says NISO's
Executive Director, Todd Carpenter. “Implementing these recommendations
will benefit the whole e-book community — from authors to readers, from
publishers to retailers, vendors, and libraries.”

The Recommended Practice is freely available at

About NISO

NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and maintenance
of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and
effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in
research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries,
publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support
learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization,
management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting
communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information
standards. NISO is a non-profit association accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO
website (https://niso.org).


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