*NISO Releases Draft Recommended Practice on Exchanging Serial Content for
Public Comment*

Baltimore, MD – November 4, 2014 – The National Information Standards
Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice
Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC), NISO RP-23-201x. This
Recommended Practice was developed to provide guidance on the best way to
manage all of the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner
that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in
understanding what has been delivered and received.

“As part of their missions, many different organizations—libraries,
archives, indexing services, content aggregators, publishers, and content
creators—need to exchange and work with digital files that make up serial
content,” states Leslie Johnston, Director of Digital Preservation,
National Archives and Records Administration, and Co-chair of the NISO PESC
Working Group. “When digital serial content is exchanged, the files that
comprise a serial “publication” are packaged together in some manner and
these packages can be highly variable. Currently, there is no standardized
packaging format that addresses the level of specificity and granularity
needed and the PESC Recommended Practice was developed to fill this gap.”

“The recommendations in this document describe preferred practices for the
packaging and exchange of serial content to enable the automation of
processes to receive and manage serial content at scale,” explains Kimberly
A. Tryka, Research Data Librarian, National Institute of Standards &
Technology (NIST), and Co-chair of the NISO PESC Working Group. “By
following these practices, organizations can make it clear what content has
been transmitted, how it is organized, and what processing is required when
a new package is received.”

“NISO is soliciting feedback on this draft Recommended Practice from any
organization that needs to exchange serial publication information,” states
Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. “This feedback will be
used to make any needed revisions to the document before final publication
of the recommendations.”

The draft recommended practice is open for public comment through December
5, 2014. To download the draft or submit online comments, visit the
Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content (PESC) Working Group webpage at:

*About NISO*
NISO 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 an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit
association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
More information about NISO is available on its website:

*For more information contact:*
Nettie Lagace
Associate Director for Programs
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21211
Mobile: 617-863-0501
Fax: 410-685-5278
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