Updated ONIX for Serials formats now available Katharina Klemperer 03 May 2006 15:58 UTC

The NISO/EDItEUR Joint Working Party for the Exchange of Serials
Subscription Information is pleased to announce the availability of updated
pilot versions of the ONIX for Serials Serials Release Notification (SRN)
and Serials Products and Subscriptions (SPS) formats.  An XML schema and a
prose overview for these formats are available on the EDItEUR website at
http://www.editeur.org/onixserials.html.  An eye-readable ONIX for Serials
Glossary and a Codelist can also be found at that location.  These formats
join the already-completed Serials Online Holdings (SOH) format.

ONIX for Serials is a family of XML formats for communicating information
about serial products and subscription information.  The development of the
formats has taken place through the efforts of the Joint Working Party,
with the participation of libraries, subscription agents, publishers, and
suppliers of systems and services to the serials world.

The SRN and SPS formats are currently at release 0.91, which is a release
for piloting.  On completion of the pilots, and the incorporation of any
consequent changes, EDItEUR will issue a first full Release, to be numbered
1.0.  Organizations involved with the exchange of serials information are
encouraged to exercise and exchange these messages and to send comments on
the specification and schema to EDItEUR (brian@bic.org.uk).  Organizations
that are using the formats during the pilot period are asked to contact
EDItEUR at the same address.

To receive notices of updates to ONIX Serials formats and documentation,
please subscribe to the ONIX for Serials mailing list by sending an email
to O4Sinfo-subscribe@list.niso.org with "subscribe" as the subject.  You
will receive an email from the list requesting confirmation.

To participate in the more detailed ONIX for Serials implementers'
discussion list, please subscribe to the ONIX for Serials implementation
mailing list by sending an email to O4Simplement-subscribe@list.niso.org
with "subscribe" as the subject.

About EDItEUR: EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development
of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book and
serials industries.  EDItEUR is a truly international organization with 90
members from 17 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, South
Africa, United States and most of the European countries.

About NISO:  NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, a
non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical
standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital

Katharina Klemperer, MLS
Library and Information Systems Consulting
37 Minuteman Rd.
Acton, MA 01720 USA