Wednesday, August 20, 2008

[DIGLIB] ISO ONIX-PL Webinar: Speaker Roster Finalized

I recently received this announcement from the Digital Library list:

The speakers have been finalized for NISO's webinar on ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL), to be held on September 10, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (eastern time).

Alicia Wise, Chief Executive, Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) and Chair of NISO's new ONIX-PL working group will begin the event by describing the need for ONIX-PL, the benefits it provides for various stakeholders, the ongoing maintenance she and the NISO working group will be doing with this standard, and will provide an overview of the work done to get the trial version to this stage.

Jeff Aipperspach, Senior Product Manager, Serials Solutions, and Rick Burke, Executive Director, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), will give their hands-on perspectives of the trial they are conducting with ONIX-PL, a project that should provide a model for future ONIX-PL implementations.

SCELC and Serials Solutions are partnering with a number of publishers to test the transmission of licensing data using the ONIX-PL messages. In this trial, publishers will deliver machine readable license information in a standardized way via XML. The ONIX-PL transmitted information will then be mapped into Serials Solution's ERM system, eliminating the tedious manual entry of license terms. The end result will be an improved user interface for easily accessing terms.

*Intended Audience:*

This webinar is for librarians, publishers, and content providers who are interested in how to express licenses in a machine-readable format, load them into electronic resource management systems, link them to digital resources, and communicate key usage terms to users.

*Information and Registration:*

Please visit the event website ( for more information and to register. The fee is $59 for NISO and ALCTS members and $79 for non-members.

This is the third webinar in the series on Demystifying Standards. The slides and Q&A from the introductory webinar are available online ( for those who wish to review them.
The second webinar, OpenURL: Link Resolution That Users Will Love (, will be held August 21, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (eastern time); registration is open until noon on August 21.
A webinar on SUSHI will be held October 2.

Note: This announcement was cross-posted.

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Phone: 301-654-2512

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

European Library provides search box to their resources

News from The European Library

The European Library [TEL] is a service provided by the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL). It offers free access to the combined resources of the national libraries of Europe. The service is aimed at everyone who wants a powerful and simple way of finding (digital) library materials.

TEL is the organizational driver for the European Digital Library. This European Commission initiative will encompass not only libraries but also museums, archives and other holders of cultural heritage content.

In other words - The European Library is a highly reliable educational tool and a unique source for information from across Europe.

Having developed this great resource, they are now providing a mini version of its searchbox that website owners can easily install on their own site to search the TEL digital collection. This searchbox is now available to install for free. See: Mini Searchbox

This searchbox gives direct and centralized access to Europe's national libraries. This means you can offer your users:

- a quick check whether a national library has digitised a particular item
- a shortcut to reliable information and material (books, photos, maps,
images, films, etc.) from all over Europe.

To get results your visitors only need to enter a search term in the box like the one below. Check it out:

They also have a linking program. See: Links
Please send your request for inclusion to

In the near future the services of The European Library will be expanded. You can Subscribe on their site to their newsletter to keep up to date.